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Old 11-27-2012, 10:07 AM
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Originally Posted by Orient330iNYC View Post
i believe dakota is corrected grain leather...
http://www.banux.de/leder/automobill...mw-dakota.html

lets be clear, its not just to increase its durability:
Full-grain leather refers to hides that have not been sanded, buffed, or snuffed (as opposed to top-grain or corrected leather) to remove imperfections (or natural marks) on the surface of the hide. The grain remains allowing the fiber strength and durability. The grain also has breathability, resulting in less moisture from prolonged contact. Rather than wearing out, it will develop a patina over time. High quality leather furniture and footwear are often made from full-grain leather. Full-grain leathers are typically available in two finish types: aniline and semi-aniline.
Top-grain leather (the most common type used in high-end leather products) is the second-highest quality. It has had the "split" layer separated away, making it thinner and more pliable than full-grain. Its surface has been sanded and a finish coat added to the surface which results in a colder, plastic feel with less breathability, and it will not develop a natural patina. It is typically less expensive and has greater resistance to stains than full-grain leather, so long as the finish remains unbroken.
Corrected-grain leather is any leather that has had an artificial grain applied to its surface. The hides used to create corrected leather do not meet the standards for use in creating vegetable-tanned or aniline leather. The imperfections are corrected or sanded off, and an artificial grain impressed into the surface and dressed with stain or dyes. Most corrected-grain leather is used to make pigmented leather as the solid pigment helps hide the corrections or imperfections. Corrected grain leathers can mainly be bought as two finish types: semi-aniline and pigmented.
the leather in my S60R was top-grain, there was even a full grain option that was murder to maintain. the leather in a lexus is top grain. i can say with almost 100% certainty that dakota leather is corrected grain. you can feel and see the difference.
Agreed. But, also to be clear, corrected grain leather falls into the category of top grain leather. Some information sources do not differentiate the two. "Corrected" refers to the leather having a grain pattern embossed onto it. It still falls into the category just below the highest "full grain" category.
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