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    Default 2007 Ford King Ranch – How to restore this greasy with no topcoat left leather interior back to the original?

    I have a 2007 Ford King Ranch and the prior owner really messed it up, it looks like the seats and armrest are really greasy and has no topcoat left, I would like to get this back as close to factory as I possibly can, and according to my color chart it is something called AN710 Med Dark Tan. Any help will be appreciated

    The first is the back seat and is what the seats are supposed to look like


    The second is of the front seat, whoever tried the cleaning messed it up and the feel is almost like buckskin


    The third is of the armrest and the driver’s seat

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    Picture #2 mess-up seat, “Degreasing” with “Topcoat Refinishing” is recommended as follows…

    Degreasing System Instructions:
    Degreasing process involves two steps; first is the sufficient penetration of the degreaser to react with the grease and second is to cause a wicking action to bring out the grease. This process may be repeated depending on the depth of grease penetration. An advance technique is to cling wrapped the degreaser to control evaporation for a more effective dwell time.
    1st Phase Degreasing:
    1] Warm up Degreaser-2.2 and shake very well until it turns to an opaque gel.
    2] Apply direct and agitate with horsehair Brush-1 and/or Eraser-4 and towel extract until it shows clean.
    3] Penetrated stains require a deeper penetration, a dwell time of 5 to 30 minutes or before it dries for chemical reaction to occur, follows with towel extraction. Severe cases can be saturated and cling wrapped to control evaporation for a longer overnight dwell.
    4] Suspended residue is to be rinse with Rinse-3.0 and towel extract until it shows clean.
    5] Let natural dry for suspended particulates to wicks up, erase with Eraser-4 and inspect for satisfaction, otherwise repeat as necessary.
    2nd Phase Stripping:
    When topcoat damages are revealed, it is recommended that the entire panel is stripped to ensure an even appearance for topcoat refinishing. This is best done after the degreasing process.
    1] Apply optional Stripper-2.3, scrub with leather Eraser-4 and towel extract to remove the topcoat damaged panel entirely.
    2] Optional is use leather Razor-60 to shave off the tougher topcoat, smoothen with 1000 – 1500 grit wet/dry sanding disc in conjunction with Rinse-3.0 with repeat towel extraction.
    3] Spray Rinse-3.0 to remove topcoat residues to a squeaky clean.
    3rd Phase Hydrating:
    1] Spray Hydrator-3.3 with help of foam brush to penetrate the leather for an even appearance.
    2] To further activate dormant dyestuff to resurface, the entire seat is wrapped with clear cling wrapper to control evaporation for an overnight dwell for an even appearance. The relaxed leather structure allows the creases and wrinkles to be worked out for better appearance too.
    3] Towel extract until towel shows clean prior to immediate fatliquoring.
    4th Phase Fatliquoring:
    1] Fatliquor-5.0 follows the same procedure as the Hydrator-3.3, with in between drying application as moisture evaporates.
    2] The successive saturated leather is left for slow natural drying for extra softness.
    5th Phase Dry Preparation:
    1] Inspect for complete removal of existing topcoat, texture roughness is to be smoothen with sanding (1000 – 1500 grit).
    2] The leather surface is work over free of residues with Eraser-4 to an even appearance.
    6th Phase Topcoat Application:
    1] First coating is applied by lint free towel or foam brush with optional 1500 grit fine sanding in between dry coating for smoothness.
    2] Airbrushing is optional for a professional result with in between fine sanding to achieve the desired smooth feel.
    7th Phase Non-stick Rub Resistant Protection:
    1] Spray Leather Scent-B or Scent-D, spread with lint free towel or foam brush and it’s ready to use when dry.

