How to Go About Leather Recolouring

Leather recolouring can make old furniture look new again, and it can help extend the life of your favorite piece. However, it is important to know how to do it properly.

Professional leather colour restoration companies colour damaged leather so it looks as though it is new. The process is done in a specific sequence to ensure the repair is permanent.


Leather recolouring is a complex process that requires specialised products to ensure correct preparation, even application and quality sealing. It is a skill that should only be attempted by qualified professionals.

Firstly, clean the surface well and remove any old top coat. This will allow the dye to penetrate into the leather and give you a better finished result.

To do this you will need to apply a deglazer. Fiebing’s Deglazer is suitable for this task and will strip away the old finish and colour, allowing you to recolour the leather.

The next step is to apply your dye, you should use a water based product as solvent based or oil based colorants will cause irreparable damage to your leather. You will need to apply several layers of dye until you reach the desired colour. Upon reaching the required saturation, you should let the leather dry before applying another layer.


Leather recolouring is a great way to update and refresh your furniture. It covers up blemishes such as sun exposure, dirt, and stains that can leave your leather items looking old and worn.

The dyeing process is a delicate one that must be done correctly to ensure quality results. It involves many steps and specialised products, so it is best to have the work carried out by professionals to avoid mistakes and achieve high-quality finishes.

Before dyeing, it is important to make sure that the leather has been cleaned of any dust or other extraneous material. This will help the dye penetrate into the surface more effectively and provide better results.

Once the leather is clean, it can be dyed using any number of methods. The most common is dipping, but there are other options as well.

To keep dyeing as mess free as possible, use a cloth or sponge to apply the dye to the surface of the leather. This is a good method to get the color you want and ensure it covers all of the areas.


Sealing is a good way to prevent leather dyes from wearing off and maintain their colors. It can be done easily at home and does not take much time or effort.

After applying dyes to your leather piece, it is important to leave it to dry for a few hours before sealing. This step will help protect the underlying leather and moisture the natural fibers, which can make the color last longer.

The sealer may be a natural product such as beeswax or a synthetic one such as Resolene. It should be applied evenly to the leather item and left to dry completely before buffing to a shine.

The process can be used to seal any dyed leather that has been made by hand or purchased from a craft store. The best sealer will provide a layer of protection against water and other elements and will not change the look or feel of the leather.


Leather is a surprisingly durable material when cared for properly, but over time it can be damaged by scratches and stains that can leave the leather looking tired and old. A little recolouring and some minor repairs can make your furniture look as good as new again.

To achieve this, we use specialised products that encompase a number of steps to ensure correct preparation, even application and quality sealing. These are all performed in a highly professional manner by our team of trained professionals who can undertake the job from start to finish in one visit.

The process involves sanding the leather to remove loose material and prepare the surface for application of color. This is to allow the new finish color coat material to absorb into the leather and “take root” to become permanently embedded.

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