How to Repair Discoloring on Black Leather Chaps

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How to Repair Discoloring on Black Leather Chaps
Repair discoloured chaps with a leather recoloring kit. (8981 image by TMorgan from

Leather chaps are worn by cowboys and motorcycle riders to protect legs from weather and riding conditions. Over time, the leather becomes worn, discoloured or faded. Replacing leather chaps are costly, but you may recolor the faded or discoloured areas on the chaps and get more wear out of them. Repair discolouring on leather chaps with a leather recoloring kit. The kits contain all the items you need to bring old chaps back to their natural colouring.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Table or hard surface
  • Recoloring kit

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  1. 1

    Lay the leather chaps on a table or other hard surface. This makes it easier to work on the chaps with the colouring kit.

  2. 2

    Clean the discoloured area on the chaps with the colour prep and cleaner from the recolor kit. Apply the solution to the scruff pad from the kit and rub on the discoloured area. Allow the area to dry for 15 to 20 minutes.

  3. 3

    Apply one coat of the colourant to the discoloured area and allow to dry before applying another coat. The colourant should be dry to the touch before the next application. Apply two to three coats of the colourant to the leather chaps or until you achieve the desired colour.

  4. 4

    Place the leather chaps in an area where they will not be disturbed so they may dry for the next 12 hours. Make sure nothing touches the recolored areas.

  5. 5

    Apply the leather protectant from the recolor kit 24 hours after applying the colourant. Buff the area with a soft cloth.

Tips and warnings

  • Buy the colour kit that is the closest match to the leather chaps. Make sure to purchase a recolor kit used for leather products.

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