How to recolor tufted upholstery?

Picture of tufted leather upholstery

Tufted upholstery has lots of buttons, folds, and wrinkles. If color pools, it won’t dry properly, may flake out, and will look heavily painted. Follow these instructions to get the best result:

  1. Cut a sponge in half diagonally to make two wedges.
  2. Use a small brush to apply Rub ‘n Restore® color to the button, folds, and wrinkles that radiate outward.
  3. Before the color begins to dry, use one of the sponges (or a second brush, if preferred) to trace the path and wick excess color from these areas.
  4. Allow the color to dry.
  5. Do all the tufted areas before moving on to higher, smoother surfaces.

To create a burnished appearance, use this method to apply a different (usually darker) shade to the tufting. Diluting color with Clear Prep+Finish™ to make a more translucent glaze can make this easier. Even so, you’ll find this color will influence that of the plush, high spots unless you are careful to remove it all. For this you may need an additional sponge or two and a tub of water for rinsing. Alternatively, you can apply the darker color to the tufting first, and then finish with the color desired on the high spots.

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  1. I just bought a new leather sofa and armchair from IKEA. Now that I’ve got them home, I’m not wild about the color. I want to change it with one of your beautiful Rub n Restore colors.
    Since this is brand new, top-grain leather furniture, will alcohol do everything I need to remove any manufacturer’s wax or protective coating? Currently, water runs off the surface —it does not absorb.


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