The Different Types of Finishes for Your Leather Products

The Different Types of Finishes for Your Leather Products

June 23, 2021

Anyone unfamiliar with the world of leather products may assume that all leather is essentially the same and that the only differences lie in the animal the leather came from. While different animals do produce different kinds of leather, there is also a variety of finishes a shopper should consider.

From a matte leather finish to embossed leather, this post will cover the different finishes you have to choose from:

  • Aniline finish: An aniline finish involves using water-soluble aniline dyes to create an effect similar to staining. Because the grain remains exposed, aniline finishing can only be used on the highest-quality, full-grain leather products. Aniline finishing is great for clothing, shoes and small accessories.
  • Semi-aniline finish: Similar to aniline finishing, semi-aniline finishes leave the grain exposed and are reserved for full-grain leather. However, they provide a thin layer of coating that protects against sunlight and water damage. Semi-aniline finishes are often found on larger handbags and upholstery.
  • Pigmented, full-grain leather: Unlike the leather finishes mentioned above, this one does not leave any visible pores and hides natural color variations. Because this finish doesn’t require much maintenance and is durable, it’s ideal for “everyday” leather items that may see some wear and tear.
  • Suede: Another highly durable finish that’s great for shoes, jackets and gloves is suede. To achieve a suede finish, a manufacturer must raise the fibers in the leather by buffing the inner layer of the hide. Suede shoes can also be dyed, notably in shades of blue.
  • Nubuck: The process of making this finish is similar to suede, but it is made of more expensive and higher-quality leather. As a result, nubuck is softer and more durable than suede.
  • Pull-up leather: For a distressed and rugged look, manufacturers add extra oil while making the leather product. This type of leather is prone to color changes over time, but that only adds to its unique and distressed look.
  • Embossed leather: The process of embossing leather involves pressing it against a hot, patterned metal plate. The pattern often replicates skins like crocodile, lizard or snake. These leather finishes can be an affordable substitute for expensive skins, and they require less maintenance.
  • Dry milled leather: This finish is achieved by loading the leather into milling drums and rotating it. The process makes the leather much softer and gives it a pebbling effect. Dry milled leather is commonly used for clothes and upholstery.
  • Patent leather: A high-gloss finish is achieved by applying linseed oil directly to the leather. The shiny surface of patent leather provides a high-end look without the expensive price tag. Today’s patent products have a liquid resin coating on the surface for added protection.

Be sure to buy your leather goods from Acadian Leather

Whether you’re searching for a product in a matte leather finish, aniline, nubuck, suede or something else, we have it at Acadian Leather. Pay a visit to our shop today to check out our wide assortment of leather accessories, shoes, boots, purses and more. We look forward to meeting you!

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