How to colour artificial leather and plastic - For professionals

  • Vinyl and plastic parts should only be coloured with experience in colouring with spray guns and an equipped workshop (airbrush, extraction system, breathing protection etc.).
  • Changing the colour of leather surfaces is more work than refreshing the original colour. You need far more paint and time and a helping hand to colour in all folds.

 

CLEANING

  • De-assemble upholstery and covers as much as possible.
  • Remove any dust from the leather with a vacuum cleaner or with compressed air. Compressed air is better for the cleaning of folds and piping edges. Remove any remaining dust with a soft brush.
  • Clean visibly soiled surfaces with COLOURLOCK Mild Leather Cleaner. Remove dirt in the grain with the COLOURLOCK Leather Cleaning Brush.
  • Rub all surfaces with COLOURLOCK GLD Solvent. The surface will turn dull and sticky, which is important for the colour adhesion.
  • Smooth hard plastic, which doesn`t get sticky when cleaned with GLD-Solvent, have to be primed with Plastic Primer. This will generate the required adhesion. Only spray on a thin layer and start colouring before the stickiness is gone.

 

REPAIRS

  1. Carefully smooth rough or cracking surfaces with the Leather Sanding Pad. Wipe off the dust using a moistened cloth.
  2. Stick together the edges of rips with COLOURLOCK Leather Glue. Fill cracks and rips with COLOURLOCK Leather Filler. Let the filler dry and repeat the procedure where necessary. Important: Extremely old, brittle and weak parts should be replaced entirely.

 

COLOURING

  1. Filter the COLOURLOCK Leather Colour before filling it into the spraying pistol and mix with 3% to 5% of COLOURLOCK Crosslinker IC2 and stir well! Use 3% Crosslinker on soft vinyl and 5% on hard plastics. Apply the colour at low pressure (approx. 2 bar/15-32 psi) evenly and not too thickly. Always apply several layers and dry with a heat gun before applying the next layer until the surface is evenly coloured. Apply the colour only as thinly as necessary: Thick layers of colour affect stability and grip of the colouration. Pull apart folds and piping edges and treat those first. Always wear breathing protection during spraying. Work only in a well-ventilated space.
  2. Mix filtered COLOURLOCK Top Coat with 3 % of COLOURLOCK Crosslinker IC2. Stir well! Spray the mixture thinly over the dried colour and dry with a heat gun. Repeat if necessary. Mix only as much Top Coat with Crosslinker as you need in the following two hours. The Crosslinker is reactive and should not get in contact with water. Keep away from skin and eyes!
  3. Primer, Leather Colour and Top Coat can be dried with a heat gun and the steps should be performed successively to ensure that the fresh layers connect well.
  4. Smooth down rough areas with COLOURLOCK Polishing Pad 4000. Then, if necessary, again apply colour or only Top Coat.
  5. After 24 hours, rub a wet cloth on the colour to be sure that the surface has sufficiently been treated with Top Coat. In case of discolouration, the surface has to be treated with Top Coat again.
  6. Care the coloured surface with COLOURLOCK Leather Shield in order to protect it against wear and scratches.

Required quantities for a complete furniture

  • COLOURLOCK Mild Leather Cleaner - foam spender bottle 200 ml
  • COLOURLOCK Leather Cleaning Brush 1 unit
  • COLOURLOCK Solvent Cleaner 1 litre
  • COLOURLOCK Leather Sanding Pad 1 unit
  • COLOURLOCK Leather Filler 7 ml tube
  • COLOURLOCK Polishing Pad 4000 1 unit
  • Plastic Primer Aerosol 400 ml please ask for details
  • COLOURLOCK Leather Colour 2 litres (price / litre!)
  • Extra charge for colour matching according to sample
  • COLOURLOCK Colour Filter 3 pieces (price per filter!) please ask for details
  • COLOURLOCK Top Coat Car & Furniture 1 litre
  • COLOURLOCK Crosslinker IC2 50 ml
  • COLOURLOCK Leather Shield 150 ml

