"If you think it's expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur." — Red Adair
I was quite surprised to find, however, that not only was the bolster worn, but a previous owner had tried to "fix" the problem with a layer of paint over the top, which was coming away and revealing the damage beneath. In some areas, the original "fix" had actually caused more damage. Therefore, I had to remove the DIY layer, repair the damage underneath, and prepare the leather surface before mixing and applying our specialised leather pigments and sealers. The photos below show the results and, needless to say, the new owner was thrilled.