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Cognac Vinyl & Leather Finish

(110 customer reviews & photos)

$16.00$70.00

Cognac is a rich saddle or butterscotch color. It is similar to our Mocha but more golden. It is darker than Honey and lighter than Tobacco or Walnut.

Clear

Use our conditioning colors to restore:

  • absorbent aniline and semi-aniline leather
  • non-absorbent full-grain leather
  • and vinyl upholstery.

Our finishes won’t sunfade or backstain like leather dyes. They won’t alter the feel, flake or peel like spray paints. Each bottle comes with gloves and stir stick. Sponge sold separately.

Do not use on fabric, suede, nubuck or faux (bonded) leather.

110 reviews for Cognac Vinyl & Leather Finish

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    Jamal Edwards
    November 11, 2021
    Works great!!
    I went from an ugly maroon color to the cognac finish and man it looks way better. Only took 3/4 of a 16oz bottle for my small couch. Ordered another ...More
    I went from an ugly maroon color to the cognac finish and man it looks way better. Only took 3/4 of a 16oz bottle for my small couch. Ordered another 16 oz to get the 3 seater done next!
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    Cora Oaks
    November 2, 2021
    Absolutely my favorite!!
    I tried Tobacco at first, but it was a bit too dark & reddish for me. I put on Cognac instead all over my leather sectional and it is amazing!! I ...More
    I tried Tobacco at first, but it was a bit too dark & reddish for me. I put on Cognac instead all over my leather sectional and it is amazing!! I have two dogs and it is holding up fabulously. I love it!
    Pamela Welch
    October 7, 2021
    I purchased the 8oz cognac, 4 oz tobacco, and 4 oz sealer to refinish a beautiful but older Bernhardt sofa that my daughter gave my dad. After procras...More
    I purchased the 8oz cognac, 4 oz tobacco, and 4 oz sealer to refinish a beautiful but older Bernhardt sofa that my daughter gave my dad. After procrastinating for a couple months🤦🏼‍♀️, I tackled what I thought would be a hard job, even though I watched all the videos. To my delight, 2 hours later, the sofa looks great! I even did a few repairs on cat scratches as recommended, but in the end, the Rubnrestore camouflages them perfectly. I’m currently waiting for everything to dry well, then will add a 2nd coat to just a few of the more worn areas. Can’t believe how simple this process is!
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    Tanya Freeman
    September 17, 2021
    I’m am so impressed with this product. I received it yesterday and couldn’t wait to apply it to my sofa. I tried everything to hide the spot and nothi...More
    I’m am so impressed with this product. I received it yesterday and couldn’t wait to apply it to my sofa. I tried everything to hide the spot and nothing worked out until I found this product, I didn’t do the whole sofa because I only ordered the 2oz to cover a stain I messed up. I then applied it to both arms of my sofa. I’m loving this two tone look. This product is amazing
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    Aneesah Napier
    September 13, 2021
    Awesome product. Everyone thought I purchased the sofa like it looked after the stain
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    Dev
    August 23, 2021
    Its everything it claims
    I am a researcher so I looked into all the ways to diy a leather couch restore. Im so glad I chose this product. It was truly “easy” (definitely time ...More
    I am a researcher so I looked into all the ways to diy a leather couch restore. Im so glad I chose this product. It was truly “easy” (definitely time and elbow grease but so straight forward) and I am still amazed at the results! I have a brand new couch! And I’m thrilled to have this in standby for the inevitable kid touch ups.
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    Lexi
    August 8, 2021
    Would use this product again!
    This stuff is just amazing! When moving into my first home, I was given some old, dark purple leather couches. Of course I took them (they were free!)...More
    This stuff is just amazing! When moving into my first home, I was given some old, dark purple leather couches. Of course I took them (they were free!), but I honestly thought they were ugly. I did a little research and found this product from Rub and Restore. I was nervous to order because of the price and because I had no idea how the couches would turn out. Well, they turned out BEAUTIFUL! It took 4 coats on each coat (an hour a coat/couch). The couches are a pretty brown (a much more modern look). There were some scratches on the seats of one couch, and the paint completely covered them up! I would definitely recommend this product to anyone who wants to change up the look of their leather couches!
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    Shawn Schiappacasse
    July 6, 2021
    Shawn S.
    I only had to use one coat of the cognac base color to make my couch look new again and it was so easy to apply. I am truly amazed.
