Hello to all, I have been tanning leather hides with alum recently and they have been coming out real soft, The only problem is I want suede and the grain side is real shiny when the tan is done, is there any way that I can remove the grain so that I have a suede hide instead if an upholstery looking piece, I also have some upholstery hide pieces that I would like to take the shinness of off. thanks so much to all for your help. Joe
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if im right,try sand paper
Joe is right - once dry, try sanding off the grain side using a Drum Sander (called a Buffer)! It should produce a nice suede to where the grain was.
Joe a regular pad sander will also work.
I like pumice stone the best. you can buy a brick of it for a couple dollars in a hardware store by the grill department. they use them to scrub grills. i usually cut the brick into 2 or 3 pieces. Good luck, Cindy
Thank you so much for your help, much appreciated. Joe