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How to mix a leather glaze?

A glaze (or wash) is a more translucent finish made by diluting any Rub ‘n Restore® Color with Clear Prep+Finish™. This also adds luster:

  • Equal parts will yield a semi-gloss finish.
  • Use 2 parts color and 1 part Clear for a satin finish.

A glaze is also great for creating or mimicking a distressed, mottled appearance common on semi-aniline leather.

This video demonstrates how easily a glaze can be mixed on the sponge.


Video contents:

  • 0:12 – Mixing a glaze directly on your sponge
  • 0:30 – Applying the glaze
  • 1:06 – Wiping vs. dabbing or stippling the glaze

Clear Prep+Finish™ is the base for all Rub ‘n Restore® Colors. More Clear will dilute the color, resulting in a more lustrous and translucent finish and allowing more of the original colors and features to show. More Color will be bolder and get better coverage on stains or fading. Experiment, and make a note of your ratio and method, so you can replicate the results in the future.

If you don’t like the results, you can always apply more color or Clear over the glazed surface.

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Reader Interactions


  1. Ken Lambert says

    I have used your product on faded leather. It colors well but I can’t get it to last. The fade comes back through. Is there some way to seal after color is applied to make it last longer?

    • lesandre says

      Did you color change? This will require periodic touch-up and this varies with quality and condition of material. We can sell you an acrylic-urethane satin sealer to add durability. This is special order and not available through the site.

      If you didn’t color change, it’s likely that the leather is too worn and would benefit from a little filler before recoloring.

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