How To Paint Leather Furniture

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If your leather furniture looks faded, or it doesn't match your new decor, you don't have to reupholster or replace it  You may think it is impossible to paint leather furniture, but white it is tricky, it is possible. Leather furniture can be painted with paints specially designed for leather, including metallics. Paint your leather couch by following these steps.

Prepare to Paint the Leather Furniture

To paint leather furniture, gather:

  • work gloves
  • eye goggles
  • dust mask
  • drop cloths or plastic
  • painter's tape
  • soft brush
  • hand towel
  • wool dauber 
  • fine sandpaper 
  • alcohol cleaner or leather bleach
  • rubbing alcohol
  • leather patch 
  • flat paintbrush  or foam brush 
  • acrylic leather paint

Choose a well-ventilated area to paint, or raise a window, and wear a dust mask. If possible, take the piece outside or in a garage, and set it on drop cloths or plastic. Let the piece dry for two to three days after painting.

Repair and Clean

Spread the plastic and drop cloths over the floor, and cover parts you don't want to be painted with painter's tape. Lay cushions separately on a flat surface to make painting easier.

Fix cracks with leather patches or leather glue, and let it dry. When the repair dries, sand it lightly, and clean dust. Use an alcohol-based cleaner to clean the piece, rinse, and let it dry. 

If the sofa is very dirty or moldy, mix leather bleach in a pint of cool water, but not hot, and gently scrub the furniture with the soft brush. Be careful not to get bleach on the skin or in the eyes. Rinse the cleaner using a damp rag, and let it dry, or dry it with a towel.

Paint the Furniture

If the piece is suede, you will need to remove protective layers before painting. Dab a rag in rubbing alcohol, wipe the surface, rinse, and let it dry. Lightly sand the entire surface to help the paint bond, then wipe the dust off. You may also purchase a commercial leather preparer and deglazer to prepare standard leather. 

Make a primer from one part water and one part acrylic paint, and use the wool dauber for small surfaces or brush for large areas. Use a detail brush to get in between crevices and seams. Let the primer layer dry, checking for cracks by flexing the material. Brush another primer layer on the surface, and let it dry. 

Apply several thin layers of paint, until you get the desired color, dab the drips with a rag, then let each layer dry separately. For a stronger surface, paint the first layer in one direction, then the following coats perpendicular. Remove the skirt for a two-tone look. For more information, contact your local upholstery services today.

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