The quantities above are sufficient for a complete set of equipment. Minimum quantity for matched colours is 1 litre. Most other products are also available in 250 ml bottles. We will be happy to adjust the quantities to suit your individual requirements.
Leather Cleaning Brush normal
The Leather Cleaning Brush is ideal for:  Using with the Mild or Strong Leather Cleaner to remove ingrained dirt Using with the COLOURLOCK Cleaner for Artificial Leather to remove ingrained dirt from vinyl or plastics Brushing up nubuck and suede Wet pre-cleaning of greasy areas before washing with LEDER FEIN Leather and Fur Wash Concentrate Polishing shoes and boots with COLOURLOCK Elephant Leather Preserver Amount: 1 piece. One brush is usually sufficient for cleaning a car interior or a set of furniture multiple times.Application areas: Car Leather, Furniture Leather, Shoes, Bags & Accessories, Leather ClothingFor: Artificial leather, Pigmented leather, PU leather, Semi-aniline leather, Suede and nubuck leatherWith its durable bristles and high-quality wooden handle, the Colourlock Leather Cleaning Brush is great for removing dirt and stains effectively and gently from leather car seats, sofas, chairs, clothing and handbags. It can also be used to clean Alcantara and other Textile materials as long as it is used gently.
Brush Size

£4.50*
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Leather Sanding Pad
The Leather Sanding Pad is ideal for:  Smoothing rough areas before applying COLOURLOCK Leather Fresh or COLOURLOCK Liquid Leather. Cleaning greasy areas on nubuck and suede. Careful sanding during professional colouring in the workshop. Amount: 1 piece. One pad is sufficient for a complete set of furniture or car interior.; Pack of 5 Application Rub the leather gently with the pad in a circular motion. Avoid gouging and deep scratches. Both faces of the pad can be used. It can be washed out with water.  Before colouring nappa leather, the surfaces should be sanded carefully. Our Leather Sanding Pad is ideal for this step.

£3.50*
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Top Coat
COLOURLOCK Top Coat is a clear transparent product which seals the colour coat. It gives the leather's surface a protective seal against water and dirt, making it insensitive against general wear and tear. The Top Coat is available in a "Matt", "Gloss", "High Gloss" and "Vehicle, Furniture, Vinyl" versions. All versions can be mixed with each other. Professionals usually use the "Matt" and "Gloss" version and mix the two to get the desired level of gloss. Companies that don't work with these products on a regular basis tend to stock the 'ready-to-use' satin Top Coat "Vehicle, Furniture and Vinyl". The Top Coat "High Gloss" is for surfaces where the "Top Coat Gloss" does not provide satisfactory results. The Top Coat always has to be applied with Crosslinker IC2. The Crosslinker provides the necessary stability for the Top Coat. Only on very soft Aniline, where the grip of the leather should be preserved as well as possible, very little Top Coat without Crosslinker may be applied. Important: This product will need to be sprayed using a spray gun. It is suitable only for professionals who repair leather on a regular basis and have experience in spray work.Please consult us before buying this product if you have any doubts or questions.
Top Coat
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Content: 250 ml (£7.20* / 100 ml)

£18.00*
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Polishing Pad
Very fine sanding surface for retouching and finishing repairs Comes as a sponge pad to soften the pressure when sanding Soft padding allows it to sand different shapes Can be washed and reused Made in Germany Application areas: Car Leather, Furniture Leather, Shoes, Bags & Accessories, Leather ClothingThe COLOURLOCK Sanding Pad 4000 is used to sand newly applied dyes and top coats. Its extremely fine grain helps achieve a perfect smooth surface after the spraying process denibbing any imperfections trapped on the paint layer. The pad can be washed with water for reuse.

