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  1. I'm not really saying they didn't work, they just didn't do what I was hoping (which again, I don't know if that is possible). I have a bottle of leather honey on the way.
  2. And just to see what people think (for the original question) what is a good conditioner for a couch? I own bick 4 but don't like it. I plan on trying leather honey next.
  3. Thank you Art! Very helpful information. I definitely just need to keep learning, and ya, this is a good practice piece! Thanks again
  4. They were relatively cheap and I'm just trying to learn some things on my own. Not really worth it to me to pay somebody. There isn't a way for me to tell if it does have a coating? I can easily see and feel the grain, cracks, etc of the leather. Doesn't a leather coating give it a solid color over the leather? (Again, I am not an expert, just trying to learn!) Water does bead on the leather (but after a couple minutes does mostly soak in and shows dark on the leather), but again, I recently treated it with pecards which also acts as a water repellent. And I'm confused...is it good or bad to remove the coating if there is one?
  5. I am new to leather, I have no idea how to tell the type of leather. How would I know if I stripped something off? It is probably 15-20 years old. It is a pottery barn set, about $5k new. So I'm guessing it's higher end leather. I posted a while back about a crack it has in it. I just added the photos above. Maybe they will help to be able to tell what kind of leather it is. Is there a way I can tell? So if it's bycast or bonded what do you to treat? The leather is old and is starting some cracking/lines so it definitely needs something whatever it is. Thanks!
  6. Hi guys, I have a leather couch and armchair that I got a few months ago. When I bought them, I treated them with pecards (they were pretty old and dry) but the leather stayed sticky for quite a while. I was curious what your professional opinion would be on the best leather conditioner to use on the furniture moving forward? How would I tell if the leather is coated? It's hard, because I did treat it with Pecard's so water beads on it right now (but does sink in and "stain" if left for a few minutes) So the leather does absorb after a bit. Are there any other ways to know if this leather would take a leather conditioner like Leather Honey or Bick well? The leather definitely needs a treatment but it doesn't look like Pecard's did much. Should I try to remove anything that is existing and then apply something else? If so, how should I remove old wax/the pecards, etc? Attached are a few pics of the leather in question. I don't know if you can tell from this photo or not. Thanks!
  7. it's supposed to read "But if it" not "But it" above.
  8. Thank you. I can definitely live with it...the only thing that would bother me is if I'm the one who did it. But if almost definitely looks like it would have been there before 2 days ago, then I am completely good with that. I am just really anal about stuff like this, especially if I'm the one to do it. That's why I was hoping the crack was older than 2 days old.
  9. That's what I want to hear! Even though I applied one layer of dressing/conditioner the day I got it, do you definitely think the crack is older than 2 days? And would you definitely call it a crack, and not a cut? It seems very straight...cracking I have seen usually isn't so straight. But I am very new to leather in general...especially older leather.
  10. Anybody else have any opinion? I did put some pecard's leather dressing on it the day I got it home. So that might account for some of the darkening. But do you guys think this could have possibly been done 2 days ago...or is definitely an older crack? And would you call it a crack or a cut? And is it odd that it just cracked there? Seems weird there is just one solitary, long (like 6") crack.
  11. That's what it looks like to me too. But I am also no expert either. I wonder if there is an expert on this? haha. I know this is an odd question. *added a closeup crop above.
  12. Hi guys. This might be a weird question. But I bought this leather club chair yesterday. After I got it home I noticed a pretty long (probably 6 inches) crack/cut in the back seat of the chair. It does not go all the way through the leather, but your fingernail catches it. I didn't go over the chair too closely before I bought it so I could have missed it. The seller says it wasn't there when I bought it, but it's very dark...and I don't know how I could have done it while moving it. So I'm thinking (and hoping) it has been there a while. Is there any way this could have happened yesterday? I have a weird thing where I am completely fine with damage/distress on an item as long as I didn't do it. If I mess something up it drives me nuts! So I'm hoping this was there before I picked it up yesterday. Is there any way to tell from these photos or no?
  13. Great. Thanks! It's right on 2 corners of the bag so clamping it will be the tricky part (and keeping it in the right place). I will probably just use some small clamps or even one of the paper clamps.
  14. Thanks! I'll take your word for it on the locktite as I am very new to this...that's what I'll go with. I had said waterproof in the post before, but I did some research and it seems to be waterproof. These leather mailbags were made for the elements so I want as waterproof of a bond as I can for these small holes. Thanks again!
  15. How is longevity of it? Is it waterproof? I've just never had good luck with superglue. Always used glues like gorilla glue (in general, not for leather. This is the first time I have had to use glue for leather) Thanks!