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Black Vinyl & Leather Finish

(61 customer reviews)


Black is the most versatile color. Use it to restore color and condition aniline leather, finished leather, vinyl upholstery, rubber and plastics on auto interiors and exteriors, and even shoes, jackets, or purses.


This pigment-rich finish is technically a paint but rubs in naturally like a dye. Use it to:

  • conceal stains and fading;
  • condition and add UV protection.

It applies easily with a sponge and will not alter the feel. It won’t peel or rub off onto clothing.

Each bottle comes with gloves and stir stick.

Before You Buy

We recommend using a primer before applying to plastic.

Please read about dramatic color changes before undertaking one.

Rub ‘n Restore® products are not recommended for fabric, suede, nubuck or faux (bonded) leather. Learn more about material types or peeling bonded leather.

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61 reviews for Black Vinyl & Leather Finish

    January 10, 2020
    The steering wheel is perfect now.
    January 7, 2020
    My cat destroyed my living room set I wasn’t ready to buy a new one so I was looking at other options when I found Rub & restore, read reviews and decided to give it a try I am so glad I did! This product is awesome! I went from 12 years old brown/red ripped couch to brand new black. It took a lot of coats with every coat it look better and better!!! I used clippers to shave cat scratches than patched it with glue where required and used filler in holes, it looked much better even before I applied the color. I am very happy with result and been telling everyone I know about Rub& Restore. For my big couch and big loveseat I used 16 oz of color and 8oz clear. I am not sure yet if I like it since put a clear coat on because it makes very shiny I might have to put an other coat of black over it. Still very happy
    January 1, 2020
    One of my workers let his dog that has extremely long nails on my couch and it ripped holes and claw marks in it I repaired it and then I use this on the seat and it looks like new. I have used Rubnrestore Products on my sunbleached spa cover. I am going to redo my leather car seats because they’re getting a little worn. This product is nothing short of a miracle.
    Lacey Albright
    December 4, 2019
    Seriously amazed with this product! It took several coats but I am very pleased with the end result!
    November 15, 2019
    It covered way more and easier than I anticipated. Covered purple leather to black easily, with three coats.
    Black Vinyl & Leather Finish photo review
    November 6, 2019
    I loved crafting but this was by far one of the easiest projects I have ever done.
    Lisa Tabor
    October 25, 2019
    Holy leather transformation! That was the most fun DIY project I've done in a long time. Was I skeptical? Yup. Was I blown away. OH YEAH! Not only did the black cover VERY well, it was easy to apply, and basically error-proof. We did take the recliner back off to allow for me to get into the crevices as best I could. Applied two or three coats of the leather Prep and Finish. (Full strength, not cut with the color.) Man, it looks so good!
    Lynn Doty
    October 21, 2019
    This is the second time we've used the product and we are true believers. First time was on our family room couch and it worked like magic. This time was on my BMW interior. It looks brand new! The only reason I didn't give 5 stars is that the dispenser/bottle leaks like CRAZY and we had quite a mess on our hands and driveway. Once opened, it would not seal again.
    Reply from lesandre:
    Thanks for the glowing review, Lynn. And we're sorry about the leaky cap. We chalk it up to manufacturing defect from our bottle supplier. We've experienced this issue before though it is rare and impossible to spot in our bottling process. We can always send you another cap and/or bottle!
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    October 14, 2019
    Thank you! I just recolored and gave new life to our nothing-wrong leather sofa of 20 yrs. worked great!

