The insturctional strategy is to begin with the basics, building on each succeeding chapter to develop a complete, well rounded knowledge base for the reader. However, each chapter can also be read as an self-contained unit. In this sense, the book can be used as a reference manual.

Comprehensive Guide to Leather Repair and Restoration

Table of Contents

 

1.     Leather Fundamentals & Terminology………………………..……………15

2.     Leather Care Considerations…………………………………….…………..36

3.     Leather Repair Tools……………………….…………………..…………….48

4.     Assessing Damage Strategies………………………………………………..78

5.     The Preparation Process ……………………………………………………122

6.     Sub-patching…………………………………………………………………158

7.     Fillers ………………………………………………………………………..163

8.     Grain Matching………………………………………………..……………184

9.     Leather Finishes………………………………………………………...…..188

10.   Color Theory ………………………………………………………………..218

11.   Color Matching …………………………………………………………….223

12.   Application Methods and Techniques ……………………………………232

13.   Top Coats …………………………………………………………………..240

14.   Introduction to Mottled Colors ……………………………………………247

15.   Concluding the Repair ……………………………………………………..254

16.   About Exotics ………………………………………………………………261

17.   Frequently Asked Questions……………………………………………….269

18.   The Business of Leather Repair and Restoration…………………………280

Addenda ………………………………………………………………………..286

Addendum A – Leather Types List………………….…………………………287

Addendum B – Leather Coating graphic……………………………………….289

Addendum C – Stitching…………………………………………………..……291

Addendum D – Oil Extraction……………………………………………….....306

Addendum E – Articles……………………………………………….………....311

Addendum F – Leather Types in Detail…………………………………..…….319

Addendum G – Color Matching Guidelines……………………..…………..….321

Addendum H – Tanning steps – Detail……………………………….……...…323

Addendum I – Inserting Foam ………………………………………………….332

Index…………………………………………………………….…………..……334