Comprehensive Guide to Leather Repair and Restoration: Leather Repair Training Manual

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Advanced Leather Solutions, Inc., May 1, 2019 - Crafts & Hobbies - 370 pages
Want to explore the world of leather repair and restoration? This book is your answer. It's a deep-dive into the specifics of leather repair and restoration. As the only one of its kind, it covers all aspects of care, maintenance, repair and restoration of leather furniture, automotive, jackets, etc.  The book teaches the science behind repair and restoration methodologies. The reader learns the underlying fundamentals as to why and how a particular task solves a problem, as well as the properties of the chemistry behind the best repair and restoration products. It takes the mystery out of how and why these repair techniques work. Readers have commented that with this book, you don't need formal training to be effective. Everything you need to know about the craft is in this book including marketing and sales ideas for a leather repair business. As an ebook, the reader can take advantage of the embedded links to videos, so its not just the written word, but also video that shows you how as well. If you are a retailer selling leather goods, its a great reference piece to have on hand. If you want to get into the business of leather repair, this book will give you all the knowledge you need, including tip on marketing. If you are a professional leather tech, then you know the importance of knowledge. This book, with its easy to follow, step by step learning process is chocked full of "How to" tips and tricks. In 350 plus pages, there is bound to be at least one or two money saving ideas even for experineced technicians.
 

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I agree with the other reviews..this is far and away the best publication pertaining to leather repair/ restoration available. Well written and easy to understand, even for the novice. If it's leather and can be fixed or restored...its covered. Recommend it to anyone in the restoration or furniture business. 

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Your training manual is by far the most thorough and comprehensive material available to the trade craftsman in the leather repair industry. Before discovering your company, I spent a week and considerable money in leather training with another company. If I had studied your manual prior to that training, it wouldn’t have been necessary as your manual went into much greater depth than my training ever approached. With leather repair, it’s all about details and details are provided in a succinct, easily understood manner. Along with the training manual, the supporting videos on youtube complements your system. I learn by both watching instructional videos and reading, so the combined videos/manual method really works for me. Your training methods, combined with your product offerings and phone/email support makes you the best source for anyone wanting to become competent and successful at leather repair and restoration. I think sourcing leather repair goods from ADV Leather is one of the best decisions a leather tech could make. 

Contents

HOW is subpatch material applied?
169
Summary
170
Chapter Objectives
172
WHEN TO USE WHICH FILLER
176
FILLER APPLICATION
179
CURING CONSIDERATIONS and pitfalls
182
Summary
191
Chapter Objectives
192

CONDITIONING LEATHER
45
Summary
49
Chapter Objectives
50
CHEMICALS
51
SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS
78
kIT mANAGEMENT AND MAINTENANCE
79
Summary
80
Chapter Objectives
81
Setup procedures
123
WHEN IS A REPAIR ACCEPTABLE?
125
Summary
129
Chapter Objectives
130
Summary
165
Chapter Objectives
166
What is subpatch material
167
Graining tools
193
APPLICATION TECHNIQUES
195
Summary
196
Chapter Objectives
197
TOP COAT CLEAR COAT
208
Colored Rub Coat CONSIDERATIONS
211
FINISH ADHESION CONSIDERATIONS
224
Summary
225
Chapter Objectives
226
Summary
230
Chapter Objectives
231
Color Wheel Realities
232
Other Color Matching Issues
234
Copyright

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About the author (2019)

Kevin was the keynote speaker at three international symposiums regarding leather restoration and repair. He and his team have trained dozens of leather technicians in the art of leather restoration, and produced many detailed, task-specific DVD's. He has posted over 80 YouTube "how-to" videos for resolution of leather problems and has over 4,000 subscribers to his YouTube channel. He's been asked to consult with leather hide suppliers, furniture manufacturers, furniture retailers, and news media regarding product problems, including a recent trip to Italy where he worked with a chemical company that supplies leather finishing chemistry to tanneries throughout Europe and beyond. Kevin leads the team who for 30+ years has repaired and restored leather furniture and has engineered the finest leather care, repair and restoration products available globally.

In his own words - "I’ve been a technician with ADV Leather for 29 years, and senior technician since 1994. I do most of the color-matching for our company, our DIY clients, and our professional clients. We make our own restoration materials and systems, so I’m responsible for all product compounding, chemical engineering, R & D, and testing of the ADV Leather professional and consumer product lines. I manage all raw material vendor relations. I'm also the corporate IT guy. I’ve led the technical sessions at three international symposiums, and consult with technicians across the globe. I'm sure I would do something in my spare time, if I had any."

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