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Thread: Alligator - Bag finishes has been worn off the top handle!

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    Default Alligator - Bag finishes has been worn off the top handle!

    Hi Roger,
    Can Topcoat 79G be used on alligator?
    The finish has been worn off the top handles. Which cleaner is safe for alligator?

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    Feb 2007
    Greater Vancouver, Canada.


    This looks like “glazed” alligator leather.
    Glazed leathers are finished by machine under steel roller or glass with specialty finishes.
    The result is a high gloss, smooth and flatten surface with a mellow handle.

    >>> Can Topcoat 79G be used on alligator?

    Yes! AnilineTop-79G now know as AnilineTop-21G may be the next best alternative than the original, practically impossible once the leather is made into a three dimensional object. Thus topcoating is just like varnishing a clear coating as refinishing. However the leather condition need to be restore prior to magnify or amplify its natural beauty otherwise its blemishes will show through as well.

    >>> Which cleaner is safe for alligator?

    Use Degreaser-2.2 to degrease both penetrated and above surface contamination.
    Rinse-3.0 to rinse off suspended soiling particulates and if there is sign of bleeding use Acidifier-2.0 instead.
    Below surface cleaning will require the help of Hydrator-3.3 to flush out suspended but still trapped soiling utilizing the “reverse transfer” technique with the stretchable paper towel to peel off soiling instead of still remaining of the leather surface. Leather Eraser-4 is used during the wet degreasing process for better traction as well as when dry to remove surface soiling particulates.

    Leather rejuvenating process with Hydrator-3.3 >Fatliquor-5.0 > Hydrator-3.3 system ensures that the leather will be soft and strong with suppleness when dry. That prevents stiffness that leads to cracking.

    Dry preparation is to remove all surface soiling continuously being wick up during any wet processing with Eraser-4 prior to topcoat varnishing. Let dry in between coating and 2000grit sanding may improve feel. Note: Very rarely you want to sand leather, it may be a mistake, only the topcoating.

    Roger Koh
    Leather Care Consultant
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    Leather Doctor Kit – Aniline Leather Topcoat Refinishing Kit
    Leather Doctor® Kit, aniline leather topcoat refinishing kit is designed for topcoat repairs from friction wear, accidental scratch, scuff and abrasion to deteriorating greasy sweat stains. These topcoat damages are identified as white, dull or darkening stain from bare body contacts. Accidental whitish damages in most cases are free of soiling and direct AnilineTop-21G application with in between dry sanding rectifies most damages. Repairs to topcoat from daily wears that dulls will require a degreasing to remove penetrated rub-in soiling prior to topcoat application in a sequence process including Degreaser-2.2 follows with Rinse-3.0; Hydrator-3.3 follows with Fatliquor-5.0 prior to topcoat application. In a greasy and sweaty topcoat damaged areas especially to the headrest and armrest, a deep degreasing is essential follows with Acidifier-2.0 to stabilize the hydrogen bonding between the protein fibers with the other leather constituent like the tanning agent, dyestuff and fatliquor. This deep degreasing process is assisted by leather Eraser-4 in both the wet and dry cleaning process to remove soiling particulates off the leather surface. Hydrator-3.3 helps in the colloidal water movement bringing suspended soiling particulates to resurface through a dwelling and wicking process. Fat and oil is replenished by Fatliquor-5.0 in an emulsion form to penetrate into the leather structure. Once the fat and oil is hydrogen bond with the protein fiber, the water content breaks free leaving a breathing space for natural transpiration. The fat plumps the leather with fullness preventing the leather structure from collapsing during compressing and flexing while the oil lubricates the fiber from sliding smoothly over one another like millions of connecting hinges. Protector-B+ impart a non-stick, rub-resistant surface with a buttery feel helps reduce friction wear to the topcoat and extended a high level of appearance for a longer period of time. When the leather is contaminated with foreign soiling, it is essential to look at topcoat refinishing in a holistic approach. Note that the cleaning and rejuvenating products suffix denotes its pH value in this leather-safe aniline leathers topcoat refinishing system.
    Last edited by Roger Koh; 08-05-2014 at 10:22 AM.

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