Louis Vuitton Vachetta Leather Care - Kit-V7+ by Leather Doctor is formulated and design for the care of Louis Vuitton (LV) bags from preventive care, routine care, periodic care to restorative care. It is a combination problem solving kit for the monogram canvass, lining and the pH sensitive leather that is an upgrade from Kit V7 with an addition of VachettaPro-1.2. Additional products relevant to existing problem as shown from the leather problem-solving guide can be purchased individually. VachettaPro-1.2 (pH value 1.2) is a very strong low water-based pH balancing cleaner. Formulated for restoration cleaning and rectifying the common blotchy browning effect derive from sweat, alkaline stain and cleaning product especially on naked unfinished vegetable-tanned leathers popularly known Vachetta. It is particularly effective in emulsifying general soiling in a gentle penetrating, lubricating and suspending reaction to be towel extracted. Penetrated darkening body contact oil and grease stains are highly recommended to be pre-removed with Degreaser-2.2 in conjunction with white towel extraction if any. VachettaPro-1.2 continues clean over the grease stain and extends to the entire panel or section without leaving a dry edge. It is used in conjunction with Acidifier-2.0 as rinse, and continues with Hydrator-3.3 and Fatliquor-5.0 as the last wet process. It is important to note that the above wet process is kept at a minimum 25% moisture level in each process in transition and only allows for a complete dry after Fatliquor-5.0. Otherwise with insufficient (less than 7%) fatliquor content will easily accelerate existing cracks when dry. Fatliquor (fat and oil) content when dry at optimum level should be up to 14% when measure with a leather moisture meter or an equivalent wood moisture meter. A further overall bleaching with Vachetta-2.8 reduction-oxidation (redox) reaction may follow for tarnish stains and the undesired sun tanning effect to a lighter biscuit color appearance. Tips: Sequence of Wet-Processes for Restorative Cleaning (See the guide for other levels of soiling sequence of steps). Typically, a wet process is a continuous process where the leather is constantly keeps at the lowest moisture level about 25%. This minimum moisture level is important not allowing the leather to dry before the final fatliquoring process with Fatliquor-5.0 otherwise existing cracks will accelerate, accentuated or magnified. Optimum fatliquor (fat and oil) moisture level should reach 14% when dry to avoid the ill effect of drying without sufficient fatliquor. Fast drying will stiffen the leather and slow natural drying will produce a softer leather. Optional sequence of Process: (skip 1, 2 or 3 where it does not apply; step 4, 5 and 6 is mandatory; 7, 8 and 9 are optional).
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1 – Darkening Body Oil and Grease Stains
Penetrated darkening body grease and oil where apparent are degreased with Degreaser-2.2.
2 – Known Stains
Known stains are treated according to the Vachetta (V) Leather Problem Solving Guide.
3 – Browning Stains
pH value related browning blotchiness or patchiness is rectified with VachettaPro-1.2
4 – Rinsing
Rinsing is done with either with Rinse-3.0 or Acidifier-2.0 follows with towel extraction.
5 – Hydrating
Hydrating as deep rinsing and preconditioning is perform with Hydrator-3.3
6 – Fatliquoring
Fat and oil replenishing is accomplished with Fatliquor-5.0.
This ends the continuous wet-process when the leather is sufficiently fat and oil replenished that lead to an increase in percentage of fat and oil moisture content.
7 - Any surface fatliquor residue may be further rinse with Hydrator-3.3 to an even appearance.
The leather is left to a natural slow drying process.
8 - Any undesirable tannin and tarnish stains or sun-tanning effect may be reduced to a lighter biscuit-color appearance by the bleaching effect of Vachetta-2.8 reduction-oxidation (redox) reaction.
9 - Protector-D protects the naked leather against soiling for easier cleaning and rectifying scuffs by sealing and concealing it while retaining its natural transpiration.
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