[xj] Leather and Lacquer

Hi Gregory. Thanks for your reply.

I read your mail and I’m happy you were able to get the
‘right’ finish.

I’m thinking that maybe I took off too much of the original
finish rather than just breaking it. To be honest, what was left
was the cowhide.

Was I wrong in trying to achieve the original finish? (I think
so) When I look at brochures and such, of the then modern
Jags, the upholstery is alway silky smooth. (unused I
understand) Perhaps I’m expecting more than can be
realistically achieved.

And I will say, the colour match was exact. I cut a small
piece off the underside of the rear bench. Its funny, because
when I talked to Joanne (If I remember her named correctly)
she warned about sending her a soiled sample due to the
fact that the colorant she would send would match the
sample. We even discussed changing from Tan to
Burgundy or Maroon. We are still out on that one.

I just thought. Maybe these products are not meant to be
used in the way I tried to use them. Perhaps dying is the
proper method if you have to reintroduce the colouring
back into the hide, while the surface colorant systems are
meant to re-furbish or rejuvinate hides possessing a certain
level of color saturation still left in them.

I’m planning to redo the XJ, which has a Doeskin interior, but
cannot decide which process would produce a finish
closest to the original. I’d appreciate your comments and
hints, if you have the time.

Thanks.

Michael Parker
@Michael_E.T_Parker
Toronto, Ontario, Canada.===================================================
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You should be able to achieve a finish that’s very nice. Take a look at the
seats at: http://clubs.hemmings.com/seattlejagclub/recolor.html
and you’ll see that virtually all the original dye was removed during the
preparation process. At that point, a color change would not be difficult.

You can make it as smooth as you like, but personally, I like the look of a
car that’s seen a moderate amount of sympathetic usage.

Leatherique or Surflex both work well. I went with Leatherique primarily
because there’s a nearby source that sells it.
-Steve A.
'67 E Type Coupe
'76 XJ6C
'91 XJ40

Michael Parker wrote:>Hi Gregory. Thanks for your reply.

I read your mail and I’m happy you were able to get the
‘right’ finish.

I’m thinking that maybe I took off too much of the original
finish rather than just breaking it. To be honest, what was left
was the cowhide.

Was I wrong in trying to achieve the original finish? (I think
so) When I look at brochures and such, of the then modern
Jags, the upholstery is alway silky smooth. (unused I
understand) Perhaps I’m expecting more than can be
realistically achieved.

And I will say, the colour match was exact. I cut a small
piece off the underside of the rear bench. Its funny, because
when I talked to Joanne (If I remember her named correctly)
she warned about sending her a soiled sample due to the
fact that the colorant she would send would match the
sample. We even discussed changing from Tan to
Burgundy or Maroon. We are still out on that one.

I just thought. Maybe these products are not meant to be
used in the way I tried to use them. Perhaps dying is the
proper method if you have to reintroduce the colouring
back into the hide, while the surface colorant systems are
meant to re-furbish or rejuvinate hides possessing a certain
level of color saturation still left in them.

I’m planning to redo the XJ, which has a Doeskin interior, but
cannot decide which process would produce a finish
closest to the original. I’d appreciate your comments and
hints, if you have the time.

Thanks.

Michael Parker
metp@rogers.com
Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

===================================================
The archives and FAQ will answer many queries on the XJ series…
FAQs: http://www.jag-lovers.org/xjlovers/xjfaq/index.html
Archives: http://www.jag-lovers.org/lists/search.html

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