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Bi-cast products have the visual aesthetics of expensive, natural top-grain leather, but at substantially less cost, so it appears very attractive to the unsuspecting consumer. With natural leather, the strength and durability comes from the epidermis (outer layer) of the hide. Because bi-cast is a polyurethane-coated split (inner layer), this “leather wanna-be” does not have the strength or durability people normally associate with leather. Consequently, bi-cast products do not have the life expectancy of natural leather. Its structural integrity can be shockingly short-lived. We have seen occasions where the polyurethane coating peels, or the substrate material splits and tears in as little as 6-8 months. Much like particle board, when the bi-cast products' inherent weakness surfaces, it is time to replace the furniture as repair or restoration are not viable options with this material. 


Here’s the truth. Bi-cast is to natural leather what particle board is to hardwood. The public is being duped. Bi-cast has slowed down lately after tremendous damage to the leather upholstery industry for last 5-6 years.

  

                                                                                                                              -Updated Feb 6, 2013

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8. Faux leather image

  • Feb 06, 2013

‘Faux’ means ‘fake’ in French. Faux leather is a fabric that looks like leather, but is actually made out of other materials. It does not contain any, not even 0.0001% of leather at all and still...

7. Bi-cast leather

  • Feb 06, 2013

Bi-cast products have the visual aesthetics of expensive, natural top-grain leather, but at substantially less cost, so it appears very attractive to the unsuspecting consumer. With natural leather, the stre...

6. Bonded leather image

  • Feb 06, 2013

Bonded leather started showing up at furniture retailers in 2007. Bonded leather is a plastic material (generally polyurethane or vinyl), backed with fabric and then a layer of latex mixed with a smal...

5. Synthetic Leather

  • Feb 06, 2013

From early in the 20th century there has been a consistent attempt to produce a leather ‘substitute’. The main motivation is cost cutting. To cut costs and present the consumer a leather product at...

4. Aniline dyed leather vs Pigmented leather

  • Jan 25, 2013

All the leathers(Full Grain and Corrected Grain) are first dyed via immersion in an aniline dye solution. Through this process aniline dye particles penetrate into the leather, accentuating the ...

3. Full Grain Leather vs Corrected Grain Leather

  • Jan 23, 2013

* Full Grain Leather Every Top Grain Leather has some kinds of markings such as scars, insect bites, wrinkles, veining which are natural characteristics of genuine leather. If there are few blemishes in...

2. Top Grain Leather vs Split Leather

  • Jan 23, 2013

All leather hides have to be split because a hide is too thick to upholster or use in any type of manufacturing. The hide goes into a machine where a blade 'splits' the hide into two layers. The...

1. Definition of Leather

  • Jan 16, 2013

Leather is a material created through the tanning of hides(skins of large animals). Although we can process the skins and hides of the horse, pig, kangaroo, sheep, goat, deer, reptile, seal and even th...

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