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Why leather car and motorcycle seats crack

Posted: Nov 14, 2011Category: Cars, boats and planes, Common Leather Problems, Leather Advice From the Pros

Worn, Cracked Car Seat_before_FTP Most car interior leather and motorcycle seats are fully finished, and there are a couple of reasons why it cracks. Cracking usually occurs when the protective coating on fully finished leather is worn down or when there has been a manufacturer problem. 1. Body oil and dirt can cause leather to crack - It is very easy for dirt and oils to collect on the surface of leather.  Together, these... [read more...]

Do not use markers to fill in spots on your leather upholstery

Posted: Oct 10, 2011Category: Common Leather Problems, DIY, Home and Office, Leather Advice From the Pros

An example of a spot filled in with a brown marker The business of dying leather is a tricky one, and you really can’t replicate it with any marker.  People come to us all the time asking us to fix problems they’ve created trying to fix a bleached out or discolored spot on their upholstery with a similarly colored marker.  The fact of the matter is that dyed leather usually has many layers and tones, and thinking you can find one marker that... [read more...]

How to clean vinyl boat seats

Posted: Aug 8, 2011Category: Cars, boats and planes, DIY, Vinyl Advice From the Pros

Keep your boat seats squeaky clean! Vinyl is an incredibly durable material, and it holds up well to water exposure.  Because of its durability, the vast majority of cushioned boat seats are made of vinyl.  While vinyl is designed to hold up well to wear and tear, it does have its limits. Time itself can take a major toll on vinyl if you don’t care for it properly.  It is important to clean your vinyl well on a regular basis, n... [read more...]

How to clean mildew off your boat seats

Posted: Aug 1, 2011Category: Cars, boats and planes, DIY, Vinyl Advice From the Pros

Mildewed Seats_Before_FTP Mildew is one of the most common problems with vinyl boat seats.  It often grows on seats when boats are covered because it thrives in warm, dark, damp places.  Mildew ends up smelling and looking bad, and it can eventually break down the vinyl your seats are made of.  It’s best to take measures to prevent it whenever possible and clean it up quickly once you realize it’s become a problem. ... [read more...]

How to clean tree sap off your boat seats

Posted: Jul 25, 2011Category: Cars, boats and planes, DIY, Vinyl Advice From the Pros

Pine Tree sap is one of the most common causes of damage to vinyl boat seats.  It can get on vinyl seats while the boat is uncovered or if a small portion of the cover comes loose, exposing the vinyl. The real problem with tree sap is that it melts easily into the seats in the sun or hot weather, making it next to impossible to clean off.  It is best to take preventative measures to keep tree sap ... [read more...]

How to fix water damaged leather car seats

Posted: Jul 1, 2011Category: Cars, boats and planes, Common Leather Problems, DIY, Leather Advice From the Pros

Massage water damaged leather in car seats to fix them We’ve all done it—left our car windows open or our tops down in the rain. Good news is - a little bit of water, if cleaned up quickly, isn’t likely to hurt your leather. In fact, most car leather has a protective layer that will help prevent immediate damage.  This coating is designed to give you enough time to clean up a small drink spill before it soaks into your leather.  So, if you ... [read more...]

Types of leather: Must-know info for buying leather

Posted: Dec 3, 2010Category: General

Protected leather My customers are confused about different types of leather – either because they aren’t sure what they should look for when it comes time to buy new furniture, or because they have a problem (like a scratch or stain) that needs to be fixed.  This quick guide should help you understand the big picture.  If you have other questions, leave them in the comments below! 1. Fully-Finished Leath... [read more...]