How to fix a faded leather jacket

Updated February 21, 2017

A leather jacket is a classic garment that never goes out of style and fits well with a variety of different looks. While your jacket may never fade out of style, leather jackets can become worn out and fade in colour, which over time can seriously damage the stylish look you are going for with your jacket. Luckily you can get back that new leather look at home with some easy steps.

Spray the faded spot lightly with some white vinegar and wipe away. Spray a few more times and wipe away to ensure the spot is clean. Vinegar is an effective cleaner that is gentle on all fabrics and also adds a freshened scent to worn leather.

Rub your flannel into the colour coating to get a light layer of the coating on your cloth. Rub the coating over the faded spot in light strokes to get a sheer first layer.

Blow dry the colour coating on medium heat. Keep the dryer 30 cm (12 inches) from leather to ensure it doesn't burn. Drying can take two to five minutes or longer depending on the drying time of the brand of coating purchased.

Apply another layer of coating and dry as before, then add one more layer of coating. Once dry, you should have even coverage and a good solid colour that matches the rest of your jacket.

Wipe over the area you treated for a minute with a clean flannel. Repeat these steps with any other faded spots on your leather jacket.


Look for colour coating at your local craft store or home improvement centre.

Things You'll Need

  • White vinegar
  • Spray bottle
  • Flannels
  • Leather colour coating (based on jacket colour)
  • Blow dryer
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Amy Davidson is a graduate from the University of Florida in Gainesville, with a bachelor's degree in journalism. She also writes for local papers around Gainesville doing articles on local events and news.