Patent Leather - (Material Leather)

Patent Leather - (Material, Leather) Patent Leather has a smooth, high gloss, very shinny finish. It is called patent leather because there was once a patent on the process of making it. The original process was developed by Newark, New Jersey-based inventor Seth Boyden in 1818 with commercial manufacture beginning September 20, 1819. By 1860, Newark manufactured 90% of America’s patent leather. His process used a linseed oil-based lacquer coating. Modern patent leather usually has a plastic coating. Patent leather can be cleaned free of dirt with a damp cloth, using a mild soap if needed. However the best way to clean it is by rubbing it wit ha raw onion and drying it with a soft cloth, this seems to help restore the original shine. Minor scratches and scuffmarks in the coating itself can be removed using one of several special purpose patent leather cleaners on the market. With wear and tear, patent leather will eventually lose its glossy finish, but will still be smoother than most other types of leather, with a rubbery look. Patent leather is used in applications where a glossy appearance is important. Examples include fashion items such as wallets and handbags, dance and uniform shoes, boots, and trench coats. In recent years patent leather has become a popular material for limited edition sneakers made by companies such Nike, Greedy Genius, and Bape, possible collectibles of the future.

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