Aniline Leather is one of the most natural leathers you can purchase, its very soft to the touch and has lots of natural characteristics. If aniline leather is maintained correctly using the correct maintenance products you can have many years of life from it.
Here today we were called on a 3str sofa which due to not being maintained and being in the direct light of the sun you can see large areas of colour fade. This even though it looks likes a major repair and that the sofa has seen better days our leather repair team can restore a item like this back to a like new condition in 1 – 2 hours, there is no need for your furniture to be taken away and they is no need for a service of this type to take days. This all comes down to the products being used the technics and the level of competence from the leather repairs company.
We start by removing the cushions and apply a light aniline leather cleaner around all the leathered areas drawing out the dirt and applying some moister back in to the leather.
Once the leather has been cleaned you are able to proceed with treating the stained areas, it is important that the stained areas are treated correctly of these will cause the repairs to fail in the long term.
Now we can mix the correct aniline dyes to match the current leather colour, we do this on site we do not use machines or take samples away from site and get someone else to mix the colours for us. This is our trade this is what we have been trained to do.
Once the colour has been mixed we apply a base coat by hand using our aniline leather dye and a cloth, making sure the colour reaches in to all the crevasses in the leather, the base coat only requires being a light coat but must cover all the work areas.
Now we can apply a final top coat of aniline leather dye adding a small percent of lacquer in the dye to give the finish some protection. Aniline leather does not normally have a top finish but when restoring it is always good to add a extra layer of finish to allow for a lasting repair.
The repair has been completed the sofa now looks as it should all the customer needs to do now is maintain the furniture to keep the sofa looking like new.
Today we have been called out to complete a leather seat repair to a Vauxhall Corsa car seat. The leather car seat is in a brand new car which the customer has caught the car seat which there jeans.
We start by cleaning back the area to remove any contamination or debris in the leather, we use a strong leather cleaner and a lint free cloth to undertake this process.
Now the area is cleaned we then you a solvent cleaner around the localised area, this removes any silicones or grease that may cause a adhesion problem when undertaking the repairs.
Now we have the area fully cleaned and prepped we need to cover the remaining area we are not working on to stop any overspray when we come to the finishing of the repairs.
We now start by adding a small amount of leather glue to the split area, being sure to only get the glue into the damaged area, once apply we dry the leather glue using a hair dryer this speeds up the process of the leather glue drying and increases the drying time.
Now the glue has fully cured we can start by applying a leather filler to the remainder of the split, we do this by applying thin layers drying each coat with a hair dyer between the coats. The leather filler if applied to thick will sink once fully cured so it’s very important that this is completed in thin coats.
The area is now fully filled with a slight smoothness to the area, this is where we need to start to recreate the grain to the leather to disguise the repair. By applying a grain copier this blends the repair in and makes it less obvious a repair has been undertaken.
We now need to start apply a leather dye to the repair, we apply our leather dye using a airbrush this not only gives great coverage but also leaves for a nice even finish on your repair.
The repair has now been completed we apply three layers of top coat to seal the work in, there are two options both a water based finished and a solvent based finish, on car seats we tend to opt for the solvent based as it will be harder wearing and waterproofed.
Leather should always be maintained with a leather cleaned and protection cream, these should alway be a two step process and products that offer a 2 in 1 or 3 in 1 products are better for spills and highlight cleans and not full maintenance.
Colour loss on leather furniture is very common there can be a number of reasons for colour loss to appear, poorly finished in manufacturing, non maintenance, non cleaning or just using the incorrect products. Everything requires maintenance and a very simple steps throughout the year can prevent such damage.
Today we we called to clean and restore various areas on the leather sofa that had colour loss, below is a before picture of one of the areas we restored.
This area was on the 3str sofa on the inside back where the head sits on the sofa. The sofa was five years old and today had not had any cleaning or renovation work undertaken, so over the years these areas have built up dirt and grime from day to day dust which builds up and sit in to the leather. When the leather pours get filled with dirt the leather finds itself hard to breath which then causes the pigment to start to peel causing colour loss.
We start by cleaning the leather surface we are about to repair, this area shown was cleaned thee times to remove the build up of dirt and grime, if the area is not cleaned through thoroughly then the repairs will not hold, some repair companies do quote very cheap prices but skip some of the process so just be sure what you are getting.
Once the area has been cleaned we use a leather solvent cleaner to remove the manufactures finish this again helps with the adhesion of the repairs, when using a solvent cleaner you have to be sure to clean panel to panel and only lightly wipe the areas do not apply huge amounts of pressure as this can cause further damage to the leather.
