Oakside Saddlery Store Services
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Leather Restorations

Don't replace your leather have it professional restored at Oakside Saddlery.
Vintage bags and cases can all be restored back to an as new and useable condition. Replacement parts can be made that are in keeping with the original item.

Upcycle

Your old leather goods can be modified and updated for modern day use

Restore

Damaged and worn leather goods can be restored, repaired, and recoloured

Vintage

Vintage handbags and other leather goods can be restored to a usable and as new condition.

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Leather Restoration

Below are a couple of before and after photos of a vintage leather sword case. The stitching had come apart, the leather was hard, cracked and crazed. To solve this the leather was cleaned, conditioned, softened, repaired and re-coated to make this sword case as good as new.
cracked and damaged leather before restorationLeather after restoration
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Leather Restoration Process

Below is a simplified description of the processes that your leather may go through to be restored and revived to be as good as new.
An old leather cartridge bag with a badly damaged flap and extremely dry leather

Initial inspection

The first thing that needs doing is for me to assess the actual work that that needs completing. Not all restoration is the same. Your leather item may need to be restored to an 'as new'  condition or they may need to be updated to a usable condition. This will make a difference to what needs replacing and what can be reconditioned.

There are obviously limitations as to what can be economically restored and just how much of the original item will actually be left after restoration. 

As can be seen on this old cartridge bag the flap is damaged and would need either entirely replacing or a replacement hinge would need to be stitched in to place keeping the buckle strap.

An old leather cartridge bag with a badly damaged flap and extremely dry leather

Damage assessment - cracks and scuffs

As can be seen in this photo the leather is not only dry and hard, but there are also a lot of cracks and scuffed leather. There is also some unwanted text that has been written on the back of the leather case.

These are all repairable. The leather can be softened and conditioned and the ink can be removed and cleaned.

An old leather cartridge bag with a badly damaged flap and extremely dry leather

Damage assessment - crazing

Crazing on leather is when there are multiple cracks all close together. These need to be stabilised and sanded before the surface can be repaired.

Once the surface is stabilised a flexible filler can be smoothed over bonding the leather surface together.

An old leather cartridge bag with a badly damaged flap and extremely dry leather

Leather Repair - filling

I use a flexible filler to repair small cracks and crazing. This is the same filler that I would use on furniture and car seat repairs. Flexible fillers do as their name suggests, fill the cracks in the leather. This then needs to be sanded down prior to re-colouring the leather.

An old leather cartridge bag with a badly damaged flap and extremely dry leather

Leather Repair - Ink removal

Ink can be removed from leather. There are a couple of options. The simplest is to use a specialist ink remover. The other way involves removing the ink, preparing the surface and recolouring the leather.

As can be seen in the picture there is no sign of the unwanted text anywhere to be seen.

An old leather cartridge bag with a badly damaged flap and extremely dry leather

Leather Repair - Replacement parts

The advantage that I have over many other leather refurbishers is that I can actually make replacement parts. In this case the handle had snapped off. I crafted a completely new handle that was in keeping with the original.

An old leather cartridge bag with a badly damaged flap and extremely dry leather

Leather Repair - Recolouring

I can completely recolour your leather. this can be a match to the original colour or a totally different colour. The choice is down to you.

I use a colouring system that is actually designed for car interiors and furniture. This is flexible and hard wearing. Perfect for all of your vintage leather items.

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Make an Enquiry

If you would like to know whether your leather items can be repaired and restored then simply make a free, no obligation, enquiry below.
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Send your leather goods to me

Ready to send your leather goods to me for restoration? Don't forget to include your return address and contact details. I will let you know when they arrive.

Simon Harrison

Oakside Saddlery

67 Windmill Rise

Minster-on-Sea

Kent

ME12 3QA