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How To Change The Color Of A Leather Sofa

How To Change The Color Of A Leather Sofa

This guide will show you how to change the color of a leather sofa. We will be changing of a small seat from a light beige color to maroon to demonstrate the correct procedure of changing the color of leather.


A color change can be made from any color to another, i.e. black to white, or white to black, with just as successful results.


The leather colorant kit used in this guide can be used to change the color of all leather, vinyl, plastic, PVC & leather cloth car interiors.


Pictorial Guide - How to Change the Color of a Leather Sofa

One day, you’re sitting in your living room, and you have an epiphany that your living room couch would blend in so much better if it was green. While you’re contemplating where to buy a green leather couch and what to do with your existing one, someone 500 miles away is preparing for a housewarming party, and silently wishes that their leather couch didn’t look so worn and faded.


What do both of you have in common? You both need to read our guide for changing the color of leather sofa, because no leather-related dream is too big for Furniture Clinic.



Leather Seat Before Colour Change

This photo shows a seat cushion we will be changing from beige to maroon.

Products Required

Leather Colorant Kit - Used to change the color of leather


 


Before Preparation


How to change the colour of a leather sofa guide - seat before prepping


 


After Preparation


How to change the colour of a leather sofa guide - seat after prepping


Step 1. Prep the Leather

To prepare the leather, you’ll need to remove waxes, silicones and oils that are on the leather as they could affect the adhesion of the color. You also need to remove the manufactured finish. We recommend cleaning dirty leather with our Leather Ultra Clean or warm, soapy water before starting.


Wipe down the back and sides of the furniture first. These areas are usually less faded since they’re not really used. The seating cushions and armrests probably have the most wear and tear. Rub these areas with the product and an abrasive pad to remove the finish. To do this, place two cotton balls on the pad and wet them in prep. Fold the pad over the cotton balls and use it to rub the leather.


This step will remove cracked or creased portions of leather, preparing it for coloring and improving its appearance. When you see the color transfer from the furniture to the pad or cloth you’re using, you’ve successfully prepped the leather to be recolored.


Prepping the leather in this manner will remove any creased and cracked areas on the leather. So it not only makes the leather ready for coloring but it greatly improves its appearance. Any severe cracks can be filled using heavy filler.


The leather is correctly prepped when you start to see color transfer from the leather onto the abrasive pad or cloth. This indicates that the finish has been removed exposing the color beneath. Any distinctive creases in the leather may wear through quicker than other areas once color is applied (this would only happen on a color change job, and is just a maybe). To reduce the chance of this happening wet some fine grade sandpaper (320+) in leather prep and rub along the crease to reduce it. Then proceed to the next step.



How to change the colour of a leather car seat  - Clean the leather with leather cleaner

Step 2. Wipe the Leather Down with Alcohol Cleaner

After you’ve removed the manufacturer’s finish, your furniture will still have some silicones that aren’t soluble in solvents, so you’ll need to use alcohol cleaners to remove them. Wipe the leather down with our Alcohol Cleaner — you can even spray the cleaner directly onto the leather if that makes it easier for you. Once you’re finished, wait 30 minutes for the cleaner to evaporate.



how to change the colour of a leather car seat guide - applying the first layer of colorant

Step 3. Apply the First Layer of Colorant

For three minutes, shake your bottle of colorant to ensure it’s mixed well. Pour a small drop onto a sponge and begin to rub it into the leather. With the first layer, your main goal is to fill in any gaps and creases with a thin coat of color — you will not be able to achieve a perfect color with your first coat.


Once the first coat is dry, apply two more even layers in the same fashion.



How to change the colour of a leather sofa - first coat of colourant applied.

The image to the left shows what the leather should look like after one application of color. DO NOT try to achieve a perfect finish with the first coat.

The colorant dries naturally or you can speed it up with a hair drier. After applying one base coat, apply two more coats of colorant in the same way as before. You can actually achieve a good finish without even spraying any color on! However it is best to spray some on as well.


How to change the colour of leather - Spraying on colourant


Drying the colourant


Step 4. Spray on the Colorant and Leather Finish

About 30 minutes after applying your last layer of colorant, use a spray gun or airbrush to spray the leather. We recommend practicing on a piece of paper before spraying your furniture. You’ll want to spray the colorant evenly and in thin layers for the best results.



To avoid your colorant running, use a hair dryer after spraying each area. There’s no magic number for how many coats of colorant to spray on — just use your best judgment and keep spraying until all the base color is covered up.



Once you’re happy with the color, use the Leather Finish spray to finish the job. Apply the glossy Super-Seal in three to five coats for a glossy, flexible and durable finish. Then, once that’s dry, apply the remaining Leather Finish — you’ll want to cover the entire area with three to five coats.



 

The Finished Product

 


Coloured Leather Seat Coloured Leather Seat Close Up

The above two images are of the seat thoroughly colored. As standard the leather has a slight shine to it. This can be either increased using a gloss finish, matted down using a matt finish or kept the same using a satin finish. Our customer required a matt finish for this item, which is shown in the pictures below.
 
Finished Leather Seat Finished Leather Seat Close Up
 

 



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7 days ago

Puni

I want help changing my brown leather couch to cream or white color. But I have want a professional, can you help???