The area is now fully cleaned for the repair process to start, we lightly sand the using a 400 grit sand paper this gives a keying edge for the leather dye to adhere to, very lightly over the areas that are being repaired.
This is when the magic happens, we start applying the leather dye up in thin layers drying each layer using a hair dryer making sure each area is fully cured before applying the next coat. Some colours will take more coats than others its all colour dependant, as you are building up the colours being sure that the colour of the dye does not change sometimes the more coats you apply the colour then changes if this happens the colour would need to be adjusted.
The repair now looks perfect now we apply three coats of leather sealant to seal in all of our good work.
Colour mixing is a skill which can only be learnt over years and years of training, there are companies with colour mixing machines, some companies come and get a sample of the leather and send it of for mixing. We mix all our colour on site by eye for a perfect repair.
Here we will show a a before and after Leather Steering Wheel Repair, this customers steering wheel had started to loose its colour causing the steering wheel to fade. This has been caused due to body perspiration and direct light via the sun. When completing any repair which has been affected by body perspiration you must attempt to remove as must of this as possible before attempting any repairs or restoration, if this is not done any repairs or restoration will fail.
Renault Leather Steering Wheel Repair
We started by masking up all the surrounding areas that did not need not need any repairs or restoration making sure we covered the dashboard to catch any over spray when spraying the Leather Steering Wheel. Once we have the areas masked and covered up we were able to start.
The Leather Steering Wheel is deep cleaned using a very strong leather cleaner using that all areas of the stearing wheel reaching deep in to the grain, once we have deep cleaned the leather steering wheel we they use a specialist cleaner to remove the body perspiration, this is a slow process but is a must to enable the leather restoration to last.
Now we have the leather steering wheel fully cleaned and prepared we apply two coats of leather dye by hand drying each coat using a hair dryer, we then apply two final coats using a air brush enabling ensuring a nice even finish.
When undertaking repairs on leather steering wheel we always apply a solvent based sealant as this is a lot stronger than the waterbed version and as being on a high wear area, the stronger the finish the better.
We we asked to undertake a cosmetic repair to the drivers seat bolster, this Bmw seat needed a standard Bmw leather repair, the Bmw seats all start to wear on the inside back area of the bolster. This can be caused by a number of things, friction from your clothing, the seat bet catching on the leather and so on.
The best way to help prevent this from happening is to apply a leather protection cream to the leather seats, this places a barrier between the seat and the wear.
We started by cleaning the affected area down with a strong leather cleaner, this is done to remove any dirt or debris from the area before you can start with any Bmw Leather Repairs.
Once the area had been cleaned we prepared the area using leather prep which removes the manufactures finish which allows the leather fillers and dyes adhere to the leather.
We now start using a wet & dry sand paper at 400 grit to rub back the whole panel, this does two jobs one is to make sure the areas you are going to repair is smooth and has not raised sections along with keying the rest of the leather for when we apply our leather dye.
Our working area is now fully prepared and ready for us to start to undertake the repairs needed, we start by applying thin coats of leather filler to the damaged areas, these are dried off using a hair dry which helps the fillier cure so we can continue working. We repeat this process until the leather damage is fully filled.
Now we have the leather fully repairs we apply our leather dye using our air brush insuring a nice even coats, drying between the coats using a hair dyer, once we were happy with the finish we apply three coats of matching sealent.
Leather colour changes are a great option to change the colour on anything leather, leather bags, leather coats, leather sofas and leather car seats we can colour change them all. There is a process which needs to be followed to enable a great result and long lasting repairs. The internet is flooded with leather diy kits to leather colour change some starting as little as £35. This is where the problem lies to leather colour change any item is NOT a diy process very few can undertake this process with the long lasting result you require. Halford sell spray cans of paint or £5.99 would you there for go and change the colour of your car?
We do visit a large volume of customers who have tried the diy process and failed, this just means our work load increases which means the colour to restore your leather has increased. The cost of undertaking leather colour change is not cheap so the process is not cost effective for everyone, there are a few simple key facts to bare in mind.
Is your sofa very comfortable and other than the colour you would not be thinking of this option.
Has you sofa lasted over 5-10 years and will it go again.
do you want your sofa for the next 5-10 years
is your sofa perfect other than the colour
If your answer is yes to all the above a colour change is for you, the benefits of a leather colour change is you already no the comfort of the sofa, you already no how the sofa fits in your house, all you need is the colour to be changed.
