How to redye a leather sofa

Written by damica brownswood
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A great way to restore a leather sofa is to redye it. Whether you are looking to change the colour or bring back the original colour, re-dying your leather sofa is a great alternative to buying new furniture. You can redye leather using the same techniques the professionals use when crafting leather furniture.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Leather dying kit
  • Plastic covering or newspaper

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    How to redye a leather sofa

  1. 1

    Choose a leather colouring kit. You can find these kits at most furniture stores or order your kit online. (See Resources.) Most kits will come with multiple colour selections, leather prep cleaner, finishing sprays, a spray unit, gloves and sponge applicators. Make sure your kit comes with all the necessary tools and the colour you desire.

  2. 2

    Prepare your work area. The most important part of preparation is covering the area around your furniture. Use newspaper, a sheet or plastic covering to protect other items from exposure to chemicals.

  3. 3

    Read the instructions. Although the steps are mapped out here, read the instructions that come with your kit. Instructions may vary depending on brand.

  4. 4

    Prep your sofa. Use a sponge to clean the sofa using the leather prep. The leather prep cleaner is used to remove dirt and degreases the leather so the new colour can fully penetrate. Not prepping your sofa will cause adhesion problems.

  5. 5

    Apply colour. Using a different application sponge, add a thin layer of colour to your sofa. Apply colour in smooth, even strokes. Applying the colour too thick will cause bubbles and runs. If you notice this, take a cloth and immediately smooth the surface. Allow the layer to dry. If needed, repeat this step until the colour is as dark as you would like.

  6. 6

    Attach the spray unit to the colour pickup tube to apply the spray layer. Hold the spray about 6 to 8 inches from the surface, and evenly apply a thin layer of colour.

  7. 7

    Once the colour has completely dried, apply a thin layer of finishing spray.

  8. 8

    Allow the sofa to dry. Wait approximately 48 hours before disturbing your furniture.

Tips and warnings

  • Leather dye can cause damage to the skin as well as ruin clothing and other materials. Use the gloves that come with the kit and make sure you completely cover your working area.

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