"Today's preparation determines tomorrow's achievement."
Preparation is the key to a successful result in the leather refinishing industry. I take this very seriously, and much of my time involved in any refinishing job is in the preparation.
For example, take the antique style office chair pictured below. Much more time than usual was required to prepare it for refinishing. The main areas of concern were the leather surfaces. The arms and seat back had deteriorated through neglect and some damage had been done to the seat cushion where a strip of adhesive tape had completely removed the finish.
I was equally concerned with protecting the non-leather components. The wooden framing needed protection from the leather refinishing process, and the metal pins required meticulous masking. All of this took considerable time, and there are no shortcuts to doing a good job.
All-in-all, I would say that the time spent on this job was 80% preparation, but the end result was worth it. The chair looks absolutely fantastic.