Choose the best leather glaze mixture for your upholstery.

A leather glaze is a translucent color, in this case made by mixing any Rub ‘n Restore® Color with Clear Prep+Finish™. It is recommended for absorbent leathers with a marbled, printed or two-tone appearance as well as dry, porous marine vinyl and hot tub covers.

Clear Prep+Finish™ is, in fact, 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 color and features to show. More color will be bolder and get better coverage on stains or fading but also hide natural marbling.

Use a glaze for any of the following:

  • prime any absorbent aniline leather or exceptionally dry or sun-rotted vinyl;
  • maintain or create a marbled, distressed, or burnished appearance;
  • add a satin finish by mixing 3 – 4 parts color + 1 part Clear;
  • add a semi-gloss finish by mixing 1 – 2 parts Color + 1 part Clear.

Clear Prep+Finish™ can be used alone as a primer or a glossy finish on leather only (not on vinyl).

Experiment with different ratios of color-clear, and make a note of them, so you can replicate it in the future.

This video has more information:


  • 0:11 – Why use a glaze
  • 0:34 – The ratio
  • 1:06 – Mixing it
  • 1:24 – Timelapse application
  • 1:39 – After 1 coat, discussion of quantity used
  • 2:03 – Combining excess glaze with remaining color eliminates need for additional sealer
  • 2:33 – Before and after

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  1. 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?

    • 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.

  2. Love it! I just stained my couch and loveseat in an hour and a half. I wiped all the excess off with a pillowcase. Going to go back over it with one part glaze one part color. How long before I could sit on it?

  3. Thanks for the quick response, but i am wondering if i can apply the finish without adding the color? What will the results be, as i love the color i just applied (taupe).

  4. [First, I apologize if I missed this in your (very well organized) FAQ section. After researching many products, you folks at Rub ‘n Restore were clearly the people to go with!]
    Can the glazing technique be used to “nudge” a color toward a different hue of similar value?
    Say my chair’s original vinyl is (using your color names) Wine, and the goal is to recolor it to a hue between Brick and Cherrywood. But I want to allow variations in the original to show through, and also make it easier to clean around (and maintain the color of) the many nail heads–which are spaced leaving vinyl between them.
    If I made a glaze using Honey or Butterscotch, could I “nudge” that Wine toward the destination color? Or would the result, even with stippling, just look like what it is–a thin layer of one color sitting on top of another?
    Maybe this could be a topic for another video: “Ways to Recolor Between Hues of Similar Value.” (LOL–or “More Mistakes to Avoid!”)


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