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    Chelsea
    June 23, 2021
    Amazing!
    Amazing product! I used rub n’ restore on a recliner that was old and faded. I’m so glad we didn’t get rid of the chair and took a chance to restore i...More
    Amazing product! I used rub n’ restore on a recliner that was old and faded. I’m so glad we didn’t get rid of the chair and took a chance to restore it. It worked wonderfully!
    Won Mekonnen
    June 15, 2021
    Color did not match. Customer Sevice was not helpful.
    Reply from lesandre:
    Colors may have the same name but vary among manufacturers. Our Cognac is described as a golden butterscotch. We offer a myriad of services to help in selecting color. We also have a generous exchange policy (try exchanging open paint with Home Depot and see how that customer service suits you). We also promptly responded to your email with this information and never received a reply. Perhaps it went to spam. Customers who leave negative reviews rather than try to troubleshoot are not suited to DIY projects such as these.
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    Lianet
    May 6, 2021
    Amazing !!
    Best product I’ve purchased !!! Don’t be sceptical it DOES work. Love how my couch looks brand new! I highly recommend
    Louise
    April 24, 2021
    Treat it like PAINT
    It does a great job, but I think it was a HUGE mistake to use a sponge. I am an artist and have a lot of experience with paints and painting. The sp...More
    It does a great job, but I think it was a HUGE mistake to use a sponge. I am an artist and have a lot of experience with paints and painting. The sponge soaked up too much product, dried on the sponge, and no matter how quickly I worked it just was bad. I even had a water spray bottle to mist it but I wasted a great deal of product, which should have been on my chair instead of my sponge. With that said, I will say the paint is a highly pigmented water base paint. When I purchased this, my impression was to RUB it on, like you would with shoe polish. I think it is much better to use a foam brush, keep several on hand because it will dry on it no matter how fast you work, although the spray bottle helped. I felt it would have turned out better if I had originally applied it like a thin paint, done small areas at a time, soak the foam brush every 15 minutes, and do several thin layers. You don't need to rub this on, you need to paint it on. I have severe carpal tunnel, so if you have this, or arthritis, then you best work in small batches with a foam brush. I even used an actual paint brush to paint around the brass tacs. It is a great product, but treat it like a paint, rather than like a leather polish that you rub into leather.
    Claudia J
    April 21, 2021
    Works well
    I just finished first try, noticed imperfections will do again. As it claims, leather doesn’t feel dry.. darker than expected.. really liked original ...More
    I just finished first try, noticed imperfections will do again. As it claims, leather doesn’t feel dry.. darker than expected.. really liked original color however this does cover up all the stains..will keep going.. also forgot to order glaze.. this is without the clear Prep& Finish
    Brad
    April 8, 2021
    Great product
    Product worked excellent!! Only prob was I ran out and had to order another bottle to finish a couple more coats. I ordered the 8oz bottle originally ...More
    Product worked excellent!! Only prob was I ran out and had to order another bottle to finish a couple more coats. I ordered the 8oz bottle originally and probably need another 2oz to finish. But I am ok with ordering another due to the amazing finish on my chair!!
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    Daniel tierney
    April 5, 2021
    Cognac
    I attempted to go from a dark color to light, and overall I’m very impressed. It took me about 4 coats. I bought the 8 oz bottle and there’s about 1/3...More
    I attempted to go from a dark color to light, and overall I’m very impressed. It took me about 4 coats. I bought the 8 oz bottle and there’s about 1/3 leftover, which will be useful if it needs a touch up eventually.
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    Picture of leather ottoman changed to cognac caramel tan with Rub n Restore
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    Tammy D
    February 17, 2021
    Truly amazing!!
    If I could give you 10 stars I would.
    So easy, and looks incredible.
    Amazing product and made in the USA too!
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    Rebecca Cason
    January 19, 2021
    I can not believe how amazing this product is. I was ready to go purchase a new recliner, and I came across Rub'n Restore. It was one of the easiest...More
    I can not believe how amazing this product is. I was ready to go purchase a new recliner, and I came across Rub'n Restore. It was one of the easiest DIYs I have ever done. The results are just incredible!! 10/10 rating!!



