Saturday, May 22, 2010

The DIY Leather Solutions Generic Color System.

Check out this YouTube video that shows the two brown generic coloring systems.

It shows the difference between Coffee Bean and Mahogany from DIY Leather Solutions.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Leather Jacket Color Restoration

One of the joys of this business is encountering people with creative flair.  One such person is Barbara Carney in Chicago, IL.  Barbara has been using Advanced Leather Solutions Do-It-Yourself leather color system in interesting ways.

To see what I'm talking about, follow this link to see what she's done to an old leather jacket that she found at the Salvation Army.

With our color system, people are changing color of all kinds of items, from ice skates to purses.  There are no rules.  Let your creative juices flow.  Find an old abandoned leather "whatever" and make it uniquely yours with the leather restoration tools and products from Advanced Leather Solutions.

Copyright 2010, Kevin Gillan

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Cigarette Burn in Leather - A Repair

Occasionally at Advanced Leather Solutions we're asked to repair a burn hole in leather. This can be tricky business and best left to the expertise of a professional leather repair technician. To solve the problem correctly involves a multi-step procedure.

1. The heat of the burn will distort and pucker the leather immediately surrounding the hole.  This damaged leather has to be cut away, enlarging the wound to release the torque lines caused by the heat.  And, the leather in the surrounding area is prepared, typically with alcohol to remove any inhibitors to quality adhesion of the color coat.
2. A "plug" of leather is cut to the shape of the enlarged hole.
3. Sub-patch material is affixed with the sub-patch adhesive to the back side of the leather under the hole to give the repaired area some strength.
4. The leather plug is glued in place using non-flammable contact cement filling most of the hole.
5. The gap between the plug and the original leather is filled with a leather fill compound.
6. Once the fill is cured, a coat of color is then added with a hand held air brush.  Getting the color to match is key to disguising the repair.
7. A grain pattern is then created on the leather to resemble the grain of the surrounding leather.
8.  The color coat is re-applied.  Steps 7 and 8 may be repeated multiple times as the area may be sanded gently, re-grained and recolored .
9. A top coat is then applied that covers the color coat.  the top coat is a clear coat that protects the leather.

When done correctly, the end result looks like this.

Typically, this level of detail is beyond the scope of a novice.  The low-end (cheap) repair kits generally don't produce the results expected as success is as much about the right application techniques as it is about the right repair products.  Mastery of these techniques comes with proper training and experience.

The following URL will take you to a picture sequence of the full repair process.

Copyright  2010 Kevin Gillan

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

How to use a Badger 250 Air Brush kit

Occasionally we have the a client that requires an air brush as part of their Do It Yourself (DIY) Leather Restoration kit.  This is a video on YouTube that shows how to assemble the air canister to the brush and control the air pressure as well as droplet size.