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Will Rub ‘n Restore® change the grain or texture of leather or vinyl?

Red and tan Rub ‘n Restore® colors applied to bright blue leather do not affect the appearance or feel of the original hide’s grain.

Rub ‘n Restore® does not alter the grain, texture or feel of leather or vinyl unless heavily applied in many, many layers during a single restoration. Our formula is very thin but pigment-rich acrylic resin that can conceal stains or even change color in a few coats.

Three to five thin layers are typically adequate unless you’re doing a radical color change from dark to light. Fifteen or more layers will begin to obscure the grain and have more of a plasticky feel.

However, because Rub ‘n Restore® Color will gradually wear and require touch-up later, additional restorations should not alter the surface’s natural grain.

Color can always be stripped with denatured alcohol.

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