Ideal working temperature is 65º – 80º F (18º – 26º C). Avoid applying in direct sunlight if the surface is already hot. Protect fabrics and carpets from spills.
Our colors dry dull and get excellent coverage in few coats. Dilute color with Clear Prep+Finish (a glaze) and use as a primer for absorbent, worn areas and / or if more luster and transparency is desired.
A damp cellulose sponge does a great job of massaging the finish into the grain. Rags, paint brushes, or spray guns can also be used.
Here’s how to apply the leather finish:
- Protect carpets, floors with drop cloths, and mask any areas.
- Complete any repairs.
- Clean and tape test.
- Stir the color with the included stick, as shaking creates foam.
- Test the color on a small area. Apply thin coats until coverage is achieved, letting each dry before applying another. Clear Prep+Finish will deepen and brighten colors and also add shine. Scratch, pinch, twist, and stress the area to confirm the finish performs well. Ensure you like the color. If so, proceed.
- Start with any areas that have tufting, buttons, tacks, different-colored panels, piping or seams and any finished repairs. Then graduate to broader surfaces.
- An additional sealer is usually not necessary except for primary or secondary colors like reds, blues, greens, Persimmon and Eggplant.
- Use alcohol to remove finish from unwanted areas like wood, metal, plastic.
- When it feels dry, it is dry and ready for use. Cure time, where the finish won’t be spotted or discolored by water, takes longer.
- Do not use conditioners or leather wipes after refinishing. Click here for more info about cleaning and maintaining your new finish.
Click here for marbling, printing or burnishing techniques.
If you need more help, consult the pro.
Wanting to go from an ivory couch to a slate gray. I have some cat scratches on the seats but they are not deep. Can I just send them or do I need to put some kind of filler or glue on them? There are many products on the website and I’m not sure what to use for what.
Real leather can be repaired with tiny beads of super glue catalyzed with sanding. Faux leather and vinyl must be repaired with filler, and it’s painstaking work. See here about color changing before doing so. If you are unsure of the material or need more help, please submit an evaluation.
When you say mix color and glaze, what is the ratio? Parts of our couch is faded (probably from a wet dog), should I still restore the whole couch, or only the areas affected?
With a matching color, you can just restore the trouble spots. See here about mixing / matching your own color. You can also send a sample for matching. Most colors dry dull. Using Clear Prep+Finish™ alone as a topcoat or mixing it with color (a glaze) can be used to add luster and help with blending.
Will this change the feel of my authentic leather sofa?
Only if it were applied to suede or very worn nubuck. See here.
Can I use All-In-One Conditioning Prime + Sealer For Leather & Vinyl Clear Prep+Finish after Water-Based Conditioning Color For Leather & Vinyl Rust?
Yes, it will add shine. See here about glazing.
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