Can you dye cracks in leather furniture?

by Pat
I have some leather furniture that has cracks in it with no color. Can these be dyed? Thanks.
  22 answers
  • Cheryl Cheryl on Nov 22, 2015
    There are several PINS Pinterest showing how people have dyed leather furniture, Bet you ca find the solution to your problem. Just type i dying leather furniture in the search box, Good luck.
  • Cheryl Neubert Coccaro Cheryl Neubert Coccaro on Nov 22, 2015
    I have used a matching shoe polish CREAM to blend in and then buff to a shine.
  • Janie mcneil Janie mcneil on Nov 22, 2015
    I found some paint for leather furniture at a JoAnns store near me and since my furniture just refused to take the dye or the shoe polish I used this..bought 2 different colors and mixed them for the color I needed. It too wears off after a while but I just paint it again. This was an act of desperation because the company sent a man out twice to redye it!
    • Pat Pat on Nov 22, 2015
      Thanks Janie. We do not have JoAnns in Canada . i will try Michaels. what was the name brand?
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Nov 22, 2015
    I would try to find a fabric marker for leather and test a small spot to see if it will blend.
  • Pat Pat on Nov 22, 2015
    Thank you Cheryl. I will look for some shoe cream and try it.
  • Rhonda Lyon Rhonda Lyon on Nov 22, 2015
    Weiman Leather WIPES that you can buy at the store work pretty good, too. They seem to restore the moisture back in to the leather. You might want to try some of those. I get them at Walmart in the cleaning section.
  • Rosemarie Randolph Rosemarie Randolph on Nov 22, 2015
    If there is a Tandy Leather store nearby, or Hobby Lobby also carries, Tandy Items, I would look there for permanent leather dye or even antiquing [however, this one may have a tendancy to rub off] and get a small bottle of the dye. It works very well. I would go a shade lighter, rather than darker, though, as it will blend better.
  • CK CK on Nov 22, 2015
    Yes, if it's real leather it can be dyed. If it's bonded leather (i.e. fake/faux leather) no.
  • Tracy Shudo Tracy Shudo on Nov 23, 2015
    Well I bought a product to fix a free bonded leather couch. the paint is called Leather Studio, when I was mixing the colour, used red and green to make brown I wanted, well I bought my husband a real leather office chair some time ago and as I was on my knees I saw that the burglary was looking like what you showed. I mixed up a close colour and then used a sponge to dap on paint. It worked great!!! Paint is called Leather Studio from maker of plaid. It also works way better on shoes than shoe polish. Good Luck.
  • Davene Runyan Davene Runyan on Nov 23, 2015
    I also use shoe polish for my leather couch where it shows wear. Apply and rub in, amazing how well it looks.
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    • Davene Runyan Davene Runyan on Nov 24, 2015
      You will have to reapply depending on use of item.
  • Theresa Kralik Theresa Kralik on Nov 23, 2015
    I resell furniture and have used most brands of shoe polish on leather. Furthermore, I polish my brown leather chairs. I like the polish that comes in the small round tin because I can control it better. Brown shoe polish on brown leather will give you the look you seek. Buff well to ensure that the polish doesn't rub off on anything. This is a very fast easy project. Don't be afraid.
  • Faye Campbell Faye Campbell on Nov 23, 2015
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  • Dianna Dianna on Nov 23, 2015
    Can you use upholstery repair kit from the auto repair store?
  • Martha Martha on Nov 23, 2015
    I had worn spots on a cloth upholstered chair where the white cross threads showed through. I colored them with a matching Sharpie. It's good for a while.
  • Terry Pelham Terry Pelham on Nov 24, 2015
    I found a leather dye at a shoe repair shop and used it to touch-up a black leather handbag. You cannot see the repair. It has not rubbed off but the repair was recent so I cannot say how long it will last. I did clean it with leather cleaner before I applied the dye. For cracked leather a leather condition might be helpful before repair.
  • Patricia Bell Patricia Bell on Nov 24, 2015
    You can paint the leather with velvet finishes paint. You see it on here at times.
  • Judi B Judi B on Nov 24, 2015
    Thank you! I'll give it a try!
  • Janie mcneil Janie mcneil on Nov 25, 2015
    its called Leather Studio, Pat
  • Pat Pat on Nov 26, 2015
    Thanks for all your answers. I live out and away from town, so I am finally getting into town to hopefully check out some of your suggestions. Pat
  • Wanda sinnema Wanda sinnema on Nov 29, 2015
    My late husband had many many musical instrument cases, usually leather in eariler times,, plus an uncle was a cobbler (from Italy) a trick he used was good old fashioned past shoe polish (KIWI-comes to mind) he used on his shoes.. alway looked like new,, Looks like the sofa has sat in the sun- that dries out the leather,, try a conditioner on it also
  • Pat Pat on Dec 04, 2015
    I used the shoe polish idea. It seems to have filled in the cracks.
  • Ann Ann on Oct 16, 2019

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