    Now I am redoing my headboard!!
    Vanessa Pineda
    December 19, 2020
    This was amazing!
    I bought this product in cognac to change the color of a black vinyl full sized bed frame that I’ve had for about 3 years. I was so impressed with how...More
    I bought this product in cognac to change the color of a black vinyl full sized bed frame that I’ve had for about 3 years. I was so impressed with how easy the product was to apply. I purchased the smallest sized container still have about half the bottle or a bit less left over. I highly recommend this!
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    Kat Schulz
    November 14, 2020
    Saved a bundle!
    This product is so wonderful. Easy to get great results. I would suggest watching as many videos as you can. You can then go right to your project an...More
    This product is so wonderful. Easy to get great results. I would suggest watching as many videos as you can. You can then go right to your project and get great results. I did think before I began the project that it might look good but would feel like plastic, not at all. So very happy with the result. Saved a bundle. Customer service awesome!
    Nilda Barrows
    November 7, 2020
    Cognac is perfect
    Awesome product! Bought this used chair on Facebook marketplace for $30. I did clean it with alcohol and Flite first and then did the tape test. It to...More
    Awesome product! Bought this used chair on Facebook marketplace for $30. I did clean it with alcohol and Flite first and then did the tape test. It took 3 coats but it was well worth it. I was afraid that it would get on my little white dog but nope, it worked out beautifully. I would recommend this product. 5 stars all they way!



    I’m so glad I found your product and so is this little guy sitting on his new favorite chair.
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    Natalie S
    October 28, 2020
    Everyone told me I couldn’t stain leather, but you can! Rub n restore is so easy to use. I’ve never done this before but knew I could. Great help on t...More
    Everyone told me I couldn’t stain leather, but you can! Rub n restore is so easy to use. I’ve never done this before but knew I could. Great help on the phone, in instructions and videos. It took less than 3 hours to transform the chair. The oil stain didn’t fully go away, but it looked so good I didn’t want to fully change the color. We liked the faux finish look.

    I used alcohol, 2-3 coats of cognac / Prep n finish glaze with a faux finish sponge (keep it damp!), dry in between coats, and 2 coats of Prep n finish. The only negative is that the leather felt a little dry after finishing the process. The second clear coat helped. All in all, so happy! My emerald green sofa will be my next project! And minimal to no odor!! The color looks great!!
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    Debbie D
    October 21, 2020
    Looking brand new now!
    I bought a leather loveseat on Craigslist for $25 that was in good shape except for sun bleaching on the arms and seat cushions and one back cushion t...More
    I bought a leather loveseat on Craigslist for $25 that was in good shape except for sun bleaching on the arms and seat cushions and one back cushion that was darker than the rest of the couch. I sent in a sample of the original leather and got a custom blend using cognac which I blended with 2oz rust. Three applications including the last with a blend with the finisher created a semigloss appearance that looks fantastic! I did do an additional application to the dark cushion to even out the tone to match the rest of the loveseat. Excellent product!
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    Picture of couch after Cognac Rub n Restore
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    Jordan
    October 15, 2020
    I just wanted to submit some photos of our sofa after using your products. I was honestly skeptical the paint would work, but I’m so glad I gave it a ...More
    I just wanted to submit some photos of our sofa after using your products. I was honestly skeptical the paint would work, but I’m so glad I gave it a try. Not only did it work, our couch looks amazing! I did 3 coats of cognac as a base and then a 1:1 glaze mix of tobacco with clear (the last photo is the true color we ended up with). I’m very happy with how our sofa looks—5 stars! Thank you again for all of your help.
    Jennifer
    September 14, 2020
    Like new
    I am so happy with this product! It smells very little, dried fast, and is very forgiving! Probably one of the easiest projects ever!
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    Brooke
    September 12, 2020
    Easy & completed in a few hours. Used a total of 3 coats in the cognac color and topped with a 50/50 solution using the top coat.
    First coat going on
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    Kate
    August 29, 2020
    Neat
    Like most, I was skeptical but pleasantly surprised! I painted a red leather loveseat with some damage from pets on one cushion. You’d never know it! ...More
    Like most, I was skeptical but pleasantly surprised! I painted a red leather loveseat with some damage from pets on one cushion. You’d never know it! Love how the color turned out. It’s incredibly easy to use. I hope it wears well! I just finished the top coat today.
    Aubrey Meadows
    August 6, 2020
    Worked out better than expected! And very user friendly for all DIYers.
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    Teena Stewart
    July 26, 2020
    Cognac
    Great product. We purchased two used couches and a leather chair and ottoman used and wanted to make them match so we used cognac as our base color.
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    Phill
    July 6, 2020
    Wonderful Results
    Bought this to restore some vinyl I couldn't replace on my boat. Now everything matches and it looks fantastic. I couldn't be happier
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    Jess T
    July 2, 2020
    I bought a Natuzi leather couch on Craigslist for $150 because I have pets and didn't want to spend a fortune on new only to have it thrashed. It was ...More
    I bought a Natuzi leather couch on Craigslist for $150 because I have pets and didn't want to spend a fortune on new only to have it thrashed. It was well built but had some discoloration and scratching. A friend suggested I recondition it and I found rub & retire videos on YouTube. Seemed too good to be true but I ordered it. Got my shipment in a few days, and after a few hours it was like I had a brand new couch. It's absolutely foolproof and felt like magic. It is the single most rewarding diy project I ever have done. I'll never buy new leather again.
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    Haley Emery
    May 29, 2020
    Cognac Recolor
    AMAZING. So glad I purchased. Have already recommended to others.
    Faded & stained red to beautiful cognac
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    Allison
    May 2, 2020
    This was one of my best decisions ever! The couch looks brand new after a few coats. I ordered both the 16oz and 8oz and have about half of the 16oz l...More
    This was one of my best decisions ever! The couch looks brand new after a few coats. I ordered both the 16oz and 8oz and have about half of the 16oz left after applying a generous amount all over and underneath of both the couch and love seat. It dries really quickly so it did not take more than a day and it was fun to watch the progress! Came out to a beautiful rich color. IM OBESSED !
    Before-after photo of white leather chair changed to cognac with Rub n Restore
    Kashmere Fitch
    May 2, 2020
    I just purchased your cognac color to change the color on a chair a friend gave me. It turned out so well! I read the reviews on your website and "how...More
    I just purchased your cognac color to change the color on a chair a friend gave me. It turned out so well! I read the reviews on your website and "how to" videos so I felt prepared to tackle this. The product was extremely easy to work with and produced beautiful results thanks to the included instructions. Thank you for the quality product and fantastic resources!



