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Will Rub ‘n Restore® stain clothing?

Rub ‘n Restore® finishes are more like a paint, not a dye, and will only stain clothing if spilled in their liquid state. Once dried, our finishes do not permanently stain fabric. The new finish should be allowed to cure before coming into contact with water or damp fabrics. Less is always more in post-restoration cleaning and maintenance.

Occasionally transference or “crocking” of color can be observed on a dry rag or white clothing. This typically occurs with colors containing a lot of organic (i.e. synthetic not mineral) pigments (reds, blues, Persimmon, occasionally Cognac, Rust or Mahogany). Our colors are very pigment-rich which is why one can color change in just a few coats.

If you experience this, pre-treat the article with detergent (washing soda or borax are even better, if you have them), perhaps with a gentle scrub brush, and launder as usual. The color will wash out.

Buff the surface with a dry rag to remove any unstable pigment. This usually corrects the issue. If crocking persists, consider a final coat of glaze (color diluted with Clear Prep+Finish™ which increases the ratio of resin to pigment) or special order Satin Sealer to better seal the pigment.


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