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    Default King ranch help

    Is my seat gone? It is pretty much black. I would really like to restore it back before it was this black color. I think the person that had it before I did messed up on the cleaning. Name:  unnamed.jpg
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    Feb 2007
    Greater Vancouver, Canada.


    >>> Is my seat gone?

    We should look at “gone” in two areas.
    One is the integrity of the leather, while at this distance it did not show cracks, it is not gone and it could be rejuvenated to return the leather with suppleness to as soft you wish, up to 14%, the leather will never crack.

    The other is appearance, the pretty much black could be a combination of stains like oil, grease and body contacts; dye transfer from fabric and alkaline cleaning solution will also browns the leather as well. The lighter color cleaning messed up have already removed the topcoat and whether it has damages the surface grain will need a close-up pictures or feel by hand.

    This condition calls for a complete structural and finishes restoration with choice of finishes to match existing color scheme. The color is decided after restorative cleaning either to go with “transparent” Aniline-83 or “translucent” Aniline-87 system.

    The sequence of process is as follows:

    A: Restorative Cleaning:
    Degreaser-2.2 > Acidifier-2.0 > Hydrator-3.3 system

    B: Stain Removal:
    Refer to King Ranch Leather Problem Solving Guide.

    C: Leather Rejuvenating:
    Hydrator-3.3 > Fatliquor-5.0 > Hydrator-3.3 system.

    D: Repairs:
    Repairs as necessary - Refer to Leather Cleaning Guide.

    E: Redyeing:
    Choice of matching color with either Aniline-83 or Aniline-87 system.

    F: Topcoat:
    A choice of Satin or gloss to match.

    G: Non-Stick, Rub-Resistant Protection

    King Ranch Leather Problem Solving Guide.
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    Leather Doctor® Kit, King Ranch leather topcoat refinishing kit is designed for periodic maintenance to bring up appearance to a higher level of acceptance. Leather is subject to friction wearing and becomes evident as accidental scratch; scuff and abrasion to deteriorating from greasy sweat stains. A preventive measure to reduce topcoat wearing is by a routine application of Protector-B+, which imparts a natural buttery-feel and cuts friction noise that translates to less friction wear thus prolongs the wear of the topcoats from sliding in and out of seats. Prior to application of topcoat the leather surface should be free of stains or surface contamination to be sensible otherwise both the beauty of the grain and the beast of the blemishing stains will be magnify or amplify through as well.
    Corrective or restorative cleaning is the first process and typically degreasing is the basic as otherwise any greasy surface may be a detrimental to topcoat lasting adhesion. Degreaser-2.2 with a pH of 2.2 takes beyond surface degreasing is also design for deep penetrated body oil, grease and sweat. Its pH value helps stabilize the leather chemistry integrity by protonating the protein fiber ionic more positive (+ve) while degreasing takes place simultaneously. Acidifier-2.0 is the recommended rinse with a pH value of 2.0 acts as a bleeding controller eliminating any rings when the leather dries. Suspended body contamination within the leather structure that still produces a darkening effect may need the help of Hydrator-3.3 to moves the colloid within the inter fibrillary spaces through consecutive wicking process by stretchable paper towel reverse transfer technique. This proven technique allows the soiling particulates to be trapped by the paper towel to be peel off when crispy dry then still remaining on the leather surface. An inspection with Eraser-4 removing any surface wick-up soiling will decide its readiness to proceed with top coating. Other soiling and stains such as blue jean dye, leather belt, plastic ink print, newsprint, ballpoint ink, stamp pad ink, sticky label residue, crayon, chewing gum, silicone shine, permanent marker or accumulated soiling may require the attention of Prep-4.4 to do the lubricating, penetrating and suspending action follows with Clean-3.0 to removes the sticky residue and Rinse-3.0 to rinse to a healthy squeaky clean. Other stain types may need matching solution such as protein stain and tanning stains, etc. Until all stains are taken care of that the renewal of topcoat becomes practical, otherwise camouflaging dyestuff need to come into play.
    Sun fading is inevitable or unavoidable due to UV sensitivity of aniline dyestuff, besides the loss of color; heat affects fatliquor by escalating evaporation thus diminishes the intensity of the color appearance as well. However activating the dormant dyestuff within the leather structure to resurface and replenishing of the fatliquor for color intensity as well correct color loss to a degree. The activating of the dormant dyestuff is done with saturating Hydrator-3.3 up to 72 hours with control evaporation using cling wrapper thereafter replenishing of the fatliquor follows with consecutive evaporating cycle until saturate and leave for natural drying for extra softness. Any surface residue is drive-in with Hydrator-3.3 to a healthy squeaky feel, let dry and surface is dry prepared with Eraser-4 prior to top coating.
    AnilineTop-83G, gloss is used first to amplify or magnify the color intensity with drying and optional sanding in between coats of roughness to satisfaction prior to adjusting its luster level with AnilineTop-83S satin or a mix between to have a custom gloss. Application is done with lint free towel, foam brush or airbrushing for professional result.
    A choice of protector with scentless Protector-D for steering wheel and shift gear with a draggy non-slip grip, while classic leather scented Protector-B+ a non-stick, rub-resistant protector imparts a buttery-feel, reduces noises that translate to less friction wear from sliding in and out of seats or a mix of both for individual preferences.
    This kit comes with reduced weight option to save on shipping thus the 250ml concentrate ratio such as Clean-3.8, Rinse-3.0, Acidifier-2.0, Hydrator-3.3 and Fatliquor-5.0 has to be cut or filled up with distilled water prior to use. Note the suffix number denotes the product pH value.

    Roger Koh
    Leather Care Consultant
    [email protected]

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