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    Default Louis Vuitton - LV vachetta cracked, fragile & darkened

    Please find me the best solution for this! The look and functionality of this bag has been compromised. The cracks are so deep, I dare not use this bag anymore for fear that the straps will eventually tear. I just used a balenciaga treatment on the straps and caused the uneven watermarks.
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    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Greater Vancouver, Canada.


    It may be too late to restore the pH chemistry integrity of this unfinished vachetta leather. Just like a rope with lots of broken fiber natural looses its tensile strength. We need to realize that the leather protein fiber is an amphoteric material, that is to say they are pH sensitive. Any alkalinity solutions will weakens the leather including our perspiration or sweat that when ferments shift alkaline, the leather darkens, becomes stiff and when flexed will cracks. Any alkaline solution unknowingly applied will further compound the problem.

    A) Leather Restoration:

    A1: To restore the pH chemistry integrity of the leather will have to remove, neutralize and protonate the protein fiber by Degreaser-2.2 > Acidifier-2.0 as phase 1.

    A2: To redistribute the leather constituents (tanning agents and fatliquor) and moving foreign contamination off the leather by Hydrator-3.3 as phase 2.

    A3: To rejuvenate the leather for suppleness by Hydrator-3.3 > Fatliquor-5.0 > Hydrator-3.3 as phase 3.

    B) Leather Repairs:

    B1: Strengthening of the overstretched leather structure is by Impregnator-26.

    B2: Bonding repair is by Bond-3D > Bond-7A + Donor Fiber (technique is similar to fiberglass fabrication or repair but supple).

    Up to this stage, the appearance has to be decided and compromised with an “opaque” coloring to match or simulate the original naked unfinished vachetta leather.

    Let me know if you would like to take this route?

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    A simple care with this Kit V2 from the beginning will saves you many a problem, now more drastic measures will be require to bring back only a simulated or look alike Vachetta.

    Leather Doctor® Kit V2, unfinished leather care is designed for preventive care of vachetta, saddlery and veg-tan leathers. These naked leathers are tanned using vegetables and plants derived tanning agents and are most sensitive to pH fluctuation. Rain and tap water often leave a lightening spot with an outer ring. The pH 7 alone of water will often cause a rippling effect on the tannin that causes it to moves. Preventive care starts with a surface tension check with Hydrator-3.3 follows by fat and oil replenishing with Fatliquor-5.0. Saturating the leather structure with fat and oil prior to use against the ingress of liquid stains is a preventive measure. When leather is full of fat and oil, it makes the leather less absorbent. Fat and oil conditioning or rejuvenating with Fatliquor-5.0 mellows and enrich the appearance of the leather while most oil conditioners will simply darkens and dulls the appearance poorly. Protector-D enhances a rub resistant draggy-feel against friction rubs and is used routinely to conceal and fill scuffmarks. Body contact areas should be clean periodically with Clean-3.8 follows with Rinse-3.0, thereafter applied with non-stick protection and commence for another cycle of use. Neglected and prolong body grease and sweat contacts will require a corrective cleaning depending on Degreaser-2.2 follows with Acidifier-2.0 in most cases. Preventive cleaning and protection to shield against sticky soiling, with the abilities to heal and conceal lightening scuff and abrasion marks keeps the leather appearance level high at all times rather than relying on corrective or salvage cleaning where the cleaning appearance deteriorates and diminishes with each cycle. Note that the mentioned products suffix numbers denotes its pH value in this holistic approach to removing vegetable, plant and water stains from vachetta, saddlery and veg-tan leathers.

    Roger Koh
    Leather Care Consultant
    Last edited by Roger Koh; 09-02-2014 at 01:45 PM.

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