    Topcoat Refinishing System
    The objective of the topcoat is to impart a film forming coating that provides abrasion and stain resistance to the aniline leather crust. It is this Topcoat-79G that decides its desired luster. Without this topcoat, the aniline leather crust would be: a) poor in aesthetics such as appearance and feel; b) poor physical properties such as wet rub, sweat resistant and scuff resistant; c) poor in ageing properties such as soil resistant and wet cleaning resistant. To improve appearance for faded leathers, reactivating the dormant dyestuff to resurface with Hydrator-3.3 is often an option worth trying before resorting to dye refinishing. Topcoat will enhance the beauty of the leather crust, thus it’s a good practice to test out a little line along the seam on how the appearance will turn out. It is after the appearance test out that the need to apply new dyestuff is decided.
    Instructions:
    1] It is recommended that the leather surface is free from foreign soiling prior to topcoat touch-up or refinishing.
    2] Touch-up is applicable where a healthy topcoat is physically damaged by working in conjunction with fine sanding in between dry coats for an even appearance.
    3] Used, worn and deteriorated topcoat damages are recommended to be stripped clean of the entire panel prior to topcoat refinishing.
    4] Sanding is recommended progressively in between coatings rather than on the leather crust itself, as the crust becomes coarser the more it is sanded.
    5] Test out a little line along the seam with a cotton swab to see how much the color can be bounced back.
    6] Option to increase the color intensity is to use matching transparent Aniline Dye-21. It is best done by airbrushing as color intensity is increase by layers. Do not over do it as the color intensity will be magnified with topcoat.
    7] First topcoat is recommended to be applied with lint-free towel or by brushing for better anchorage to the leather crust.
    8] Subsequent coating can be airbrush to avoid streaks to the desired appearance.
    9] When dry with satisfaction, non-stick rub resistant protects the seats with leather Scent-B.


    Picture #1 would suffice a “Periodic Cleaning” as follows…

    Periodic Cleaning System
    Periodic cleaning is recommended before soiling causes damages to the finishing. This keeps leather consistently clean and healthy at all times.
    Instructions
    1st Phase Cleaning:
    1] Spray Cleaner-3.8 and agitate with horsehair Brush-1, to 1 panel at a time.
    2] Towel extracts the suspended soiling until towel shows clean.
    3] Spray Rinse-3.0 and towel extract to a squeaky clean.
    2nd Phase Hydrating:
    1] Spray Hydrator-3.3, spread with foam brush to hydrate the entire thickness of the leather for an even appearance.
    2] Towel extract until it shows clean and it’s ready for immediate fatliquoring.
    3rd Phase Fatliquoring:
    1] Spray Fatliquor-5.0, spread with foam brush for an even appearance without the blotchiness and let natural dry.
    2] Repeat application in between drying until it’s fully saturated with subsequent application.
    3] Dry brush wicks up residue and inspect for satisfaction.
    4th Phase Non-stick Rub Resistant Protection:
    1] Apply Leather Scent-B or Scent-D after shaking well, spread with lint free towel and is ready for use when dry.


    Picture #3 would need a “Restorative Cleaning” as follows…

    Restorative Cleaning System
    Restorative cleaning for neglected leathers may reveal topcoat damages and/or penetrated body sweat, oil and grease stain that may lead to further degreasing, stripping of damaged topcoat, erasing of lodge in particulates and topcoat refinishing found in Kit AE3.R or as individual item.
    Instructions
    1st Phase Restorative Cleaning:
    1] Apply Prep-4.4, Brush-1 agitate and towel extract until it shows clean.
    2] Reapply to the remaining stains, brush spread evenly and let dwell for ½ to 1 hour or overnight, and then towel extract until it shows clean; repeat as necessary until satisfaction.
    3] Sticky residue is removed by Cleaner-3.8 with Brush-1 agitation into creases and towel extract until it shows clean.
    4] Spray Rinse-3.0, Brush-1 agitates and towel extract to a squeaky clean and check for satisfaction when dry.
    5] Reabsorbed stain into the leather structure requires Hydrator-3.3 to wicks them to the surface to be trapped with tissue paper as an option in the 2nd phase.
    6] Topcoat inspection is done at this stage to determine the extent of damages through worn and cleaning that may removes the deteriorated and weak finish, is an option to refinish at the 4th phase.
    2nd Phase Structural Stain Removal and Reactivating Dormant Dyestuff:
    1] Spray Hydrator-3.3, spread with foam brush to hydrate the entire thickness of the leather.
    2] Advance technique uses absorbent tissue paper to lay over the entire surface, soak through tight; and free of air spaces as an extension of the surface.
    3] This technique allows reactivating dyestuff and wicks up foreign soiling to be caught through by the tissue paper when it’s perfectly dry.
    4] The dried surface is further dry clean with Brush-1 and/or Eraser-4 to remove lodge in soiling particulates for inspection.
    5] Repeat as necessary or proceed to fatliquoring.
    3rd Phase Fatliquoring:
    1] Spray Fatliquor-5.0, spread with foam brush for an even appearance without the blotchiness and let natural dry.
    2] Repeat application in between drying until it’s fully saturated with subsequent application.
    3] Surface strays when dry need to be driven into the leather structure with the help of Hydrator-3.3 brush application until it turns clear.
    4] The dried surface is further dry clean with Brush-1 and/or Eraser-4 to remove lodge in soiling particulates for inspection.
    4th Phase Optional Topcoat Refinishing:
    1] An option to strip existing worn blotchy topcoat with Stripper-2.3, erase lodge in soiling particulates with Eraser-4 and refinishing with Topcoat-79G can be found in Kit AE3.R or as individual item.
    5th Phase Non-stick Rub Resistant Protection:
    1] 1] Apply Leather Scent-B or Scent-D after shaking well, spread with lint free towel and is ready for use when dry.

