Coated leather - Laminated leather
What is coated or laminated leather?
Patent leather is usually coated with films.
Coated leather also includes film-coated split leather.
Frequently, coated split leathers are offered in the lower price segment. They are more susceptible to damage, are not particularly soft and are not breathable compared to leather used in high quality furniture. Advances in technology have also led to the development of high quality coatings which make it virtually impossible to tell the difference - even for leather experts.
PU split leather with a strong coating.
Metallic leather is often coated to make the surface appear like polished metal. For this purpose, thin layers are applied that look like a polished metal surface.
Above: A crease has been folded during the coating process. Films on metallic leather are very thin.
Delamination of coated leather
Foil coated leathers have a higher risk of delamination compared to leathers without foil coatings. The delamination is the result of insufficient bonding of the coating with the fiber structure of the leather.
The detachment of the foil with the foil still intact.
Video about laminated split leather (PU split leather)
- What materials can be called leather?
- Pigmentation - Colouring of smooth leather
- PU leather
- Patent leather
- Typical split leather damages
- Colour separation of leather