Characteristics: The leather structures and blemishes are not seen. The leather has a thick surface protection in the form of solid-color and finishing agent. Hair follicles is seen or sensed with a magnifying glass, but has a distinct filling (they do not have to be completely filled). Good water resistance. Can be relatively soft, but not to the same extent as aniline. Most qualities have good light fastness, but the light fastness also depends on the individual color.
In the manufacturing finished leather is usually first aniline dyed. Major blemishes and small holes are repaired and the surface of the leather is stained (or painted) with finish coating. This finish coating is not transparent and hence we can neither see structures or blemishes through it.
Then it is treated with a finishing agent (some of which are comparable with clear lacquer) which protects the finish coating against wear, dirt and stains.
Finish coating and finishes will partially fill the hair follicles and provides greater resistance to evaporation of sweat. In return, the surface is more resistant to liquids, dirt and stains than, for example. aniline and semi-aniline
This type of leather was previously the one most used – the one that our parents had. It is the most robust, the easiest to maintain, to clean and that will stay looking nice for the longest time.
Note: on qualities with thin coats contours may sometimes be slightly visible, but the leather can also be marked with a die, which gives it a predetermined pattern.
When you see leather that looks like finished leather, it may also be a split leather. It appears when the leather is split, ie. cut into thin slices.
From each animal one get 2 or 3 hides.
The outer is called grain leather and is the only one capable of producing aniline and semi-aniline leather.
On the outside of the 2 lower hides one can for example apply a layer of finish coating, and on these one can make an imprint of a selected pattern. One can also make the surface perfectly smooth and glossy, giving a synthetic coating or one can sell it as split leather that looks like very rough suede . To split hides are quite common.
For finished leather EFFEKT Leatherbalm is used, which gives a rich nourishment and cleans the surface, or EFFEKTIV Care & Clean that cleans more in depth, and provides a meager nourishment for the leather.
With regular use of EFFEKTIV Care & Clean you can prevent damage from perspiration, cooking oil and the like.