Leather Colour change colour options are as wide as the colour spectrum. Here at www.leatherrepairs.mobi we do hold stock of what we class as standard colours these standard colours are what we hold in stock for day to day repairs, so there is no need to make a special order the colours are in stock ready to undertake the leather colour change without any delay or extra fees.
We are able to colour match to any sample given should you wish to make your leather match your current paint scheme or your current carpet colour, we can undertake the leather colour change in any colour you wish starting from White – Bright Pink – Post Box Red – Navy Blue the colour options are endless.
Special order colours are not stock colours and due to the volume of colour required to undertake a leather colour change we would need to order this volume in. We offer both on site or collection for this service.
Here you will see a sample of a leather colour change we undertook in Peterborough the customer changed there colour scheme from Ivory to Black.
How it Works
The leather item needs to be deep cleaned to remove the build up of dirt and grime which has been sitting on the leather surface removing and silicones that may be in the leather over the period of use. We use a very strong leather cleaner and a brush working deep in to the grain of the leather, every panel needs to be cleaned correctly not cleaning the leather can cause adhesion problems latter on.
Leather prep is similar to what the car paint industry product which is call Panel wipe. We use this product to remove the top coat of the manufactures finish which also helps to remove silcones from the leather. This process is used across the whole sofa. Once the sofa is leather prep’ed for the first time you then a use a 400 grit wet & dry sand paper over the whole sofa this helps with keying the leather which helps with the adhesion of the leather dyes.
We apply a base coat by hand using a cloth and the leather dye making sure you work panel to panel and that every part is covered, this needs to be thin coats which are built up, the thiner the coat the better the finish and durability. If you apply thick coats the leather colour change would not be as affective. These coats can by dryer off using a hairdryer on medium heat we don’t need to over heat the leather dye just cure the dye off. This process is repeated until you have a good coverage of the sofa.
The top coat is using the same dye but using a different method of application for this we use a air brush this gives a nice even finish to you leather making the sofa fully uniform, we again build up a few layers ensuring the correctly coverage of the leather and that all parts are covered.
We apply three coats of sealant which is applied using a airbrush for this seals in the the leather colour change leaving the sofa fully colour changed and sealed ready for you.
We very commonly get asked to provide inspection reports for customers regarding what customers describe as colour loss or sticky areas on the leather where the head rests on a sofa.
The most common cause of this is Body Perspiration, this is caused by a build up of body oils which are transfered on to there leather via our heads. This happens over a build up of time and causes the leather to start to develop faults. There is a very simple process that can be undertake to help prevent this to happen and this is to apply a leather protection cream to the leather surface to add a protective barrier to the leather.
This does not guarantee to stop this but does act as a very good barrier to prevent this, Every three months cleaning cycles on your leather with not only enhance the longevity of your leather further but will keep you leather soft and supple.
Body Perspiration is restorable should it be required but as they say prevention is alway better than the cure, there are lots of leather repair companies which no longer undertake repairs to body perspiration areas due to the longevity of the repairs, this should be taken on a case by case basics and over 99% can be restored successfully should there areas be maintained.
If you require any help or advise please feel free to contact us 07523 114656
If the time has come to bid goodbye to your car, it would probably be quite an emotional moment. The bigger thing that should bother you is to find the right buyer and fetch the right price. The used car market is fragmented and prices solely depend on the condition of the vehicle. You may be tempted to click a few photos and post it on a classified site and feel that it would immediately work magic. But finding the right buyer and fetching right price is easier said than done. Leather Repairs offer onsite car seat repairs which will help add value to your seats enabling you to get the best value to your car.
Seats Matter More Than You Think
The condition of the seats is one of the biggest selling or rejection points for a used vehicle. Experts in used cars say that cars with leather seats tend to find buyers easily. There is premium feel to leather seats and it has a pull factor. It is a moment of truth when the potential buyer peeks into the vehicle or sits behind the wheels. Worn out and dirty leather seats would immediately mean rejectionand good ones would arouse right emotions and push up the resale value.
The Attraction For New Feel
Even when people are buying a used car they want to buy something that feels new or in other words a car that has been properly taken care of. And they expect the seats to be in pristine condition. No buyer would want to drive a vehicle that has torn seats or spots all around. Even if he/she does, you would have to face negotiations over the seats and would have to bring down the price often by amounts that would be much higher than the price of premium leather seats. Give us a call 07523 114656 to see how we can help you save money and increase the value of your car.
