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We know that choosing the correct product for your particular application may be somewhat of an un daunting task. It can be difficult to determine which product you need for a particular type of material or individual project.We have created this guide as a tool in helping you choose which products that you will need for your project. Simply choose the appropriate item choice in the box below and you will be directed to the exact product that you need. You may also contact one of our helpful service representatives at: 800-232-4092. Our Business hours ar Monday - Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Eastern Time.

 

 

Leather Used in the Furniture, Automotive, Clothing and other industries:

Top Coated Protected

Full Grain

 

This leather is used almost exclusively on automotive seats, door panels, console lids, steering wheels and other trim panels found on the interior of most vehicles.  With a few exceptions, Top Coated leather will be the only form of leather in any automobile.  These exceptions include: Chrysler/Jeep, General Motors, Ford and several other manufacturers which uses Suede on a seat panels,

Ford King Ranch trucks use Top Coated leather on most areas of the interior of the vehicle, but also use full aniline or semi-aniline on the seats.  Please see below to determine if you have this type of leather.

This leather is best identified by it's smooth, grained texture.  The finish has a semi-gloss or "matte" finish with no evidence of a "knapp".

To test this type of leather; place a small droplet of water onto the surface of the leather.  The water droplet will sit on the surface of the leather and will not soak into the leather immediately.

 

Suede

Suede is sometimes used inside vehicles, but is now becoming more popular and is being found on outside bolster and trim panels of leather seats.  It will also be seen on door panels and trim panels.  Rarely will it be found on steering wheels.

This leather is identified by its' rough,"knapp" finish. This "knapp" is similar to that found on carpeting and can be determined by brushing your hand over the surface of the leather. When brushed in one direction, the leather will darken in color, when brushed back the other direction, it will lighten in color.  A definite "knapp" or "raw leather" look is visible on the surface.

 

NuBuck or Full Aniline

Rarely used inside automobiles, this leather has begun to catch the attention of manufacturers because of its' appearance and "luxurious" appeal.  Ford King Ranch trucks have been using this leather for several years on seat upholstery trim, door panels and other areas in the cab.

Similar to Suede, NuBuck has a "knapp" but is much shorter and more evenly spaced than suede.  At first appearance, it may be difficult to determine that it is NuBuck.  When new, NuBuck has a very flat, dull finish and when brushed with the hand, will have the same reaction as suede.  A test may be performed to determine this type of leather by placing a small droplet of water onto the surface of the leather. This droplet of water will immediately soak into the leather and create a dark spot, which will dry and disappear in a matter of minutes.

Occasionally, a manufacturer or dealer will apply a repellant material to the surface of this leather to reduce the amount of soiling and staining that will naturally occur.  If this product has been applied, the water droplet will sit on the surface and "bead up" making it difficult to conduct this test.  Normally, after a few minutes, the water droplet will begin to soak into the leather as mentioned.

It may be advisable to contact the manufacturer to obtain information about the specific type of leather that you have.

 

Semi-Aniline

This is the most difficult type of leather to determine.  It is also the most difficult to maintain.  Semi-Aniline leather has the appearance of Top Coated Leather but does not have the protected coating.  This allows for the absorption of soils, liquids and staining materials quickly.  Once this has occurred, complete cleaning and removal of theses stains is nearly impossible.  Semi-Aniline leather is not typically used in the automotive industry with the exception of the Ford King Ranch trucks.  However, more attention has been given to its' use within the automotive industry and we expect to begin seeing much more of its' use in the near future.

A test may be performed to determine this type of leather by placing a small droplet of water onto the surface of the leather. This droplet of water will immediately soak into the leather and create a dark spot, which will dry and disappear in a matter of minutes.

Occasionally, a manufacturer or dealer will apply a repellant material to the surface of this leather to reduce the amount of soiling and staining that will naturally occur.  If this product has been applied, the water droplet will sit on the surface and "bead up" making it difficult to conduct this test.  Normally, after a few minutes, the water droplet will begin to soak into the leather as mentioned.

It may be advisable to contact the manufacturer to obtain information about the specific type of leather that you have.

 

Pull-Up

The only true difference between Pull-Up leather and Top Coated leather or Semi-Aniline leather is the finish.  Pull-Up leather is finished with a wax or oil finish over an aniline dyed hide. Pull-Up leather is closer in finish type to Semi-Aniline leather in respect to the lack of a fully sealed finish.  The nature of Pull-Up leather is very exquisite in both appearance and feel.  It is a very soft, supple leather with a prominent "Bark" or Savauge finish. Choosing the correct products for use on Pull-Up leather is relatively easy since products designed for both Top Coated or Semi-Aniline leathers may be used quite successfully. However, our experience indicates that Top Coated products perform a little better and last a little longer.

A test may be performed to determine this type of leather by pinching the leather surface to form a very tight fold. At the apex of the fold, the leather color will dramatically lighten so that the under color will be visible through the darker oil or wax finish. Also, Pull-Up leather is very susceptible to light surface scratches. A finger nail may be lightly drug across the surface which will create a light colored scratch. This scratch may be easily removed with the application of a wax or oil based leather conditioner.  Leather Magic!™ Leather Conditioner or Leather Protection Cream is highly suited for this.

It may be advisable to contact the manufacturer to obtain information about the specific type of leather that you have.

 

 

If you are not sure of the Total nature of the repair or material that you are working with, Please feel free to contact one of our service representatives and we will be happy to help you with your particular situation.

 

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