Make leather look worn by using rubbing alcohol, sandpaper, a wire brush and dry dirt to distress the surface. The time required depends on the amount of wear desired. Take care with your efforts so you give leather a worn look but do not permanently damage the piece.Know More
Use rubbing alcohol to wet the leather. Apply the liquid using a spray bottle and toothbrush or a clean cloth dipped in alcohol. Avoid saturating the leather. Fold and roll the wet leather to create lines in the finish. As the alcohol dries, it removes some of the oils from leather to give it a worn look.
Use a fine grit sandpaper to wear away part of the leather. Create additional wear along the bottom of the garment or bag and at any handles. Try to create marks where the leather would wear naturally.
The stiff bristles of a wire brush add a different type of wear. Continue to focus on the natural wear spots. If an area becomes thin, focus on distressing other areas to prevent creating a hole in the leather.
Find an area with dry soil and drop the leather article in the dirt. Scuff it to add a dusty appearance to the worn leather. Pick up the article and shake off any excess dust.
Soften leather with use to break in the rigid material. Accelerate the softening process by applying oils, jellies and other agents to the leather.Full Answer >
Polyurethane, or PU, coated leather is split hide leather that is bonded and covered with a polyurethane coat, and then embossed with grain patterns to simulate the appearance of top grain leather. PU is also known as bicast leather and split hide leather.Full Answer >
Lamb leather is a generic term that describes any leather sourced from lamb, and nappa leather is a specific type of lamb leather. Nappa leather is soft and thin with a fine grain and buttery texture ideal for gloves, wallets, clothing, shoes and luxury automobile upholstery. In addition to lamb, nappa leather also comes from goats and sheep.Full Answer >
Synthetic leather, also known as faux leather, vinyl or leatherette, is a manmade fabric made using PVC or polyurethane (PU) that is treated and dyed to resemble real leather. Synthetic leather is a cheaper, a more versatile and an ethically friendly alternative to real leather, which is made from tanned animal hides.Full Answer >