First Impression Counts
Hundreds of used cars are listed everyday on classified sites and hence buyers have a large pool to choose from. If you aren’t selling a vehicle that is rare or comes with some history attached to it, you are playing in an extremely competitive market where first impression counts. Mobile Leather Repairs , experts in leather repairs is helping its clients create the right impression in the minds of their customers with full interior renovation.
Their team of seasoned craftsman carries out all kinds of repair works on your car leather seats. Whether your seats have become unstitched due deployment of the airbag or their color has faded, Mobile Leather Repairs would bring back old car interiors to life and create the right first impression in minds of buyers. They have worked with vehicles from different makes over the last 20 years and this makes them the best in the market for such restorations.
Get in touch with Mobile Leather Repairs. Remember the value of your car would stand where you want it to be and hence you must prepare it for a resale, damage seats can in some cases put people off the sale of your car.
Below is a repair to a drivers seat bolster of a Bmw car seat, the seat had wear and tear and a small tear, the area area has been cleaned back using a leather cleaner, once clean we prepped the area prior to undertaking the repairs.
The tear is now sub patched and bonded using a leather glue, the surrounding area is repaired using a leather filler which allows the damaged area to be levelled out ready for its top coat, we apply one coat by hand and then finish off using a airbrush to allow a nice even coat. All our work is undertaken on site, no down time for your car.
We were tasked to repair and restore Alfa Romeo car seats and door cards, being a classic car these were showing there age along with lots of wear and tear with a lot of staining which has been caused by water damage, this in turn made the seats to be unsightly.
Alfa Romeo Renovation (Stage 1)
We stated by deep cleaning the seats using a strong Leather Cleaner and a tampico brush to reach deep in to the grain. This enable us to remove as much of the surface dirt as possible.
Alfa Romeo Renovation (Stage 2)
Removing the manufactures finish using a Leather Prep, when restoring a classic car seat like these it is very important to remove as much of the top finish as possible, the seats over the years would have been cleaned and creamed and sprayed with a large number of leather cleaners and protection creams and without removing all of these would leave for a short lasting repair.
Alfa Romeo Renovation (Stage 3)
Now the leather has been prepped we can undertake repairs to any of the leather surfaces, i.e. rips or tears, in this case there was only a very small out of repairs hat required to be undertaken.
Alfa Romeo Renovation (Stage 4)
Due to the vast amount of water damage it was vital to apply a stain blocker prior to any new leather dye to be added this blocks in the staining on the leather which means the stains would not bleed back through at a later date.
Alfa Romeo Renovation (Stage 5)
We apply a base coat of leather dye by hand and a cloth making sure the new leather dye reaches all the hard to reach areas allowing for a great adhesion base coat. Once this has been completed we build up the colour using a air brush leaving for a nice uniformed finish, at this stage the seats are now looking like new and just require sealing.
Alfa Romeo Renovation (Stage 6)
By applying a new sealant to the top finish allows for the leather dyes to be sealed in and a lot harder finish to stop the premature wear and tear.
Below are a few more pictures taken on this renovation we also undertook the repairs on the pvc door cards, we have brought this interior back up to a car showroom condition which the customer can now start showing the car at car shows across the Uk, if you have a classic car of any kind Mobile Leather Repairs will be able to help.
Leather repair do not only just complete work on leather we are a all round company completing all aspects of furniture repairs.
Today we were called on a customer to undertake repairs to their broken arm on there 2str sofa.
When the manufactures make furniture they use a Fibre board/Cardboard to shape the arms, during the use of your furniture due to our seating habits sometime too much pressure can be applied to these areas causing for the boards to break away leaving you with a broken arm.
Over 95% of our repairs are undertaken in the customers home causing less downtime of the furniture leaving for a quicker repair, most repairs like this can be completed in under a hour.
We start by removing the arm from the sofa so we can get to the arm cover. Once the arm has been removed the cover is unstapled from the frame showing the damage of the broken arm.
Now we have full access to the arm we remove the broken arm fiberboard, which then leaves us with the frame ready to start work on. We start applying webbing straps front to the back of the arm at full tension and then some support straps from left to right.
The arm is now fully repaired and is much stronger than when made from the factory, if you now apply to much pressure to the arm the webbing will allow the arm to bounce back rather than break again.
The arm now is bolted back on to the sofa and the customer has many more years of use.
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