When we formulated and implemented our DIY leather restoration system, we tried to assemble a comprehensive array of tools and chemistry that would solve issues typically present in the leather restoration process. We based our selections of kit components and product volumes present in our restoration kits on the many thousands of restoration projects completed in our shop facility, evaluating furniture configurations, restoration methodology, material consumption, and other factors.

Our Stock Color kits are designed to provide enough materials to accomplish a typical restoration project. Below, we've outlined possible exceptions that may require the purchase of additional amounts of individual kit components to complete your particular project. Consulting us via telephone (800.541.5982) or email prior to placing your on-line order may help you to determine if any additional items are necessary.

Sun fading or radical color changes

Sun fading is a typical condition that prompts clients to look for leather restoration solutions. Unfinished (or aniline-dyed, un-pigmented) leathers are susceptible to fading due to UV exposure, and can fade to a color dramatically lighter than that of the original color. Also, as color fashions change, clients may want to tranform an out-dated color scheme to one more in keeping with current trends. The new target color may be drastically different than the existing one. In both of these situations, it may take more color to complete the transformation than is present in the normal kit, simply because the starting and ending colors are so markedly different. As an example, it takes approximately 20-25% more color to transform a white leather to our Coffee Bean brown, than it would to change from a Hunter green to the same Coffee Bean brown.

Also, in the case of extreme sun-fading on unfinished leathers, it may take more applications of the Penetrating Moisturizer to restore the moisture content and suppleness of those leathers than is shipped with the stock kit.

Body oil accumulation

Oil accumulation in leather usually represents as a dark spot in areas where the leather comes into contact with bare skin (arm-rest, head-rest, or seat-top), and must be dealt with prior to any leather restoration project. Excess oils interfere with the adhesion of any new color application, and are a virtual guarantee of premature failure if not dealt with. A visit to the Product Description and Application Sheet for the Oil Extractor product may be helpful.

Stock kits ship with 8 oz. of oil extractor included. This may be sufficient to resolve mild levels of oil accumulation on one or two areas, but large-scale accumulation on multiple areas may require 32 oz. or more. Pictures of your project may help us advise you on the necessary amounts.

Cat claw damage

Cat claw damage is a common problem that may need more just the kit color to resolve. Light scratches may disappear when the Base Color is applied, but the deeper scratches will probably require the application of a filler to help hide them. A general rule of thumb is, if there are 1-25 deep scratches, then the 1/4oz. Thick Filler add-on kit would be sufficient. If there are 26 or more deep scratches, then the 2oz. Thick Filler add-on kit is suitable. Either size option includes all the other Cat Scratch Repair components.

If you need clarification on the above items, or have other questions about your particular project, please call us at (800) 541-5982, or email kevin@advleather.com for more information. We're here to help.