Cracking in chalk painted leather

by Karen
Hi all
Can anyone help please? I have chalk painted a leather chair, after a few weeks its cracking? any ideas? I live in the UK, so some products used in USA are not available.
Thank you

  8 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Apr 06, 2018

    Heres a procedure. if this helps you figure out what happened

  • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on Apr 06, 2018

    I would have tried it, too. But it’s possible your leather is only leather clad. In that case, the paint wasn’t really covering deeper leather; it was really covering the much thinner fabric holding the leather on. A few weeks is not long. If the cracks are all over and you are not ready to buy a new sofa, go ahead and buy a sofa cover. I’m sorry. Maybe someone else has better news. ☺️

    • Karen Karen on Apr 06, 2018

      Thank you for the reply, I know what you mean regarding the clad, but mine is an Italian leather chair, so isn't that. Fingers crossed, I find a fix


  • Jeffrey Jeffrey on Apr 06, 2018

    See if it’s under warranty. You may have a good claim if it’s that new. Sounds like a defect.

    • Karen Karen on Apr 06, 2018

      Thanks for the reply, its not nits been painted a few weeks, about 2 years old now, but Italian leather, so hopefully I will find a fix ?

  • Bijous Bijous on Apr 06, 2018

    Chalk paint either has plaster-of-paris in it or another similar substance. Therefore, it will crack on a movable surface such as leather. Continue to crack it as much as possible. You may find that you like the look (because there's no stopping it). Good luck.

  • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Apr 06, 2018

    Hi Kazrobinson5,

    Did you wax the paint when you finished? I'm not a chalk paint user, but I've read that it has to be sealed. If you use instructions, check those to see if you did every step. Wishing you the best.

  • 17335038 17335038 on Apr 06, 2018

    Jewell has a good point about the leather covering on your sofa possibly being leather composite only, and not solid leather.

    • Karen Karen on Apr 06, 2018

      Its Italian leather, so not that, but thanks for the reply

  • Sharon Sharon on Apr 07, 2018

    There is an additive called "GAC 90". You can add to various paints and makes it more playable. Contact a fine art or faux finishing store to find where to get it.

  • Karen Karen on Apr 07, 2018

    I will check that out. Thank you for that. very greatful