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  1. #1
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    Mar 2022

    Question Chair Restoration Help

    Hey first time restorer here and I need help getting started on this project. I got these two used leather chairs theyre very comfy but need some tlc. There are a lot of dark areas and some kind of texture on the chairs. my goal is to clean them, smooth out these rough spots and give it a dye job. any suggestions on making that as easy as possible and which products to use?

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    Thanks in advance

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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Greater Vancouver, Canada.


    >>> There are a lot of dark areas and some kind of texture on the chairs.

    These rough textures are the deteriorating of the leather reverting to rawhide. The strength of the leather is the grain or outer surface, while the deeper it goes to the other suede side the weaker the tensile strength of the leather is. This alkaline overexposure from sweat has to be severely pH balanced and original fatliquor (fat and oil) replenished to restore back the integrity of the leather. And during the drying process, without sufficient fatliquor (or the leather does not have sufficient ionic positive (+ve) charged strength) it may become too stiff that it tears the leather apart. Remember that leather is an amphoteric protein material, and in this situation needs to be charged with a low pH rinse like Acidifier-2.0 (pH value 2.0). The stick together leather fiber within the leather structure will need to be opened up to receive the Fatliquor-5.0.

    My recommendation is for you to understand the risk of restoration when the leather integrity has become too bad. I am available for online consultation or coaching if you want to email me. Until you understand the risk involved, before beginning your restoration.

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    Roger Koh
    Leather, Skin, Hair, Eye & Acne Care System Formulator
    Consultant / Practitioner / Instructor / Coach
    email: [email protected]

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