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bigblue2 16.01.2014 09:50

Restoring Leather - it can be done!
 
When we left the uk we left our very expensive leather sofa's in the house while a friend house sat for us, fast forward a few years and the 'friend' never bothered to clean them or nourish the leather, on top of that there kids scratched, spilt, climbed on and generally wrecked them :(

I've used products from
http://www.furnitureclinic.co.uk/
before, mainly for my cars leather, so I thought what the hell, may as well give them a go, worst case the sofa's still just look ruined

here are some before pics
http://i1284.photobucket.com/albums/...ps90643aa2.jpg

http://i1284.photobucket.com/albums/...ps719df430.jpg

And the afters

http://i1284.photobucket.com/albums/...ps702bb660.jpg

http://i1284.photobucket.com/albums/...ps1a8392bd.jpg

this was just after recolouring, the colour and texture have settled down now (about 2 weeks) and now look almost as good as new

furinute clinic deliver to switzerland too

Sean Connery 16.01.2014 09:52

Re: Restoring Leather - it can be done!
 
looks great, I think I'm interested!

bigblue2 16.01.2014 09:55

Re: Restoring Leather - it can be done!
 
its very very easy to do, takes a bit of time as you have to keep waiting for layers to dry, but follow the instructions to the letter and you'll have no issues at all

Sean Connery 16.01.2014 09:58

Re: Restoring Leather - it can be done!
 
that's achieved just using the balm, I take it?

bigblue2 16.01.2014 10:02

Re: Restoring Leather - it can be done!
 
no, the balms only work if the damage is a lighter colour then the leather, this was the repair kit

TiMow 16.01.2014 10:04

Re: Restoring Leather - it can be done!
 
When are you next in Fribourg?

bigblue2 16.01.2014 10:05

Re: Restoring Leather - it can be done!
 
http://www.furnitureclinic.co.uk/How...re-Leather.php

bigblue2 16.01.2014 10:06

Re: Restoring Leather - it can be done!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by TiMow (Post 2064118)
When are you next in Fribourg?


lol with the waiting around for layers to dry it takes a good half day, you couldn't afford me ;)

bigblue2 16.01.2014 10:09

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one thing you have to be aware of, the kit comes with a can of propellant and and air brush, they are not allowed to send the propellant in the post so they will substitute it for something else, agreed by you, this means you'll need to source that here, or use a compressor, for me they gave me the fittings for my compressor instead

fatmanfilms 16.01.2014 10:09

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I have found that I stick to the car seats on very hot days 35 degrees plus, it's not quite the same as a factory finish unfortunately.

I got the propellant sent with the original kit, they just would not send any more.

bigblue2 16.01.2014 10:11

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Quote:

Originally Posted by fatmanfilms (Post 2064125)
I have found that I stick to the car seats on very hot days 35 degrees plus, it's not quite the same as a factory finish unfortunately.


you didn't use enough sealant :) same issue I had with a car seat, so went OTT with the next one and it was fine

fatmanfilms 16.01.2014 10:14

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Quote:

Originally Posted by bigblue2 (Post 2064129)
you didn't use enough sealant :) same issue I had with a car seat, so went OTT with the next one and it was fine

5 or 6 coats of the water based one. I complained & they sent me a different one, however no better in practice with cars oh hot days & long journeys.

bigblue2 16.01.2014 10:24

Re: Restoring Leather - it can be done!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by fatmanfilms (Post 2064133)
5 or 6 coats of the water based one. I complained & they sent me a different one, however no better in practice with cars oh hot days & long journeys.

good to know, to be fair not tried it on a car without aircon and it was cream leather too

bigblue2 16.01.2014 10:37

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this is how it looks now, the colour is uniform, I can't take a decent pic lol

http://i1284.photobucket.com/albums/...ps19f77915.jpg

rob1 16.01.2014 10:47

Re: Restoring Leather - it can be done!
 
Had an old leather sofa years ago that someone cleaned with household all purpose cleaner....:( half a tub of leather balsam and 1 week.later and it looked perfect again.

jsherk 16.01.2014 14:10

Re: Restoring Leather - it can be done!
 
Amazing. I'll have to try the basic kit on my Audi's seats and get their conditioner for our new sectional.

bigblue2 16.01.2014 14:16

Re: Restoring Leather - it can be done!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by jsherk (Post 2064398)
Amazing. I'll have to try the basic kit on my Audi's seats and get their conditioner for our new sectional.


take the seats out of the car first, otherwise you'll be cleaning the spray dust out of it for weeks

Metro04 23.06.2014 13:47

Re: Restoring Leather - it can be done!
 
What kit did you purchase? The leather colorant kit? thanks! http://www.furnitureclinic.co.uk/Lea...ourant_Kit.php

Castro 23.06.2014 14:10

Re: Restoring Leather - it can be done!
 
Looks fantastic, I take it the treatment also works for superficial kitty scratches on a brown leather sofa?

bigblue2 23.06.2014 14:28

Re: Restoring Leather - it can be done!
 
works on anything as long as the leather isn't ripped, but they have a kit for that too ;)

there are a lot of guides and videos on there website, and an online chat as well so they will be able to help you out.

One thing I would say is make sure you put enough sealant on, as its water based you really have to put a lot on (without it running) otherwise it just wears off again, I need to redo the single seat again.


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