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Old 05-19-2010, 01:06 PM
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Getting wrinkles out of leather hides

I am working on a project for someone, and they ordered the leather.
Now, I have 5 leather hides that came in the smallest box I have ever seen! Probably 18 inches by 18 inches. This leather is completly full of wrinkles and all my conventional methods, steaming, etc., has not worked. Any suggestions?

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Old 05-19-2010, 01:48 PM
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I don't do interior work, but if it was me I'd call your customer and tell him the leather he ordered is unusable and let him deal with the supplier. The money he might have saved by supplying the leather will be eaten up by your having to try and fix it. JMO
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Hides should be shipped rolled on a large 6 or 7 foot long heavy plastic or cardboard tube or laid carefully into a much larger box. Good top grain or full grain leather should be soft and supple and any folds should just fall out of the hide when you open it up. DO NOT steam or put water on the back of leather, you can shrink it, damage it, ruin it completely. If the leather is stiff, it will wrinkle and the only way to get the wrinkles out is by pulling them out as you're working with the leather. This does not sound like it is upholstery grade leather.

First of all, I would never do a job that the customer supplied the hides for without knowing what kind of leather it is and what quality it is. I would have refused to use the hides if they looked like you say they did, but you may have to eat these hides if you steamed them.
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Here is what good leather should look like when it arrives.
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