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How to avoid painting brass tacks or nails on my leather furniture?

Some folks painstakingly remove and reinstall all the brass tacks from their leather furniture. Alternatively,

  1. Try to ‘cut in’ each nail using an angled artist’s brush (or cut your sponge on the diagonal to make a precision wedge). If this is too painstaking, you can just paint the whole nail, taking care to massage the color into the nooks and crannies between each nail. Work in small sections.
  2. Before the color dries, spray a single spritz of water from a spray bottle on the nails and then dab with a rag. The water will flush excess color from the nooks and crannies and hard-to-reach sides of each nail. Or you can use a dry brush, rag or other damp sponge to remove excess color, but the water method is fastest and easiest.
  3. Rub ‘n Restore® doesn’t stick very well to metal. Remove any remaining color from the nails by buffing with superfine steel wool or cleaning with with rubbing alcohol and a q-tip.
  4. Repeat until all the leather next to the nails looks good.
  5. Then focus on the surrounding leather panels.

TIPS: Always apply color to the areas with brass nails first, and then move on to nail-free sections.

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