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    Nov 2016

    Default Rough surface on old leather jacket

    This is a rather old Wilson's leather jacket. Probably not the best quality leather, but I really like this jacket and would like to restore it to the best condition I can. The surface of the leather is rough and feels unpleasant. So far I have tried:

    Deglazing with acetone
    Rehydrating with Neetsfoot oil (causing an unpleasant odor)
    Topcoating with Fiebing's Tan Kote and Snoseal

    What can I do to get this leather looking, smelling and feeling good?
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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Greater Vancouver, Canada.


    >>> What can I do to get this leather looking, smelling and feeling good?

    This is most likely a split-suede (both sides suede) that has one side pigment coated, that’s why it feels rough.
    This is the recommended sequence of procedure to get what you wish to have:

    A - Looking Good:
    1st - Degreaser-2.2 > Acidifier-2.0 system required to remove any surface Neatfoot oil; otherwise it will interfere with repairs and refinishing.
    2nd - Leather structure rejuvenating with Hydrator-3.3 > Fatliquor-5.0 system to prevents leather from stiffness that leads to cracking.
    3rd - Surface sanding to remove any non-compatible coatings mentioned.
    4th - Roughness repairs with mix of Bond-3D with matching Micro-54 custom color - this repair will smooth out the surface.
    5th - Pigment coating with Micro-54 (custom color) see example below:
    6th - Sealer coat or topcoat with MicroTop-54S (satin) or choice of luster.

    B - Smelling and Feeling Good
    7th - Finish protection with Protector-B+ will return to the classic leather-scent with a soft natural buttery-feel to the touch.

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    Let me know and I will further walk you through.

    Roger Koh
    Leather Care System Formulator
    Consultant / Practitioner / Instructor
    email: [email protected]

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