Rough, scaly leather or vinyl may be corrected with a gentle sanding and a new finish. Deeper cracks, splits or sun damage should be repaired with flexible filler and then refinished with color.
For minor scaliness:
- Sand with 320 grit.
- Clean with alcohol.
- Start with a glaze (mix of Rub ‘n Restore® Color and Clear Prep+Finish™). This is more cost effective and will allow subsequent layers of color to dry more evenly.
If this is insufficient, fear not!
- Clean the area with alcohol again. This will strip any unabsorbed, uncured finish.
- Let dry.
- Apply a flexible leather putty like our Soft Filler. This video demonstrates the process. Skip ahead to minute 3:14.
Filler should also be used if:
- the material is splitting or cracking or
- suede is exposed.
NOTE: Filler may be cost prohibitive for large areas of sun-rotted vinyl like spa covers, tonneau covers, vinyl tops, boat upholstery or yurt roofs. In this case consider resurfacing vinyl with a rubberized coating. Do not use rubberized coatings on real leather.
Liquid Rubber® is water-based and can be diluted with water, making it more versatile and less noxious. It must be ordered online.
FlexSeal® can be found in most hardware stores in either an aerosol spray or liquid. However, it is solvent-based. It is more noxious, cannot be diluted with other solvents, and is therefore less versatile.
Either way, a Rub ‘n Restore® Color can be applied after if the desired shade is unavailable in the rubberized coating.