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Can I dye or restore a leather purse or bag?

Rub ‘n Restore® leather finishes are excellent for recoloring or restoring genuine leather purses and bags.

Handbags are heavily used, so color changes may require touching up along edges, high spots and areas of stress or friction. Touch-up is easy, depending how complicated your initial technique was. Minimize touch-up by choosing a color that complements the original. Dab or stipple to create a mottled appearance, so future wear looks natural and intended.

Clear Prep+Finish™ is recommended to add durability and protect clothing.

Please note: our product is a pigmented finish, not a dye. The warm, velvety feel of unfinished, absorbent leathers like aniline and semi-aniline may slightly cool as a result of finishing them with our products. However, they will still breathe and be more stain resistant.

Do not use our products on suede, nubuck, or patent leather or peeling synthetics made of bonded (polyurethane) leather. An interior label should indicate what material your purse is. Or learn about types of leather.

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