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Restoration - Topcoat (worn)

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Pictures shows topcoat refinishing from left to right.

The objective of topcoat refinishing is to restore the clear topcoat back to its original pre-damaged condition. Topcoat damages evident are the presence of color lightening scuff, scratch and abrasion. With topcoat wears out from friction rubs the leather appearance becomes dull and lifeless. Originally topcoat imparts a film forming coating that provides abrasion and stain resistance to the dyed leather crust. When topcoat wears out, darkening effect and mud cracking in constant body contact areas develops quickly, further deteriorating the leather appearance and denaturing the leather or reverting to rawhide with an often tacky feel when damp. Topcoat decides the luster level from gloss to satin. Gloss amplifies or magnifies the beauty of the grain as well as the blemishes. Satin would be a better choice to hide some blemishes or camouflage it and always follows as a luster adjustment after gloss application. Without this topcoat, the leather would be: a) poor in aesthetics such as appearance and feel; b) poor physical properties such as wet rub, sweat resistant and scuff resistant; c) poor in ageing properties such as soil resistant and wet cleaning resistant.