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How do you use Rub ‘n Restore?

Most folks use a damp sponge to apply Rub ’n Restore®. You can also use a spray gun.

  1. Protect carpets, floors with drop cloths, and mask any areas.
  2. Complete any repairs.
  3. Clean with alcohol, and tape test.
  4. Stir the color, and test it on a small area. Apply thin coats until coverage is achieved, letting each dry before applying another. Then scratch, pinch, twist, and stress the area to confirm the finish performs well. If so, proceed.
  5. Start with any areas that have tufting, buttons, tacks, different-colored panels, piping or seams and any finished repairs. Then graduate to broader surfaces.
  6. Use a mixture of color and Clear Prep+Finish (a glaze) from the get-go for absorbent, worn areas and / or if more luster and transparency is desired. Color alone will dry duller and get better coverage.
  7. An additional sealer is usually not necessary except for primary or secondary colors like reds, blues, greens, Persimmon and Eggplant.
  8. Use alcohol to remove finish from unwanted areas like wood, metal, plastic.
  9. 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.
  10. Do not use conditioners or leather wipes after refinishing. Click here for more info about cleaning and maintaining your new finish.

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Watch how-to videos of cleaning, repairing, and refinishing and learn about matching color vs. color changing.

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Reader Interactions


  1. Christy DeMelis says

    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?

  2. Michelle says

    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.

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