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Impressed with the results, but do not expect miracles
on March 18, 2012
I have a black Emanual New Lealand Lambskin leather jacket that my cat thought was a ball of yarn. I also hit the chaulk rail of a whiteboard with my arm at work. So I have a fairly significant cat tear (1\2") and several of his scratches near the lower right side pocket. The arm had a very small tear in the leather and a couple of small scratches. This is a $400.00 dress leather jacket, so I was not happy with myself or the cat. Right after the cat fiasco, I called the local leather shop that everyone swears by and they had me bring it in. Once the saw the tear by the pocket and the scratches, I was told "hot glue is all you can do for that, and thing can be done about the scratches." I aked about kits online and they shook their heads no. So I let them glue down the flap, which they did for no charge. I dropped off my old leather coat that had a really BIG tear in it so they could sew it up. A week later at work, I damaged the left arm on the chaulkboard rail. Depressed, I started looking at these leather repair kits. I decided to take a chance and bought this kit. I did the repair today, (with my cat locked in the other room).
I am pretty impressed by the repair. It is not perfect, but you would not be able to pick them out unless you knew about the damage before-hand, or went over it with a REALLY hard eye. The kit was easy to use, but the only thing to be really mindful of is the pigment spray bottle. No matter how much you shake it, (as it says in the instructions), large dots will appear on the area you are spraying. I used a microsofiber towel to blot it out even. The kit comes with a sponge for texture. I used a hair dryer per instruction to speed up the process. I did not have any pictures of the actual tears and scratches before-hand. (I was too pi#sed off), but I took some after.
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NOTE: I put links in, but they may not allow this. Not sure. Might be in review process. We will see.
I think for a repair, this kit worked pretty well. Remember, this is a REPAIR. The damage will NEVER be 100% non-detectable. Once the orginal leather is damaged, it can never 100% perfectly matched. The main objective is to stop any more tearing while making the repair blend in as much as possible. If you are expecting results to look like it never happened at all, there is just no way to do this. Since no one local will do the job, and I ADORE this jacket, I had to do something. I am very pleased with the results. Go SLOW when doing the repair. Not sure about large tears on harder leather, but worked for me.