    Other related information:


    Leather Doctor® Kit AE3.dr : Auto Aniline Leather Degreaser Kit

    Auto aniline leather degreaser Kit AE3.dr - features Degreaser-2.2 with a pH value of 2.2 and aniline Topcoat-79G. Degreaser-2.2 is a high viscosity aqueous formulated leather degreaser; for degreasing leather of penetrated sweat, oil and grease stains from skin and hair contact. Topcoat-79G is a gloss topcoat for aniline leathers. It’s an aqueous fine particular size urethane resin emulsion topcoat to protect aniline dyestuff with excellent toughness and flexibility. In most cases the damaged topcoat is camouflaged by the greasy contamination and becomes apparent once the grease is removed. A complete restoration process would involve removing the entire deteriorating topcoat with the help of leather Eraser-4; and rejuvenate the leather structure for softness to prevent cracks prior to topcoat refinishing it.

    ■ Degreasing System
    ■ Topcoat Refinishing System
    ■ Dye Transfer Stain Removal System
    ■ Restorative Cleaning System
    ■ Periodic Cleaning System
    ■ Leather Rejuvenating System
    ■ Leather Scent Non-Stick Rub Resistant Protector

    Email [email protected] for shipping option or trade price.


    Featured contents include:

    Leather Doctor® Degreaser-2.2 in 60ml
    This is a pH 2.2 high viscosity aqueous formulated leather degreaser. It’s primarily for degreasing leather of penetrated oil and grease stains from skin and hair contact. It’s also used in assisting in the removing of solvent based stains like permanent marker, paint and nail-polish. Oil and grease based stains like: crayon, wax, ballpoint ink and lipstick.

    Leather Doctor® Aniline Topcoat-79G in 60ml
    This is a gloss topcoat for aniline leathers. It’s an aqueous fine particular size urethane resin emulsion topcoat to protect aniline dyestuff with excellent toughness and flexibility.

    Leather Doctor® Leather Eraser-4
    This is a 2½ x 2¼ x ¾ inch foam rubber sponge block with a crepe side for effective dry/wet soil removal.


    Complimentary System as also found in the Standard Care Kit AE3 include:


    Dye Transfer Stain Removal System
    Common dye stains are from blue jeans, newsprint and dyed goods. Most of these leathers are absorbent and in most cases the suspended stains is easily reabsorbed into the leather than can be towel extracted entirely. Complete removal of these reabsorbed residual dyes requires a hydrating process to disperse and wicks them. The technique is to place absorbent tissue paper as an extension of the leather surface to trap these fugitive dyes in the wicking process. Fatliquoring to soften and strengthen the leather after complete stain removal is highly recommended. Topcoat refinishing is an option found in Kit AE3.R. Note: Stains that have been attempted by unknown products may be set tougher to remove. It’s also recommended to use tap water wet finger test for tackiness or sliminess. If it is, acidifying it with Acidifier-2.0 found in Kit AE3.T to return the leather to a squeaky feel is highly recommended prior to Prep-4.4 application.
    Instructions
    1st Phase Surface Stain Removal:
    1] Apply Prep-4.4 to the stain, Brush-1 agitate and towel extract until it shows clean.
    2] Reapply to the remaining stains, brush spread evenly and let dwell for ½ to 1 hour or overnight, and then towel extract until it shows clean; repeat as necessary until satisfaction.
    3] Sticky residue is removed by Cleaner-3.8 with Brush-1 agitation into creases and towel extract until it shows clean.
    4] Spray Rinse-3.0, Brush-1 agitates and towel extract to a squeaky clean and check for satisfaction when dry.
    5] Reabsorbed stain into the leather structure requires Hydrator-3.3 to wicks them to the surface to be trapped with tissue paper as an option in the 2nd phase.
    6] Topcoat inspection is done at this stage to determine the extent of damages through worn and cleaning that may removes the deteriorated and weak finish, is an option to refinish at the 4th phase.
    2nd Phase Structural Stain Removal:
    1] Spray Hydrator-3.3, spread with foam brush to hydrate the entire thickness of the leather.
    2] Advance technique uses absorbent tissue paper to lay over the entire surface, soak through tight; and free of air spaces as an extension of the surface.
    3] This technique allows the wicks up stain to be caught through by the tissue paper when it’s perfectly dry.
    4] The dried surface is further dry clean with Brush-1 and/or Eraser-4 to remove lodge in soiling particulates for inspection.
    5] Repeat as necessary or proceed to fatliquoring.
    3rd Phase Fatliquoring:
    1] Spray Fatliquor-5.0, spread with foam brush for an even appearance without the blotchiness and let natural dry.
    2] Repeat application in between drying until it’s fully saturated with subsequent application.
    3] Surface strays is to be driven into the leather structure with the help of Hydrator-3.3 brush application until it turns clear.
    4th Phase Optional Topcoat Refinishing:
    1] An option to strip existing blotchy topcoat with Stripper-2.3, erase lodge in soiling particulates with Eraser-4 and refinishing with Topcoat-79G can be found in Kit AE3.R or as individual item.
    5th Phase Non-stick Rub Resistant Protection:
    1] Apply Leather Scent-B or Scent-D after shaking well, spread with lint free towel and is ready for use when dry.