Variants from £6.00*
£60.00*
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Leather Colour
COLOURLOCK Leather Colour is the best choice for recolouring or changing the colour of pigmented Napa leather, vinyl and plastic. Leather Colour is applied with a spray gun or an airbrush. The leather colour has a high covering power but still maintains the features of the leather. It can also be used for converting nubuck to napa and aniline leather to pigmented leather. The Leather Colour is a water based formula that gives extremely high adhesion values if used correctly. It is fully approved for use by leading manufacturers in the automotive , furniture and the aircraft industry. The COLOURLOCK repair method requires that you use Primer, Top Coat and Crosslinker for best and long lasting results. Available in 22 primary colours. Additionally, we offer a pallet of five luminous colours that can be mixed with the 22 primary colours.Note - This product will need to be sprayed using a spray gun. It is suitable only for professionals who repair leather on a regular basis and have experience in spray work.
Colour
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Content: 250 ml (£10.20* / 100 ml)

£25.50*
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Solvent Cleaner
COLOURLOCK Solvent Cleaner is a strong degreaser ideal for cleaning pigmented nappa leathers before colouring them. It removes all traces of products previously applied on the surface. It dissolves a tiny amount of colour when applied which will be visible on the cloth used to clean. It will also dissolve any existing top coat, and clean difficult stains. This solvent cleaner will ensure the subsequent colour coat has excellent adhesion properties.Important: This product is a highly flammable liquid. May cause drowsiness and dizziness. Use with care and follow all safety instructions.
Available Sizes

Content: 225 ml (£5.11* / 100 ml)

£11.50*
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Leather Cleaner with sponge
Ideal for cleaning leather car and furniture upholstery, bags, suitcases or garments.The Leather Cleaner is provided in a foam dispenser bottle. Foams clean the leather more efficiently than liquid agents, the consumption is considerably smaller, and the leather does not become wet, which could otherwise become hard after drying.Firstly, clean the leather thoroughly before refreshing the colour or applying care products. Use COLOURLOCK Mild Leather Cleaner against normal soiling. Cleaning before treatment prevents the dirt sticking to the leather's surface. Our COLOURLOCK Leather Cleaning Brush effectively removes ingrained dirt (use circular motions and work from seam to seam). After cleaning, it is always best to apply a care product to protect it against general wear and future staining.Amount: 200 ml Mild Leather Cleaner. This is usually sufficient for the cleaning of a whole car interior or set of furniture.Amount: 1 litreApplication areas: Car Leather, Furniture Leather, Shoes, Bags & Accessories, Leather ClothingFor: Pigmented leather, PU leather, Pull Up leather, Semi-aniline leather ApplicationAlways test any products first on a hidden area in case they affect the colour.Dispense some foam on a sponge or brush. Do not apply to the leather directly! Clean the leather from seam to seam using the foam; repeat several times, if necessary. Remove dirty foam residue with a slightly moistened piece of cloth, then allow to dry.On older leathers, stains might sink into the surface, or perceived dirt might actually be colour damage. Such stains cannot always be removed by cleaning, in which case, use COLOURLOCK Leather Fresh for refreshing the colour, or ask us for advice.These products are also suitable for "Cool Leather/SRT (SunReflective Technology) Leather"! IngredientsMild Leather Cleaner Ingredients according to "INCI" (International Nomenclature Cosmetic Ingredients): AQUA, SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE Ingredients of the odorants and preserving agents according to "INCI" METHYLISOTHIAZOLINONE, IODOPROPYNYL BUTYLCARBAMATE (The INCI information assists persons who are allergic to certain compounds, which are harmless to most other persons, in identifying these.) Ingredients explained in a more understandable way: The Mild Leather Cleaner is a gentle cleaner adjusted to the pH value of leather.
Cleaner mild or strong
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£21.00*
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Filler
COLOURLOCK Leather Filler is perfect for repairing scuffs, cracked leather, tears, rips and holes on leather car seats, furniture, sofas, settees, handbags, leather jackets, etc. The surface of COLOURLOCK Fluid Leather is smooth and matt once dry. To hide the repair, a colouration with COLOURLOCK Leather Fresh dye in the respective colour is necessary. Lightly dab the COLOURLOCK Leather Fresh several times with a sponge on the repair and dry with a hair dryer in between the layers until the desired covering is achieved. Smooth rough areas and scratches with the COLOURLOCK Leather Sanding Pad before starting any repairs with COLOURLOCK Leather Filler.The Leather Filler has a removable cap. Remove the cap and fill the damaged areas. Evenly spread the filler with a Spatula. Let the repair dry according to the amount used - max 1-2 hours. Repeat the procedure until the repaired area is as full and smooth as possible. Use COLOURLOCK GLD Pen to make the surface smooth. Finally, repairs with COLOURLOCK Leather Filler must be recoloured with COLOURLOCK Leather Fresh to balance differences in colour and gloss. In order to cover the COLOURLOCK Leather Filler sufficiently, the COLOURLOCK Leather Fresh should be dabbed onto the area several times and dried in between the layers with a hair dryer. For purposes of care, the leather should be treated with COLOURLOCK Leather Protector a day later.Please Note: COLOURLOCK Leather Filler is only recommended for damage where a filling is necessary. Scratches and general wear and tear on the colour surface do not require a treatment with COLOURLOCK Fluid Leather. In such cases, we recommend to smooth the surface with the COLOURLOCK Leather Sanding Pad and to refresh the colour with COLOURLOCK Leather Fresh dye.
Colour

