How to Dye a Leather Couch

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How to Dye a Leather Couch
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If you have a leather couch that is damaged or worn out, you can refresh it with a fresh coat of dye. Some types of leather can be dyed an entirely different colour, while other leathers can be dyed only in a shade that is similar to the original. With the right products, you can dye that couch in an afternoon by following these instructions. Keep in mind that different types of leather will accept dye differently for varying results. Consider doing a test patch before dyeing the entire piece of furniture.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Leather deglazer
  • Soft scrub brush
  • Rags
  • Spray bottle
  • Leather bleach
  • Leather dye
  • Leather finish

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  1. 1

    Apply a leather deglazer to remove oils and previous finishing products from the leather.

  2. 2

    Determine the type of dye to use based on the type of couch you have. For aniline or nubuck leather, use a transparent dye that lets some of the original tone show through. For pigmented leather, use a leather paint, which is an opaque coloured dye that will completely cover the original leather tone.

  3. 3

    Thoroughly clean the couch. Mix 1 pint of water with 29.6ml of leather bleach. Apply with a soft brush and wipe with rags.

  4. 4

    Spray the couch with water to dampen the leather.

  5. 5

    Apply the leather dye with rags or a spray bottle. Rub the dye in even strokes across the leather.

  6. 6

    Let dry for about two hours. Check the drying time for the particular product you are using. Note that the time may vary based on the leather itself.

  7. 7

    Repeat steps 4 through 6 as needed for more intense colour.

  8. 8

    When the dye is dry, buff the couch with clean rags. This polishes and removes excess dye to avoid rub-off later.

  9. 9

    Spray the couch with a top coat of leather finish.

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