Please note that Jonathon Skinner is away from Friday 24th September, returning Monday 4th October. All enquiries/emails will be dealt with after this date. Thank you for your patience & understanding.

17th August 2021

Update – Retail Customers

Following on from our message in May – we thank you for your on-going patience whilst we worked through our backorders. You will be pleased to know that we have made significant progress –  and whilst we are still working through some backorders – we aim to be accepting all new retail orders again from the week commencing the 6th September 2021.

Going forward – to avoid disappointment with your restoration – we recommend that you place your order in plenty of time.

We encourage all new customers who are happy to wait to enquire using our website as follows:

Austin Healey & Triumph TR Customers – browse our extensive product library for details and pricing – selecting the products you are considering using our unique “Build a Quote” system. Once submitted, our experienced sales team can review our choices and get back in touch to discuss the finer details and send you material samples based on your choices.

Jaguar & MGA Customers – find lots of useful information and photos about the products we can offer for your restoration on the individual Model Pages for each marque/model. At the bottom of these model pages, you will find a Contact Form specific to your car – which you can fill in and submit with your restoration requirements – and one of our experienced sales team will formulate a Quote for you to get the ball rolling.

Note that all further information related to your enquiry will be processed and responded to after the 6th September 2021. 

In the meantime, Happy Browsing…

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What is Leather Skiving?

Leather skiving detail

We offer leather skiving as standard as part of our trim kits. But what does skiving really mean and what benefits does it bring to your classic car restoration?

Here, we take a closer look at why we offer this service on our leather trim kits.

Some areas of classic car restoration are well-known to be difficult to trim. Centre Consoles, Dash Facias and Door Tops fall into this category. Given their location within the car, there’s little room for error and no place to ‘hide’ unsightly tucks and lumps.

From our workshop, we wanted to do something that would help resolve this issue and enable our customers to achieve a smooth and precise trimmed finish in these areas. We knew that the problem largely came from working with leather that was too thick to trim round corners and curves, so we invested in a leather skiving machine.

What is a leather skiving machine?

A leather skiving machine works by ‘shaving’ off the back of the leather to reduce its overall thickness. Although the leather is thinner, it remains strong and maintains its original surface finish.

 

Leather skiving detail
This New Tan Grained Leather has been skived – the bottom layer shows the original thickness, whilst the top layer shows its finished thickness after skiving. The grained surface finish of the leather remains unchanged after the skiving process.

 

Most importantly, the thinner leather then becomes much more pliable and flexible to work with, enabling the trimmer to ease the leather round corners and curvature with a smooth finish.

What parts of a trim kit can be skived?

As standard, we generally skive Centre Consoles, Dash Areas and Door Tops. We know from experience that these areas benefit from skiving, and using a thinner leather for trimming these parts gives a better overall finish. We are confident that using skived leather in these areas does not compromise the quality, finish and endurance of the leather.

At your enquiry with us, we will discuss which areas of your trim kit will be suitable for leather skiving, as these can vary from model to model.

Jaguar MK2 Centre Console
Using skived leather has helped achieve an immaculate finish on this Jaguar MK2 Centre Console
Jaguar E-Type OTS Centre Console
The curvatures of this E-Type OTS Centre Console have been given a high quality finish with skived leather
Jaguar MK2 Ashtray
Skived leather enabled the trimmer to navigate round the intricate corners of this Jaguar MK2 Ashtray

It is worth noting that we would never skive leather for ‘high use’ areas such as Door Pulls or Gear Lever Gaitors as the natural thickness of leather is well suited to use in these parts.

Is there an additional charge for leather skiving?

No. We offer leather skiving as standard across all our trim kits. There is no additional charge for this service.

We are committed to serving our customers with the highest quality kits on the market, and by offering this service at no additional charge, we are ensuring that all our customers can enjoy and reap the benefits of working with skived leather.

In addition to our Leather Skiving Machine, we have a variety of other machinery on-site in our workshop that helps us craft our interior trim restoration kits. Read more about these in Our Technology.