Content: 7 ml (£292.86* / 100 ml)

£20.50*
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Leather Shield
Application area: New smooth leather, pigmented or surface-coloured leather in cars, furniture, jackets and handbags. Do not use on porous leathers, suede, or nubuck. Application Always test any products first on a hidden area in case they affect the colour.Moisten a terry cloth slightly with COLOURLOCK Leather Shield, lightly wipe the moistend cloth over the leather and let dry. Do not buff or polish immediately after application. One application is sufficient. Repeat every three months on strained surfaces or heavily used areas. Prior to application, clean off any dirt with COLOURLOCK Mild or Strong Leather Cleaner.These products are also suitable for "Cool Leather/SRT (SunReflective Technology) Leather"!
Available Sizes

Content: 150 ml (£11.67* / 100 ml)

£17.50*
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Crosslinker IC2
COLOURLOCK Crosslinker IC2 improves the friction values, sensitivity and protective qualities of Top Coat. It makes the surface more robust, and reduces the overall consumption Top Coat. With soft surfaces 1-2% COLOURLOCK Crosslinker IC2 must be added to COLOURLOCK Top Coat. 1% with soft furniture and garment leather, 2% with robust car and furniture leather. When colour changing in cars or furniture, we recommend adding an additional 2% Crosslinker IC2 to the COLOURLOCK Leather Colour. On hard surfaces (dash boards, steering wheels, etc.) it is recommended to add 5% to the Leather Colour and 3% to the Top Coat. This is important for hard plastic surfaces to make them scratch resistant. On soft vinyl upholstery, we recommend adding 3% Crosslinker IC2 in the Leather Colour and also 3% in the Top Coat. Important: The mixture of Top Coat and Crosslinker has to be stirred well before every use. If the mixture is not stirred before use it may dissolve the colour over time if exposed to water. Crosslinker IC2 is extremely reactive with water. All contact with water and humidity should be avoided. Always close the lid after use. The Crosslinker becomes viscous and then hard when in contact with water. Mix only as much Top Coat with Crosslinker as you need for the subsequent treatment. Otherwise the Crosslinker will lose its effect. Please follow the safety instructions. This product is flammable. This product will need to be sprayed using a spray gun. It is suitable only for professionals who repair leather on a regular basis and have experience in spray work.
Available Sizes

Content: 50 ml (£48.00* / 100 ml)

£24.00*
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