7 days ago

Furniture Clinic

Hello Puni,

Thank you for your email. Unfortunately we are not a restoration service. We have the DIY products to restore yourself. If you would like recommendations on our products we would be happy to help if you could email us a few photos of what you are planning to restore to help@furnitureclinic.com. We will ascertain and respond with an email of the recommended products.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Best,
Furniture Clinic
Customer Service

1 month ago

DonnaBlazek

I have a brown large leather ottoman that I have purchased. I would like to refurb it and change to a cream color. Is this possible?

1 month ago

Furniture Clinic

Hello Donna,

Thank you for your email. We would be happy to assist you with your restoration needs but require some additional information so we may advise you properly. If you could send a few photos of what you are planning to restore to help@furnitureclinic.com. We will ascertain and respond with an email of the recommended products and color choices for you.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Best,
Furniture Clinic
Customer Service

2 months ago

Brian Webb

is there any way to change black leather to brown?

2 months ago

Furniture Clinic

Hello Brian,

Thank you for your email. We absolutely have the products to change the color of leather and we would be happy to assist you with your leather recoloring needs but require some additional information so we may advise you properly. If you could send a few photos of the leather you are planning to recolor to help@furnitureclinic.com, we will ascertain and respond with an email of the recommended products along with size and color choices for you. We advise to send a few close-up photos and a couple pan-out photos of the whole piece itself.

We look forward to hearing back from you.

Best,
Furniture Clinic
Customer Service

3 months ago

Terri Whitfield

I want help changing my brown leather couch & 2 chairs to black.but I have want a professional can you help.

3 months ago

Furniture Clinic

Hello Terri,

Thank you for your email. We would be happy to assist you with your restoration needs but require some additional information so we may advise you properly. If you could send a few photos of what you are planning to restore to help@furnitureclinic.com. We will ascertain and respond with an email of the recommended products for your recoloring or restoration needs.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Best,
Furniture Clinic
Customer Service

4 months ago

samantha

Hello, I want to either remove the color on these poufs or add color. I just want to alter the color in some way so that is more desirable.

4 months ago

Furniture Clinic

Hello Samantha,

Thank you for your inquiry. We would be happy to assist you with your restoration needs but require some additional information so we may advise you properly. If you could send a few photos of what you are planning to restore to help@furnitureclinic.com. We will ascertain and respond with an email of the recommended products for your recoloring or restoration needs.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Best,
Furniture Clinic
Customer Service

8 months ago

rob

I have a large red leather chair that has about 20 square feet of surface. It is in excellent shape but want to dye it brown...How much of what products do I need?

8 months ago

Furniture Clinic

Hello Rob,

We would be happy to assist you with your leather restoration needs but require some additional information so we may advise you properly. If you could send a few photos of the leather you are planning to restore to help@furnitureclinic.com, we will ascertain and respond with an email of the recommended products as well as sizes of our Leather Colorant Kits for your leather restoration needs. We advise to send a few close-up photos of any damages/color-loss to your leather and a couple pan-out photos of the whole piece itself.

We look forward to hearing back from you.

Best,
Furniture Clinic
Customer Service

11 months ago

Rhonda Nally

I want to die a brown leather sofa white. Is that possible? Real leather on all surfaces. How? Most go darker. Thanks.

11 months ago

Furniture Clinic

Hello Rhonda,

Thank you for your inquiry. When using our Leather Colorants, it is possible to change the color of your leather. We would be happy to assist you with your leather restoration needs but require some additional information so we may advise you properly. If you could send a few photos of the leather you are planning to restore to help@furnitureclinic.com, we will ascertain any damages and respond with an email of the recommended products for your leather restoration needs. We advise to send a few close-up photos of any damages/color-loss to your leather and a couple pan-out photos of the whole piece itself.

We look forward to hearing back from you.

Best,
Furniture Clinic
Customer Service

1 year ago

Rebecca

Can you dye a semi aniline leather sectional with ottoman from light gray to black without damaging the leather and what is your quote?

1 year ago

Furniture Clinic

Hello Rebecca,

Thank you for your inquiry. We would be happy to assist you with your leather restoration needs but require some additional information so we may advise you properly. If you could send a few photos of the leather you are planning to restore to help@furnitureclinic.com, we will ascertain any damages and respond with an email of the recommended products for your leather restoration needs. We advise to send a few close-up photos of any damages/color-loss to your leather and a couple pan-out photos of the whole piece itself.

Also we need need to determine the type of leather you have and ask you to perform our Water Test to see if your leather is absorbent. To do this, put a few drops of water on the surface of your leather in an undamaged area. If the water immediately seeps in and darkens the leather it is absorbent. If the water beads upon the surface and can be wiped away it is non-absorbent.

We look forward to hearing back from you.

Best,

1 year ago

Bonnie Cosner

I'm sending a small sample of the shade I need.

1 year ago

Furniture Clinic

Hello Bonnie,

Thank you for your reply. When sending your leather sample for a Color Match please include your name and phone number so we may contact you once your sample is received.

You may also contact us at 866-931-8095 or you may email us at help@furnitureclinic.com for further information you require.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Best,
Furniture Clinic
Customer Service