Rub ‘n Restore® is a professional grade
waterborne system that allows you to recolor leather and vinyl with a sponge. Here’s how easy it is. You’ll need any
all-purpose household cleaner like 409® or Greenworks®, a spray bottle of water,
gloves, a household sponge (not a sponge brush!) rags or paper towels, and a hair dryer. We’ve laid out a drop cloth to protect our working area. This is an old leather sofa
cushion. Wipe the surface with any all-purpose cleaner like 409® to remove loose dirt and grease. Don’t be afraid to really clean that leather. OK, it’s time to dye! Thoroughly shake the color until evenly dispersed, usually a full two minutes. Choose an inconspicuous area to test the
color. Allow it to completely dry, as the color will darken. You should also wear gloves to protect that manicure, and use masking tape to protect areas you do not want to color. Be sure to dress in clothing that is appropriate to this project. OK, dampen your sponge so that it does
not drip water when squeezed. Let’s begin by pouring a small amount of Rub ‘n Restore® directly onto the surface or your sponge. Spread it evenly across the surface, and continue to massage into cracks, wrinkles, or porous areas. Do not apply Rub ‘n Restore® in direct sunlight or on a very hot surface. Spray water can be used to cool surfaces before application if heat is an issue. Moistening the surface will also extend the working time of the dye. Also use the spray water to keep your sponge moist. If the dye looks streaky, spritz a little water directly onto your surface as you work. Add more coats of Rub ‘n Restore® until
faded or stained areas are concealed. One coat of color will be more
transparent and may suffice. More layers of color provide a darker, richer tone. Multiple coats will be required to completely change the color of the surface. OK, let’s use the hair dryer now. Clear Glosser is a wonderful topcoat. Apply it exactly the same way as the color. It adds luster and deepens the
color and provides an extra layer of protection against wear and tear. It also makes an excellent base coat if you want to begin with it. For the purposes of demonstration, we’re only doing one coat on this sofa. Additional coats would be required to get complete coverage. Cleanup is gonna be easy. Rub ‘n Restore® is water-based and wipes off with cleaner from non-permeable surfaces. Avoid spilling it on carpets or fabric. You want to use the hair dryer to finish up. Your project is ready for use as soon as
Rub ‘n Restore® is completely dry. It will not rub off on clothing. It cures
to its full strength and 48 hours. We’ve been restoring leather and vinyl this
way since 1986. Have fun, and enjoy what you can do!