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London Classic Car Show

Friday, 23 February 2018 12:07:56 Europe/London

Going hell for leather care at the London Classic Car Show

The London Classic Car Show at the Excel was billed as a must-attend event for classic car owners, collectors, experts and enthusiasts.


London Excel - Classic Car Show 2018  Stand view 2018

Over the four days at the Excel (February 15-18) it certainly didn’t disappoint as visitors clamoured to see more than 700 of the world’s finest classic cars and enjoy the spectacle of the Grand Avenue parades of rare street and competition cars. They included the only surviving 1939 Daimler DB18 Drophead – the car used by Winston Churchill to address the crowds during his election campaigns in the 1940s.

As experts in the leather care and restoration, we were there to offer help and advice to classic car owners on keeping their pride and joy vehicles looking as good on the inside as they do on the outside.

Winning formula

Show highlights included an appearance by former F1 World Champion Nigel Mansell who delighted crowds by driving his favourite Benetton F1 car on the Grand Avenue and signing the Formula Ford in which he won 27 races.

There was also a rogue’s gallery of getaway cars made famous in films or used in real-life robberies. This was curated by car-loving actor Philip Glennister, aka DCI Hunt from Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes.

Lister unveiled its Thunder supercar, capable of speeds of more than 200mph, while Morgan revealed the +4 GDI sporting model, aimed at would-be racing, rally or hill climbing drivers.

Colourlock at Classic Car Show 2018  Colourlock at Classic Car Show 2018

Quality car leather care

As well as keeping the engine ticking over and maintaining the bodywork, owners of classic cars also need to devote attention to the leather upholstery. If not properly cleaned and cared for, it will soon look the worse for wear.

As a result, visitors at the show were on the look-out for high-quality leather care and restoration products. Our team met more than 500 people and handed out over 1,000 leaflets to those expressing an interest in our products and services.

It goes without saying that we were more than delighted to share our expertise in all things leather to ensure that classic car owners stay in pole position when looking after their car interiors.

Mercedes seat repair by Colourlock

For optimum car leather care we recommend:

COLOURLOCK Leather Care Kits for regular cleaning and maintenance.

If on the other hand, you have a new car or brand new leather then COLOURLOCK New leather Care Kit is ideal.

COLOURLOCK Elephant Leather Preserver is best for restoring old dry leather.

COLOURLOCK Leather Softener for softening old and hard leather

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Caring for leather in bad weather

Wednesday, 14 February 2018 11:45:06 Europe/London

Protecting leather footwear and clothing against wet weather

Winter has brought with it storms and heavy rains, which is bad news for leather shoes, boots and clothing. Water and leather don’t make good partners and it’s always the leather that comes off worse after a drenching.

As well as leaving stains, including the tell-tale salt marks, water can damage the suppleness and overall look of leather.

So, if you haven’t done so already, it’s a good idea to weatherproof your leather footwear, bags and clothing. Ideally, this should be done when you purchase the items. While most leathers will have had some waterproofing treatment in the tannery, it is advisable to apply additional protection, especially for the more porous leathers, such as aniline, suede and nubuck.

There is a range of water-repellent agents on the market, the most effective of which are the solvent-based ones, which come in a spray can. Water-based products can leave marks and those that have to be washed in are only suitable for leather that can be washed.

If applying spray to used items, wipe them first to remove any dirt. Spray the protector generously and leave to dry. You may need to apply up to two to three times a week over the winter.

Removing water stains from leather

Should you neglect waterproofing and your leather footwear or clothing gets a soaking, don’t despair. First, let the leather dry naturally – don’t be tempted to place shoes and boots by the fire or radiator as excessive heat can cause the leather to crack. Place paper napkins or pieces of kitchen roll inside the shoes to absorb moisture.

Once the leather is fully dry, remove any marks using a leather cleaning spray or cream. Apply directly to the stain, leave for a few seconds and gently wipe away with a dry cloth. Stains that have penetrated the surface on Aniline leather, suede and nubuck are extremely hard to remove. Contact us with photos of the stained area for more assistance.

 

 

 

Long-term care

It’s important to remember that leather is a skin so, like our own skin it needs moisturizing to prevent it drying out. Applying a waxed leather cream regularly will help to bring back the moisture to your leather footwear, as well as keeping it clean and supple.

Finally, make sure you re-apply waterproofing spray so you don’t get caught out next time it rains.

 

At Colourlock, we stock a range of products for protecting and caring for leather, including:

COLOURLOCK Waterproofing Spray for Nubuck, Suede and Textiles

COLOURLOCK Aniline Cream or Gloss Cream – waterproofing and care for all dull and gloss aniline leathers

COLOURLOCK Elephant Leather Preserver – offers water-resistant and care properties

COLOURLOCK Leather Care & Waterproofing Oil – ideal for small accessories

COLOURLOCK Aniline Water Stain Remover – for removing water stains from aniline leather

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Volvo Atacama Leather interior

Tuesday, 13 February 2018 12:47:02 Europe/London

Caring for Volvo Atacama leather interiors

Atacama leather is unique to Volvo car interiors and is seen as essential to providing the feel good factor in the S60, V70, XC70, S80 and XC90 models.

It’s appropriately named after the Atacama Desert in Chile, as the colour takes after the orange tan terrain. Customers in the US have likened the colour to peanut butter or a new baseball glove.

Atacama Volvo interior

But, it’s not just about colour. Volvo wanted a product that would look and feel luxurious, while providing comfort and support to drivers and passengers. Atacama leather is full-grain aniline leather with a protective water-based coating. The hides are specially selected from the best beef cattle. So strict are the standards that the manufacturer will reject eight out of ten hides.

Organic tanning, free of metal compounds, along with pure soft water and natural dyes and oils, are used to produce leather that shows off the natural characteristics of the hide. Also no two car interiors will be identical, another hallmark of quality.

However, in common with other leather car interiors, Atacama is subject to wear and tear and fading. At some point it may need a colour re-fresh but how easy is it to replicate, given the strict production and quality standards?

The good news is that, at Colourlock, we can mix the right colour for our Leather Fresh dye. It is ideal for repairing light scuffs, scratches and fading car seats and side bolsters. Easy to apply, it will soon have leather looking as good as new.

Recommended products

We have a range of products to help you stay in the driving seat with Atacama leather care:

COLOURLOCK Leather Cleaning Spirit

COLOURLOCK Leather Protector

COLOURLOCK Elephant Leather Preserver

COLOURLOCK Leather Fresh Dye



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