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    Hi Roger, I have a light blue hermes garden bag I'd like to clean. It's a cowhide leather on the exterior all around. Overall, I'd like to do a restorative cleaning. The corners are slightly rubbed with light abrasions. Can I use my S.7 kit to clean this bag? Thanks
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    Greater Vancouver, Canada.


    >>> I'd like to do a restorative cleaning.

    This leather is identified as pigmented finished leather.
    Prep-7.7 > Clean-3.8 > Rinse-3.0 system recommended.

    >>> The corners are slightly rubbed with light abrasions.

    Prepare to do a refinishing prior to restorative cleaning.
    Otherwise deteriorated finishes (handles as well) may also be removed during the restorative cleaning process.

    You may want to follow this sequence of processes:

    A. Restorative Cleaning:
    Prep-7.7 > Clean-3.8 > Rinse-3.0 system

    B. Leather Rejuvenating:
    Hydrator-3.3 > Fatliquor-5.0 system (to those areas that becomes absorbent revealed during restorative cleaning)

    C. Dry Preparation:
    Sanding to partially remove deteriorated existing finishes.

    D. Sealing or Primer Coating:

    E. Color Coating:

    F. Top Coating:
    MicroTop-54S (satin)

    G. Protector:
    Reduce friction rubs initially andon a routine basis with Protector-B+

    Roger Koh
    Leather Care Consultant / Practitioner
    [email protected]

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    Leather Doctor® Kit, micro-pigmented leather color refinishing kit is design for a holistic restoration approach to not only the finishes but also rejuvenating the leather for suppleness. Most of these repairs may range from missing finishes to abrading damages into the leather structure. Some expose areas may be contaminated with foreign soiling that includes conditioners, protectors, body oil, grease and sweat or alkaline overexposure from cleaners. A comprehensive repair for a long-term lasting solution will require a holistic approach to deal with both the exposed structure and surface finishes. The practical and functional softness and strength of the leather depends on the health of the structure with average thickness between 0.9 to 1.2mm from stiffness and cracking. The aesthetic aspect of the leather finishes averages 0.02mm (or 20 micron) in thickness for practical compressing and flexing from cracking. A leather-safe restoration system begins by stripping with Stripper-2.3 and rinsing with Rinse-3.0. Degreasing with Degreaser-2.2 follows with Acidifier-2.0. The suffix numbers of these four products denotes it pH value for recharging the protein fiber ionic positive besides the act of decontamination. The leather integrity is revitalizes once the ionic attraction between the positive protein fiber and its negative leather constituents like the tanning agent and fatliquor (fat, oil and water) is initiated. Leather rejuvenating system for softness and strength is accomplishes with Hydrator-3.3 follows with Fatliquor-5.0. Surface uneven absorption is seals with Adhesor-73 to reduce the need for color over-coating thus increase its flexibility and stretchability from premature cracking. Protector-B+ imparts a non-stick rub-resistant surface with a buttery feel, reduces noises that translate into less friction wear. As the leather surface is well lubricated it reduces compression when comes to heavy body contact thus reduces compressed creases and wrinkles.


    Stripping Existing Deteriorating Finishes:
    1. Cover and tape off frames, trims and protect flooring.
    2. Mist sprays Stripper-2.3, Eraser-4 scrub with help of 2000-grit sandpaper feathering out seamlessly and towel extract for an even appearance.

    1. Shake Degreaser-2.2 to gel prior to use with a repeat shake and rest until it gels.
    2. Transfer to Eraser-4; agitate to saturate the stain, feather out to the entire section.
    3. Towel extracts suspended soiling after 10 to 30 minutes or before it dries until it shows clean.
    4. Spray Acidifier-2.0, towel extract until it shows clean to a healthy squeak.

    1. Spray Hydrator-3.3 saturating the stain area and feather out for an even appearance.
    2. Covering with tissue paper without airspace to trap wick up stains instead of remaining on the leather surface as it dries.
    3. Peel tissue paper when crispy dry and use Eraser-4 to erase surface residue prior to fat and oil replenishing.

    Fat and Oil Replenishing:
    1. Spray Hydrator-3.3 to precondition the leather prior to fat and oil replenishing.
    2. Spray Fatliquor-5.0 and redistribute with foam brush until saturation.
    3. Repeat application each time water contents evaporate until fully saturated.
    4. Drive remaining surface remnants free of milky fat and oil until it turns clear with Hydrator-3.3.
    5. Allow natural drying for extra softness.

    Dry Prep:
    1. Erase wick-up residue with Eraser-4 prior to repairs.

    Adhesion Promotion Coating:
    1. Apply Adhesor-73 by foam brush to seal surface uneven absorption rate and promote adhesion simultaneously.

    Color Coating:
    1. Apply Micro-54 by foam brush, varnishing brush or airbrushing for professional result.
    2. Fine dry atomize dispersion with more air is achieve with 80 to 100psi of air pressure.
    3. Light spray is preferred and let dry in between coats to build up colorcoat.

    1. Shake the product well and apply by airbrushing for professional result.
    2. Use lint free paper towel to even out drips and streaks.
    3. Speed dries between coats with help of hair dryer.
    4. 2000-grit sanding may applies to improve touch and appearance.

    Rub-Resistant Protection:
    1. Mist sprays Protector-B+ redistribute with a foam brush / paper towel and ready for use when dry.

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    Feb 2015


    Hi Roger, I do not have the color for the bag yet but I went ahead and cleaned it anyway. Should I skip the step of applying coloring to the corners for now and use the micro top 54S followed by protector b +?

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    Greater Vancouver, Canada.



    Otherwise you need to strip both the MicroTop-54S and the Protector-B+.
    And start with the proper refinishing sequence.

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    Feb 2015


    ok, I didn't do it yet. Ok I'll place orders. Anyway, I realized I don't like the leather smell with protector B+, is it the same if I get protector B?

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    Greater Vancouver, Canada.


    Protector-B is the 'scentless' version.
    Less in price as well.

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