    (Slight color differences in the two photos as one was taken in the morning and one at night.)
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    Gerald A. Cole
    April 28, 2020
    almost a perfect match to original color...thanks
    Rachel Haworth
    April 25, 2020
    Amazing products and great results! Colors used 2:1 ratio Cognac:Cherrywood and 1:1 Clear:Cognac. Thanks to covid19 my indirect dislike for our very a...More
    Amazing products and great results! Colors used 2:1 ratio Cognac:Cherrywood and 1:1 Clear:Cognac. Thanks to covid19 my indirect dislike for our very aged leather sofa amplified and instead of spending an exorbitant amount on a brand new leather sofa I came across your products and couldn’t be happier! The couch was inherited from my boyfriends mother and he was very skeptical and initially did not want me to try to tackle this project knowing the couch was pretty far gone and more concerned he would have to get us a new couch if my attempt at fixing it would make it worse. So one day I waited until he left for work and I went to work on our sofa. I was able to ratio the colors to match perfectly just by looking through your reviews with photos and learned how to patch, correct and color with your instructional videos. It took me two days with my secret project because of the repairs that needed to be made and time between to dry with the leather filler and patches but thanks to a few well placed decorative pillows and blankets went unnoticed until my project was complete. I only needed to use the color on the bottom cushions and a few other areas like the arm rest which needed to be repaired. The best part is my boyfriend still can’t tell which cushions I didn’t touch! And I have enough color left over for my next secret project - his leather recliner to match our “new” gorgeous leather sofa. Thanks to your products and instructional videos you’ve saved our sofa, our bank account and made my boyfriend a believer!
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    Leather chair after Rub n Restore
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    S Sexton
    March 30, 2020
    Thanks so much for all of your help and advice! We’re really happy with how it turned out using 2 parts Cognac and 1 part Rust and then following with...More
    Thanks so much for all of your help and advice! We’re really happy with how it turned out using 2 parts Cognac and 1 part Rust and then following with the Clear finish.
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    Susie Stewart
    March 30, 2020
    Great product.
    Anastasia
    March 23, 2020
    This product and the repair solution has saved me from having to by a new couch. I had holes the size of a walnut and discoloration, you would never k...More
    This product and the repair solution has saved me from having to by a new couch. I had holes the size of a walnut and discoloration, you would never know that there was ever an issue!! Amazing products. I wish I would have had a before picture to post, unbelievable the difference.
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    Wanda Perez
    January 14, 2020
    Worked great for Italian leather sofa!
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    Austin Stevens
    September 15, 2019
    Greta stuff! Didn’t get a great before picture but the end result was great. The couch was a faded/stained yellow color, the cognac dye worked great!
    Harriet Brown
    September 6, 2019
    Awesome product and easy to use!
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