Metallic leather or Metallised leather is leather with a metallic look. Metallic effects are generally only found on smooth leather. Porsche car seats had metallic effects. Also, old American cars frequently used metallic leathers. Metallic effects are commonly used for fashion reasons in leather shoes, clothing and bags.
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Leather with a bright metal look
There are leathers that have a look of bare metal. Such optics are achieved by applying a foil with metallic optics to a smooth leather. For this purpose, thin layers are applied, which look like a polished metal surface. Such leathers are usually found in shoes, bags, etc.
Metallic sheet applied during the coating process. Metallic sheets on leather are very thin.
Cow leather with foil in metallic optic.
Leather with a metallic effect
Some leather only has a metal effect. On these leathers, there is a basic colour without metal effect, which is later covered with a top coat (clear lacquer) and a metallic effect. Such leathers only have a metallic shimmer and are usually found in the shoe, bag or clothing sector. But car leathers also occasionally have metallic effects.
Mercedes titan grey with a metallic effect. Right close-ups. Below, the effect is stronger. The applied amount of the metallic additive cannot be controlled precisely.
US vehicles often have metallic effects.
More photos of metallic leathers
Metallic leather shoes from 1859 and 2014.
Videos about the peculiarities of metallic effects on leather
The repair of metallic leather in the leather repair shop.