|How might patina effect my leather bag?||| Print ||
|Written by Chris Repp|
|Friday, 11 June 2010 11:20|
Patina is the sheen on any surface produced by age and use. Many different kinds of leather will patina. Darkening, shining and scratches are all common signs of leather patina.
In this article I'd like to help you look ahead to how and why your leather bag may patina over the years you own it. The leather finishes i describe and bag photos shown have been provided by Saddleback Leather Company.
Most people find leather patina cool. It's like the distressing of a bomber jacket or the breaking in of a fine leather chair. Because patina develops in response to your environment, it will make your leather bag a one of a kind.
Others prefer their leather to look like the day they bought it for as long as possible.
Part 1 of this artilce will teach you about which leathers will develop a patina and why. Part 2 will share some tips on how you can slow down, or speed up the process of your leather bag developing a patina.
Part 1: How and why will different leather finishes develop a patina?
Three factors cause leather to develop a patina;
Because leather can be finished in very different ways, the finishing process is the greatest factor in deciding the level and type of patina a bag will show.
For this article I will discuss 4 leather finishes and how how patina effects each. They are finished leather, semi-aniline leather and two types of pull-up leathers.
Finished leather will show very little patina over time.
The sprayed on color and topcoat of finished leather protect the leather fibers beneath from absorbing liquids. The color and clearcoat also limit scratching and sheen changes to this leather.
Effects of patina: If you like your leather bag to look like new as long as possible choose finished leather. Finished leather will patina very little over time.
Shiny pull-up leather will patina some over time.
The wax or oil that is applied, or "stuffed", into the leather provides some protection for the leather fibers from absorbing oil and other liquids. However, if a liquid sit on the surface of the leather for a long time it will absorb into the leather fibers. This may evaporate away or may stain the fibers darker depending on the type of liquid.
Over time the surface can distress due to rubbing, scratches and fading. Once the surface wax or oil is gone the fibers are exposed and the leather will then absorb liquids and may darken. So, re-waxing this leather will slow the effects of patina.
Effects of patina: If you'd like to be able to control some of the effects of patina on your leather bag, choose pull-up leather. Shiny pull-up leather will show medium levels of darker and lighter patina over time.
Pull-up Leather Matte (Dark Coffe Brown in Saddleback)
Matte pull-up leather will also patina some over time.
The same waxes and oils are stuffed into this leather to create a dark initial finish that will lighten significantly when stretched, scraped and scuffed.
Because of the dark, matte finish on this leather, liquid spills will not show or create patina as quickly as the chestnut pull-up leather. Rubs and scrapes will show lighter distress areas on the leather.
Effects of patina: Again, if you like some control over the effects of patina on your leather bag, choose pull-up leather. Dark matte pull-up leather will show medium levels of lighter patina over time.
Semi-Aniline Leather (Tobacco Brown from Saddleback)
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