Reconditioning Existing Leather Finish On Courtroom Fly Doors

Procedure code:
0995002R
Source:
Federal Bldg/P.O., Spokane, Wa - Gsa/Pgs
Division:
Finishes
Section:
Wall Coverings
Last Modified:
07/03/2016

RECONDITIONING EXISTING LEATHER FINISH ON COURTROOM FLY DOORS

PART 1---GENERAL

1.01 SUMMARY

    A. This procedure includes guidance on repairing and restoring the existing leather door covering finish (typical on courtroom fly doors).

    B. See 01100-07-S for general project guidelines to be reviewed along with this procedure.  These guidelines cover the following sections:

         1. Safety Precautions

         2. Historic Structures Precautions

         3. Submittals

         4. Quality Assurance

         5. Delivery, Storage and Handling

         6. Project/Site Conditions

         7. Sequencing and Scheduling

         8. General Protection (Surface and Surrounding)

These guidelines should be reviewed prior to performing  this procedure and should be followed, when applicable along with recommendations from the Regional Historic Preservation Officer (RHPO).

    C. An imitation leather material called "Pantasote" is commonly used in the place of leather on Courtroom fly doors.  For general information on "Pantasote" see 09950- 01-S.

1.02 QUALITY ASSURANCE

    A. Qualifications:  Reserve this work for a leather cleaning and restoration specialist, saddle or luggage maker, leather upholstery restorer, or similarly qualified leather worker with not less than three years experience in the care and refinishing of fine leather work.

PART 2---PRODUCTS

2.01 MATERIALS

NOTE:  Use only products and procedures which are approved and recommended for the restoration and conservation of old leather materials, non-drying, which do not cause hardening, non-film forming, and non-staining or discoloring.

    A. Saddle soap or leather cleaner:  "Fiebings" liquid glycerine leather soap, or approved equal.

    B. Leather dye:  Oil base dye, to match existing color ofcleaned leather.

    C. Leather preserver and conditioner:  "Lexol", oil based, or approved equal.

    D. Adhesive:  PH neutral, "Yes" all purpose (Gane Bros. & Lane, Inc.), or approved equal.

    E. Ornamental tacks and fasteners:  To match existing, brass or other non-ferrous or non-rusting.


PART 3---EXECUTION

3.01 PREPARATION

    A. Removal of doors for work or work-in-place at contractor's option.

    B. Verify existing hardware, and have hardware replaced or reconditioned and refinished as required to restore original function and operation, before proceeding with leather reconditioning.  Be responsible for all damage to leather finishes from subsequent work on doors or other work.

    C. Use care to preserve all original and unique hardware for restoration and re-installation to match original condition.

3.02 ERECTION, INSTALLATION, APPLICATION

    A. Repair any loose edges, cuts, or tears by re-cementing leather finish to the wood door face; suitably clean and prepare the substrate to ensure a secure long-lasting bond to leather finish.

         1. Apply adhesive to both surfaces to be bonded, prime surfaces, all as recommended by manufacturer, and apply weight or clamp as required until bond is complete.

    B. Remove all loose or damaged hardware and ornamental tacks or studs for replacement or re-installation after leather is cleaned and reconditioned.

    C. Clean leather with approved soap and clean water, applied and supplemented with clean sponges and soft bristled brushes, to remove surface dirt and residue of old cleaners, oil staining, and other water soluble coatings.

         1.  Supplementary cleaning, spot cleaning, may be required to remove oil and wax based stains or
foreign materials, using care to prevent damage to existing leather and over-cleaning with harsh  chemicals harmful to leather.  Verify non-removable stains with Contracting Officer and leave as-is unless greater removal effort is required.

         2. Use gentlest cleaning methods and products practicable to avoid damage to leather.

    D. Touch-up any scuffs, cuts, abrasions, and seams with leather dye to make them unobtrusive from normal viewing distance.

    E. Apply leather preserver and re-conditioner in accordance with manufacturer's recommendations, followed by hand buffing and polishing with soft cloths or brushing.

    F. Reinstall hardware, fastenings, and ornamental studs and make secure from loss and removal, using supplementary adhesives as required.

3.03 PROTECTION

    A. Provide adequate protection to save doors and leather finish from damage until completion and acceptance of the work.

END OF SECTION

Last Reviewed 2016-07-03