Vachetta 2.8 by Leather Doctor is a reduction-oxidation reaction specialty cleaner for lightening sun-darkening, and browning stains from water, oil & grease.
Vachetta-2.8 is a specialty redox leather cleaner, for unfinished veg-tan leathers popularly known as Vachetta.
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What is Vachetta?
Vachetta is vegetable-tanned also known as saddlery, bridle, equestrian, craft, or tooling leather, and can be found in bags, boots, wallets, and furniture.
Why did Vachetta become Browns?
Vachetta when new has a pale biscuit color and when exposed to sunlight or UV light, the natural vegetable tannins take up a suntan color just like our pale skin under sunlight.
Why did Vachetta develop Water Spotting?
Vachetta has a lower pH-neutral point than most other tanning types between 3 and 5, and any solution above a pH value of 7 will water spots the pH-sensitive Vachetta leather.
How to Prevent Vachetta's Existing Cracks from Accentuating?
Vachetta is fatliquor thirsty more than other leather tanning types, so when existing cracks are apparent the leather is already too dry of its fat and oil content to take another wet-to-dry conditioning, as empty shrinkage without sufficient fat and oil will further accentuate the existing cracks.
Vachetta softening reconditioning topping up is to prevent existing cracks from accentuating and magnifying when leather dries empty of its fat and oil.
Vachetta is not recommended to be dried without sufficient fat and oil content.
How to Remove Vachetta Dark Greasy Stains?
Vachetta when turns dark in color with usage and with evidence of cracks in most cases, especially to constant body contact areas like bag handles, will require a degreasing process using Degreaser 2.2 followed by Acidifier 2.0 as a rinse with a Leather Brush 1 and a Eraser 4 for better frictional removal of the greasy soiling.
When to Soften Recondition Vachetta?
Vachetta fatliquor reconditioning commences when leather is still damp from the Rinse 3.0 or Acidifier 2.0. Hydrator 3.3 is used to relax the leather and Fatliquor 5.0 to replenish the essential fat and oil.
When to Treat the Stains from Vachetta?
Vachetta stains that require a reduction-oxidation reaction treatment are performed when the leather is dry. The result will show when the leather is dehydrated after treatment.
How is Vachetta 2.8 Treatment Done?
Vachetta 2.8 may be sprayed and extracted with a wettable towel until the towel shows clean, only on fatliquor replenished or reconditioned leathers. Otherwise on new leathers that have a high percentage of fat and oil content. The treatment result is inspected when the leather is dehydrated. The residue is rinsed off with Rinse 3.0 to stop working in the presence of moisture.
Protector D is recommended to seal and conceal minor scuffs that also impart a non-stick, draggy feel that shields the leather from sticky soiling.