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A Comprehensive Guide on How to Prepare Your Leather for Recoloring

Embarking on the journey of recoloring your leather is an exciting way to breathe new life into your cherished items. Whether it's a worn-out leather jacket or a faded sofa, preparing your leather properly before recoloring is key to achieving a vibrant and long-lasting result. In this guide, we'll walk you through the essential steps to ensure your leather is primed and ready for its stunning transformation.

Understanding the Importance of Preparation:

Clean Slate:

Before diving into the world of recoloring, it's crucial to start with a clean slate. Removing dirt, oils, and any previous coatings ensures that the new color adheres evenly and that the recoloring process is as effective as possible.

Surface Smoothness:

Preparing the leather surface by addressing imperfections such as scratches, cracks, or uneven texture is essential. Smoothing out these areas ensures a consistent and professional-looking finish once the recoloring is complete.

Steps to Prepare Your Leather for Recoloring:

Step 1: Clean


Leather, much like our skin, has pores that need to be free from debris for effective recoloring. Our leather recoloring balm works by absorbing into these pores. To ensure optimal absorption, start by cleaning your leather with Clyde's Leather Cleaning Foam:

  1. Apply Clyde's Leather Cleaning Foam to the intended recoloring area.
  2. Use our horsehair brush to massage the foam into the leather using circular motions.
  3. Wipe away residue and dry the leather surface with a lint-free towel before moving on to the next step.

Step 2: Prepare

Clyde's Recoloring Balm

Differentiating between absorbent and non-absorbent leather is crucial before applying Clyde’s Leather Recoloring Balm. Perform the absorbency test by placing water droplets on a undamaged leather surface. If the water is absorbed and the color darkens, your leather is absorbent. If the water sits on the surface, indicating non-absorbency, follow the steps below:

For Non-Absorbent Leather:
  1. Use Clyde's Leather Prep and Deglaze to strip the leather section you wish to recolor.
  2. Dab cotton balls in the preparing solution and rub in circular motions until the area becomes absorbent.
  3. Wear gloves during this step, and avoid skin contact.
  4. Repeat the absorbency test. If the droplets are now absorbed, proceed to the next step.
For Absorbent Leather:

Congratulations! Your leather is absorbent, and you can move on to step 3. If the water is absorbed, it means the manufacturer's original leather finish has worn off or was never applied. Proceed with confidence to the next step in the recoloring process.

Ready for Recoloring?

Leather Bags

Ready to give your leather items a fresh start? Leather recoloring goes beyond mere aesthetics – it's a transformative process that breathes new life into your beloved pieces. Rather than just a cosmetic touch-up, it's a rejuvenation, reviving the vibrancy and character of your leather. Clyde's Leather Recoloring Balm is your go-to solution for this revitalizing journey. Whether your leather has faded over time or you're looking to change its hue, Clyde's offers a range of recoloring balms designed to bring back the richness and depth of your favorite items.

Take a look at our wide selection of our top-selling recoloring balms here.

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