Most people who own leather upholstery, have no idea how leather can be taken from a cow and be mysteriously transformed into a soft, luxurious, upholstery covering. The mystery surrounding leather has probably come about, because very few people have had the opportunity to visit a tannery. In order to help you understand your leather, here’s a whirlwind tour through the tanning process.
If you travel long-distance, it is expected that you will be getting dirt and dust on your leather. Before you use any kind of cleaner, try removing first large specs that got stuck on the surface by scraping it. Do not use sharp metals in doing this as it can scratch the surface.
When you apply the liquid leather over creases and cracks, you should first dilute it with water. A good rule of thumb is mix together one-third water and two-thirds liquid leather, so the product coats properly. After rubbing the mixture into the leather, let it dry for at least a minute. Then use a cloth to wipe away the mixture. It should fill the cracks, but come off the good portions of leather.
The third step is to polish your saddlebags. This will help it look brand new. Just remember not to overdo it because you can clog the pours of the leather. You should also avoid using petroleum products that can ruin the leather making workshop overtime rather than making it last. Use conditioners instead that can actually penetrate the fibers. When polishing the motorcycle saddlebags, make sure that you spread the cream evenly and thinly in every part. Polishing is done to make your saddlebags stand out and look more attractive.
You can also make your own leather wallet. Most leather craft kits come with pre-cut and assembled wallet parts along with instruction details to guide you along the way. Usually the task begins with sewing the pre-cut leather wallet parts together. Then you can add more accessories like beads, some stamp designs or add color by painting the outside portion with acrylic paint suitable for leather making.
Conditioning the leather will extends its life. Choose the conditioner that is made for your type of leather. Apply to a soft, clean cloth and work into the leather, taking care to get seams. Make sure you condition evenly. Wipe with a clean, dry cloth.
It’s just a matter of time before all those thread seams or bonded edges start to get weak and separate. Think of a bonded item as plywood verses pure wood. Actually cork-board is a more fitting comparison! So please, DON’T buy a patchwork, bonded, rock design or any other fancy name type of leather, it’s junk. Buy a quality leather jacket, you’ll be glad you did.