Yes, you can color change leather or vinyl with Rub ‘n Restore®, but it’s not for everyone!
The following are not great candidates due to the greater likelihood of touch-up:
- very worn or thin upholstery;
- loosely upholstered furniture with lots of wrinkles and folds (and therefore stress);
- pieces that receive a lot of contact with chemicals / liquids or rough kids and critters (particularly dog claws);
- changing from medium, dark, or bold colors to very pale colors;
- or bonded, faux or polyurethane (PU) ‘leather’ which resist all coatings (including their own).
This video demonstrates a dramatic color change from a dark green to a lighter camel color in five coats.
- 0:08 – Cleaning and prep
- 0:48 – First coat of color
- 1:36 – Second coat
- 2:10 – Third coat
- 2:36 – Fourth coat
- 2:54 – Fifth coat
- 3:12 – Final result
Choosing a color that complements the original or has a similar value (light vs. dark) will minimize maintenance. Dabbing or stippling the color to create a marbled or distressed appearance, rather than a solid color, will allow future wear to look natural and intended.
If you go color change from dark to light, use Stone grey as a primer. You may also need to apply a coat of Clear Prep+Finish™ in between every 3-4 coats of the pale color to seal your work and get better coverage.
Our products are water-based acrylic pigments (paints). While urethanes tend to be more durable, acrylics feel and look more natural. Touch-up is par for the course with color changes and varies with the quality and condition of the material and the type of use. This video demonstrates how easy touch-up is.
Our finishes don’t flake or peel unless applied to bonded / polyurethane leather or if applied too thickly and allowed to pool in the recesses of the grain. The latter is easily corrected by thinning the color with alcohol and reapplying.