    Leather Rejuvenating System
    Rejuvenating system is the process of restoring the original fatliquor diminished through aging and cleaning to return to its characteristic suppleness. Leathers, when wet and then dry again, have the tendency for the fibrils to becomes stick together - known as the Van der Waals or London force phenomenon. This results in stiffness and when flexed, may lead to premature cracks, as often seen on neglected leathers. It is recommended to hydrate these exposed leather structure and replenish the diminished fatliquor while it is still damp. When dry thereafter, the leather fibrils will be well separated and lubricated to slide over one another smoothly during practical usage.
    Instructions
    1st Phase Hydrating Instructions:
    1] Spray Hydrator-3.3 with help of foam brush to penetrate the leather for an even appearance.
    2] To further relax creases and wrinkles, the entire seat is wrapped with clear cling wrapper to control evaporation for an overnight dwell for an easy workout.
    3] A visual and hand inspection is to ensure thorough hydrating, with structure softness.
    4] Towel extract until it shows clean and it’s ready for immediate fatliquoring.
    2nd Phase Fatliquoring Instructions:
    1] Spray Fatliquor-5.0, spread with foam brush for an even appearance without the blotchiness and let natural dry.
    2] Repeat application in between drying until it’s fully saturated with subsequent application.
    3] The successive saturated leather is left for slow natural drying for extra softness.
    4] Dry brush wicks up residue and inspect for satisfaction.

    Leather Scent Non-Stick Rub Resistant Protection
    This non-stick rub resistant protector keeps leather at its high level of appearance at all times. It not only protects against the detrimental effect of sticky soiling, but also features rub-resistant protection that is incorporated to reduce surface friction wear, often caused by sliding in and out of auto seats. Thus prolonging the life of the finishes. This elusive, unforgettable, classic leather scent much sought after by leather lovers, is infused into these non-stick rub resistant protectors. Leather Scent-D with its draggy feel is designed for the steering wheel and the gear shift knob for a non-slip grip. Leather Scent-B with its smooth buttery feel is designed for the seats. Both these non-stick rub resistant protectors can be mixed to produce the desired tactile feel and luster effect for discerning owners.
    Instructions
    1] Shaking well, mist spray, spread with lint free towel and it’s ready for use when dry.


    Contents Include:

    Leather Doctor® Prep-4.4 in 60ml
    This is the leather-safe milder version of Prep-7.7 with a pH value of 4.4. It’s high viscosity; designed to be painted on neatly; with a foam brush onto the leather. It works by allowing sufficient dwell-time; to penetrate, lubricate and suspense foreign soil contamination; prior to extraction with towel. It’s is used to strip foreign soil contamination prior to refinishing. Also as stains remover for: Grease based ink stains like ballpoint ink.
    Water based ink stains like stamp pad ink. Dye transfer stains like blue jeans, ink prints and newsprints.

    Leather Doctor® Cleaner-3.8 in 250ml.
    This is a pH 3.8 all purpose leather-safe anionic cleaner that is particularly effective in emulsifying oily soils and in suspending its particulates. It works by penetrating, lubricating and suspending soiling safely and effectively through gentle chemical reaction; working in perfect harmony with all leather constituents that include the tanning agent, preservative, dyestuff and especially the fatliquor. It's safe for all leather trims including; aniline, vachetta, nubuck and suede. This product is always followed through with Rinse-3.0 as a system to a healthy squeaky feel.

