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How to give a leather look

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  • Member since
    January, 2015
How to give a leather look
Posted by djprotege on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 9:51 AM

Hey everyone.  I would like to make the plastic seats in my first model 1988 Porsche 911 turbo, not look like plastic.  What are some good tips on that?


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    January, 2005
  • From: Cape Coral Florida
Posted by BigTallDad on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 3:21 PM

I did a search and found where this has been discussed before

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Posted by djprotege on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 10:19 AM

Thank you.  Thats my fault for not searching.

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    February, 2008
  • From: Seattle, WA
Posted by gbk1 on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 12:37 PM

I've had good luck using Testors Acryl acrylic paints to simulate distressed leather. Testors Acrylics are thicker and heavier than craft paints such as those found at crafts stores such as Michaels, Jo-An's and Hobby Lobby. I apply them, then let them set for a few minutes and brush them some more to introduced texture. As they dry they will crack in places and take on a generally worn texture. Then I highlight the texture by applying a contrasting wash, usually a dark one. For a smoother texture simply apply the paint in thinner coats and let it dry more thoroughly between coats, reserving your texturing strokes for the final coats. The same technique can be used using crafts acrylics but those paints are thinner and don't cover as well so the process takes much longer and is less dramatic when done. 

 Here are a couple of examples:




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Posted by SlowMoSlam on Thursday, January 15, 2015 10:11 PM
Aw man, don't apologize for asking a question. I like it when people ask questions, I'm hardly ever looking for something in particular, but I'm always looking to pick up on a new tip. So when someone asks a question, it gets discussed, or a link to a previous discussion is posted that I wouldn't have otherwise been looking for. Either way, your 'ol pal Slowmo learned something new.


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