What Is Bycast Leather?
Bycast Leather From A Distance
Bycast Leather Should not actually be called leather.
Bycast Leather is actually a plastic-coated surface that has the grain embossed into it to create a look of leather.
The material is made in layers, with the very bottom layer being made up of a very poor quality split that’s ultra thin this then has other lays limited to the poor quality split. The finished result is a plastic coated surface, some may call this vinyl.
Bycast Leather is prone to de lamination, blistering and cracking almost like a crazy paving effect on the surface.
If you have a genuine leather item this will not crack, blister or de laminate as you are dealing with a solid material that’s all leather. What can happen with leather is the surface coating which is painted can wear off if the correct care is not taken.
When the film coating is greater than 0.15mm it must be declared as a coated leather and not genuine leather, some countries using the term genuine leather is forbidden.
Most countries regulate the leather trade and Bycast leather should not even have the term leather in it as its surface coating is greater than 0.15mm in thickness.
With a Bycast leather the surface will feel much colder and more rigid and in a lot of cases it’s shiny. If any leather is shiny in most cases it isn’t genuine leather.
With Bycast Leather being plastic coated it has major breathability issues, this can result in damage happening within a few years or even months of purchase. The surface coating sticks to the skin easily causing issues with sweat, it will penetrate the surface making a repair impossible.
Taking care of such materials like Bycast Leather should be done with a damp warm cloth, or a natural water based leather cleaner, gently cleaning the surface trying not to rub too hard as this can cause the embossed plastic imitation grain layer to de laminate from the substrate below.
Bycast leather Close Up Showing Cracking
Bycast Leather Very Close Up Cracking