    Leather Doctor® Rinse-3.0 in 250ml.
    This is a pH 3.0 aqueous anionic leather-safe rinse to neutralize harmful alkaline and perspiration residues; for stabilizing and strengthening leather to its neutral pH value of 3 to 5 chemistry integrity. It's safe for all leather trims including; aniline, vachetta, nubuck and suede.

    Leather Doctor® Hydrator-3.3 in 250ml
    This is a pH 3.3 aqueous leather-safe hydrator with active surfactantcy for lowering the interfacial tension between the protein leather fibers and its constituents. It’s for relaxing creases and wrinkle and eliminating them while damp prior to fatliquoring it. It’s for hydrating dried, stiffed or shrunk leathers to separates the crushed, stick together fibrils and relaxes them in the inter-fibrillary leather structure for effective distribution of the Fatliquor-5.0. It’s for charging the leather protein fibers below its iso-electric point positive to hydrogen-bond with the ionic negative charged Fatliquor-5.0. It’s for facilitating colloidal water movement within the leather structure during the wicking process to move soiling particulates to the surface. It’s for reactivating the dormant dyestuff to resurface thus reducing the contrast between the color coat and the leather crust. It’s for reducing or eliminate blotchiness when dry especially absorbent leathers. It’s for facilitating better finish penetration during refinishing thus providing good surface properties, especially the uniformity of surface dyeing during aniline refinishing. It’s safe for other leather trims that may include aniline, vachetta, nubuck, suede, hair-on-hide and woolskin.

    Leather Doctor® Fatliquor-5.0 in 250ml
    This is a pH 5.0 anionic charged micro emulsion fatliquor leather rejuvenator. It’s for replenishing original fatliquor that has diminished thru sun-bleaching, ageing, heat and alkaline exposure or cleaning. It penetrates and lubricates the leather fibers so that after drying, they are capable of sliding over one another smoothly. Besides softening the leather with stretchability, compressibility and flexibility; fatliquor enhances its rip tensile strength greatly thus reduces split or tear to the stitching and perforated holes. It relaxes coarse breaks, creases and wrinkles to provide drapes, suppleness and prevents cracking. It helps to keep leather at its optimum physical performance and prevent premature ageing. It’s safe for all other leather trims including; aniline, vachetta, nubuck, suede, hair-on-hide and woolskin.

    Leather Doctor® Leather Scent-B in 120ml.
    This is a non-film forming, non-stick rub resistant protector that enhances a soft natural buttery-feel with an unforgettable classic leather scent. It’s for imparting a non-stick breathable barrier essentially to shield the detrimental effects of sticky soiling including the nasty ballpoint ink. It is effective to release those tenacious dye-transfers stains especially on light colored leathers easily, without resorting to unnecessary color refinishing. Its natural buttery-feel protection increases the leather resistance to wet and dry rubs, thus reduces stretch, scuff and abrasion. And it reduces friction squeaks that wear the finishes when leather is rubbed against during movement or the characteristically sliding in and out of the seat.

    Leather Doctor® Leather Scent-D in 120ml
    This is a non-film forming, non-stick, rub resistant protector that enhances a draggy-feel with a classic leather scent especially for the steering wheel and the gear shift knob for a non-slip grip. It imparts a non-stick breathable barrier essentially to shield the detrimental effects of sticky soiling including the nasty ballpoint ink. And it does help to release those tenacious dye-transfer stains especially on light colored leathers easily without resorting to unnecessary color refinishing. Its natural draggy-feel protection increases the leather resistance to wet and dry rubs, thus reduces stretch, scuff and abrasion. It is also used as a scuff repairer, filling and concealing surface scuffs to improve appearance. The drag produces an unforgettable familiar sound sweet to the ears when leather is rubbed.

    Horsehair Detailing Leather Brush-1
    This horsehair detailing brush is ergonomically designed to be an extension of our hand with sturdy grooved grip, designed to produce an effective result easily and efficiently for many years to come. It’s recommended for all smooth leather, to deliver a scratch-free agitation cleaning. The length is 7 inches with a three row 1½ inches bristles cleaning head.

    PolyBrush®
    This is the 3” made in USA washable foam brush that last. It’s used for spreading the Prep-7.7, rinse clean and thereafter used for the leather Scent-B and Scent-D application to prevent overspray.

    Washable Rags
    This rag works like cloth, lint free and highly absorbent for extracting suspended soiling or for wiping the leather Scent-B and Scent-D during routine easy cleaning-protection application.

    Refills are available...for more information email [email protected]
    Last edited by Roger Koh; 09-08-2011 at 09:59 AM.

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