We are just as excited as you are to get things going along. There's nothing like that new leather feeling! However, in order to ensure you get the best results possible from our products, we first need to check what type of leather you are planning to restore. There are two different types of leather:
1. Absorbent Leather
2. Non-absorbent Leather
STEP 1: TEST ABSORBENCY
To test the absorbency of your leather, place a few droplets of water on the surface of the leather surface, preferably in a non-damaged section of the leather.
- You have a choice here as to whether you want to recolor the leather by stripping the manufacturer's finish, or simply clean the leather. If you would rather leave the manufacturer finish as is, feel free to use our leather cleaning kit instead. This does not require that you strip the manufacturer's leather finish.
- However, if your leather is very damaged and discolored, we suggest you look into recoloring it with our recoloring balm. In order to do this, we just need to remove that finish. Here's how:
- Use Clyde's Leather Prep and Deglaze to strip the damaged section of the leather surface of the original manufacturer finish. Dab cotton balls in the preparing solution, and rub in circular motions until the damaged area is absorbent (absorbs water). Do so wearing gloves.
- Now your leather is absorbent, congrats! Please continue to the instructions below.
- Clean the surface of your leather with a spot cleaner (not a waterproofing one), do not condition before application. Dry the surface with a cloth.
- Apply a very small amount of the balm to the application sponge provided in your packet.
- Apply this conservative amount of balm to the leather surface. Rub in circular motions
- Allow the section you applied the balm on to dry while you repeat step 3 on another section of the leather. (repeat as you wish)
- When leather has reached the desired color, stop balm application and allow the balm to cure for 24-36 hours.
- If streaking or circles are observed, buff the leather surface with a moist towel, which will remove lines and streaks.
- Allow this to cure for 20 hours
STEP 3: APPLY LEATHER CONDITIONING CREAM
Whether you started with non-absorbent or absorbent leather, if you applied our recoloring balm you are going to need a new leather finish. While the recoloring balm improves the life of your leather, it won't protect it from the elements and waterproof it. We HIGHLY recommend applying our leather conditioning cream immediately following balm application (20 hours after curation). Our leather conditioning cream will protect your leather for the long haul, and prevent further damage. Apply this and you'll be set for 5+ years!
Congrats, your leather is looking brand spankin' new. Enjoy!