|Bi-cast leather scratch repairs. Do-it-yourself or hire a pro? You decide.||| Print ||
|Written by Chris Repp|
|Monday, 16 November 2009 11:00|
I've said in other articles that I am not opposed to sharing do-it-yourself options with my customers. Some repairmen may not want to do it because they feel it takes work away from them. I have found that if I give my potential customers every alternative for repairing their leather, sometimes they take the do-it-yourself option but more often they appreciate my sharing free information with them and are more likely to use my services. If not for the do-it-yourself project then for something else that is a more difficult leather problem where hiring a pro makes sense.
All that to say, repairing bi-cast leather is one of those situations where sometimes a do-it-yourself suggestion will work fine, other times a pro makes sense. If you have a puncture hole, tear or large discoloration, do-it-yourself may not be an option for bi-cast leather, but if you know you have bi-cast leather and it is scratched on the surface you may be able to fix-it-yourself. For example, I was just out at a customers home in Bethesda, Maryland to repair delivery scratches in the side of her bi-cast leather sectional. I will show you the scratches before repair. Then, I will show you the scratches after at do-it-yourself level repair. Finally, I will show you the scratches after I added some professional techniques to complete the repairs.
Here is a picture of the scratches before repair:
Below is a picture of the repairs at a do-it-yourself level. I say do-it-yourself level because for the 1st part of this repair I used tools and skills that can be easily acquired by a moderately handy person who lives within 20 miles of a hardware store. Click here for the techniques i used that you can also use for a do-it-yourself level repair of bi-cast leather. As you can see the scratches are mostly gone. Because I was in the home, I could see the scratch still from a side view and wanted to add some further repairs. But this is what you could expect with a little practice, using the basic bi-cast scratch repair techniques.
Finally, here is the completed professional repair picture. I simply added some sanding, color refinishing and leather hi-gloss topcoat to get a more "perfect" repair.
So it's up to you. If you want a more perfect repair and don't have the time or inclination to repair your scratched bi-cast leather, hire a good pro. On the other hand, if you want to give it a try and are happy with the results, go for it.
|Last Updated on Monday, 16 November 2009 12:23|