Rub-off is typically caused by wax, silicone, or oil-based conditioning products, which leave a residue that inhibits the pigment’s ability to bond. Did you clean with alcohol? Did you do the tape test for adhesion? If you need to re-prep the surface, work with denatured or rubbing alcohol. You only need to strip the areas that are getting poor wear (recall the old adage, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”). Touch-up is easier than the initial restoration.
Color changes experiencing poor wear can also be due to:
- bonded, faux, or polyurethane (PU) materials which resist all coatings and are discouraged,
- loosely upholstered furniture with lots of wrinkles and folds (and therefore movement),
- exceptionally worn and thin upholstery,
- or pieces that receive a lot of contact with chemicals/liquids or dog claws.