What is Flaking Leather?
Leather Jacket Front Flaking
This happens because they are not genuine leathers and have a surface coating that’s normally like a plastic embossed finish to represent grain in leather.
Flaking leather can be a daunting thing to happen to your expensive leather items, this happens when people are sold items that they believe to be genuine leather and they are in fact fake leather.
Leather Cushion Top Area Damaged
Not all fake leather flakes like in some of these pictures. Peeling of the surface coating is more common on bi cast leather.
Some cars have flaking interiors and so do some furniture in some of these cases it’s caused by the use of crosslinkers being added to colours and clear top coats to make them harder wearing, it’s very common on lighter coloured leathers, they add in crosslinkers to make them harder wearing to help stop stains happening but it brings its own problems with it as the leather coating can become brittle, crack and flake off.
Flaking leather does not happen to just leather chairs or furniture more and more leather jackets are coming out that people believe are full leather and are in fact fake leathers. Boss do a lot of leather jackets that are a polyester material with a plastic coating that’s embossed with a grain that represents lamb leather or goat skin.
Leather Jacket Back Surface Coming Off
Flaking leather on fake materials is impossible to repair like a pigmented leather can be repaired.
Repairing this type of damaged leather is never as successful as other types of natural leather as once it has started to flake it means the embossed grain pattern has been removed as well, replicating the grain pattern is impossible on such large areas, all you can do in these instances is to sand the areas down, apply a fibre binder and fillers and colour, it’s going to be better than before but you will be left with a noticeable repair.
Signs of leather breaking down are shown in the below pictures.
Flaking Chair Base
Leather Cushion Breaking Down
Flaking Leather Cushion Fronts