Leather and vinyl have long been popular coverings in the automotive and furniture worlds. Sometimes, however, as a result of mishaps or simply use, a surface that was once both functional and beautiful requires professional attention.
In northwest Iowa, a new business is providing both commercial and residential clients with reconditioning services designed to address that need. Brett Bachman, of Fort Dodge, has acquired the Color Glo franchise for the northwest quarter of the Hawkeye State.
Color Glo International, based in Minneapolis, Minn., was founded in 1976. According to information provided by the company, it has developed an array of reconditioning products and processes that make it possible to repair, redye and or restore many types of surfaces with leather and vinyl being a major emphasis. The company also stresses that it takes environmental responsibility very seriously. Its corporate website says it is a "green" company committed to "the creation of color-based, eco-friendly, water-based, odorless and nontoxic products."
-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen
Brett Bachman, owner of Color Glo, begins the process of redyeing and repairing a leather seat on a customer’s vehicle.
-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen
Brett Bachman, owner of Color Glo, prepares to patch a hole in a vehicle seat.
Bachman, who in April became this region's Color Glo franchise owner and operator, said he is currently focusing his marketing efforts on communities within about 50 miles of Fort Dodge. He said he plans to expand into outlying parts of his service area in the months ahead.
Bachman said he is finding a good response to Color Glo's offerings from a diverse mix of clients.
"Our main service is to car dealers, such as cracks or punctures in the leather or vinyl seats, as well as holes and cigarette burns in cloth seats, but we also want any car owner to know that we are only a phone call away if there is damage to their car interior," Bachman said.
He is quick to add that automobile interiors are just part of the agenda at Color Glo.
"We also service restaurants, offices, farm implement dealers, such as tractor seats, skid loader seats and even lawn mower seats," Bachman said. "We want to emphasize that anything to do with leather or vinyl such as in boats or on motorcycles or four-wheelers are also repairs we can do."
The residential side of the business is also important.
"Many clients may really like the furniture they have, but because of some updating or different taste in the home interior, they may want to have the furniture redyed a different color as an option instead of purchasing new furniture," Bachman said.
The reconditioning and repair services Bachman's business provides are often rendered at the client's site, but he said he has a workshop on the east side of Fort Dodge where some projects are handled.
"We will do small repairs in the home, but if it is a larger job requirement, then I would prefer to have the furniture brought to my shop to have it restored," Bachman said. "This way I am not holding up your home for hours or even overnight in some cases because of the prep work involved."
Whatever type of repair or reconditioning may be needed, Bachman said the options Color Glo markets can be attractive from a cost perspective. He said many problems can be addressed easily - and relatively inexpensively - if the client doesn't wait too long to consult a professional.
"We all know that the damage will only get larger and larger as time goes by," Bachman said. "We are not re-upholsterers, but we can repair most small issues before they become severe. It is important that people know it is a repair and in many cases we can restore the damage to look as good as new for a fraction of the cost of replacing a seat or seat cover."
If the situation requires something more than a routine solution, Color Glo's nearly four decades in this business give Bachman an additional advantage.
"They do provide a lot of backing," he said. "If I would run into a problem, it's phone call away to get some help."
Meet Brett Bachman
Bachman grew up near Auburn and graduated from Lakeview-Auburn High School. He worked in the agricultural world after high school and lived in Sac County from1983 until he moved to Fort Dodge two years ago.
The Color Glo venture represents a new career focus for Bachman. He said he is enthusiastic about this undertaking.
"You get to meet a lot of people," he said. "It is interesting to see how when something that has been damaged so badly, you can make it look so good in some cases. ... It is really amazing how we can turn something around."
A good example is a covering that has lost its initial luster.
"If it is faded, we can get that color back into it," Bachman said.