    I ordered peppercorn. I needed to cut the blue-ish tint down. I was happy with dark gray but in our lighting, it never looked right. So on next coat, I started with black and mixed in peppercorn 2/1.  Then I finished with a glaze mix of same with the conditioner. It did darken it up more than I realized, but I love it.
    October 3, 2019
    Fantastic. Dyed my  my couches years ago in a small apartment from beige to expresso brown. Still have them today. Knew when
    I wanted my bundle inversion table changed from grey to black to match my room....Rub n Restore would do the trick. Looks great. Super product.
    September 9, 2019
    What a fantastic product and so easy to use. My gold/yellow chair is now black and looks really good. So glad a friend told me about this product. You really do have to have the finishing product to put on to make it shine or it doesn't look as good.
    August 22, 2019
    The black didn't work for me. Dried very flat and not very dark. Even after adding a clear coating over it, it wasn't a very dark black.
    July 16, 2019
    Amazing product. Completely renewed a leather ottoman. Looks brand new! Provided excellent advice over the phone beforehand, re color and finish. Thanks, great company and great business, highly recommend!!
    Black Vinyl & Leather Finish photo review
    July 13, 2019
    I'm so glad to have all the furniture the same color!
    June 25, 2019
    Only took an hour to totally transform my 25 year old leather sectional. Before it was all marked up and drab, after using this it looks great and my wife has stopped asking for a new sofa!! Well worth the time and moneyl
    Cracked leather chair
    Leather chair that is repaired
    Two black leather chairs
    Cracked leather chair
    Paul S
    June 10, 2019
    We are in the business of restoration of structures in historical districts and preservation of furniture and artifacts. Current projects include structures in Ft Worth Texas and Taos New Mexico. Your products have proven to be versatile performers and superior products, and we saved a few hundred dollars for reupholstering with new leather on these two chairs. The end result was better than new leather, inasmuch as the surface condition was renewed while retaining much of the well earned, period appropriate character of the old leather.
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    C Goldstein
    May 7, 2019
    THANK YOU for selling me the small bottle of Black Dye.   You may recall, I'm changing the piping color on my motorcycle seat from Red to Black since my Motorcycle is Blue.   I attached a photo of my initial test....The match is exceptional!   You ladies ROCK!
    Picture of turquoise couch changed to black with Rub n Restore
    Bob Fisher
    May 7, 2019
    Attached are before and after photos of my leather couch that is 32 years old. Its a great couch and very comfortable but the 1980's teal color had to go. Your product worked perfectly. I received it  on Monday  and after 4 coats, I got the results I wanted. I rarely take the time to give this kind of feedback, but I was so happy with the results I had to write. I really liked having the flexibility of being able to adjust the sheen using the gloss sealer. I will spread the word!
    March 13, 2019
    There are a couple products out there that appeared to do the same thing as Run 'N Restore so I did my homework. I went with this product as the reviews were AMAZING. Just about every one ranted and raved about how easy and how good the product worked, so I decided I'd give it a go. I ordered the peppercorn as the color chart and pics made it look like it was one step from black. That was not the case. It is definitely a lighter blue gray color. After I did two coats and decided the color wouldn't match the living room (nothing wrong with the actual color, it looked good) I decided to go with black. BUMMER as I had to order and pay for another bottle knowing the first would go to waste but that's life. I wish I could have returned the unused portion for a partial credit. Anyway, I got the black and after 5 coats it turned out GREAT. Exactly what I was looking for. Not a jet black but more like a dark charcoal. NICE color. I am more than satisfied. Followed the instructions and just used an ordinary sponge and that was all it took. I would HIGHLY recommend this product. I was ready to buy a new couch and love seat and don't need to do that now. I purchased the larger bottle and still have a quarter bottle left after doing 5 coats on a full size couch and love seat to include the back side. The product is really amazing. Hard to believe these are the same couch and love seat. Buy it. You won't be disappointed.
    March 12, 2019
    I had high hopes for this product. I was going to dye several chiropractic tables. I tested the product by dyeing 2 vinyl bolsters. It went on easy and covered well. After 2 days of drying time I tested the adhesion by rubbing it with a wet paper towel and also Clorox wipes. With a little rubbing both removed the dye. I certainly cant use it on tables that people will be lying on. Disappointed for sure.
    Stormy Greenawalt
    February 21, 2019
    Amazing product and easy to use !!! I recommend this to anyone wanting to change the color of there furniture, my old leather couch looks like new !!
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    November 5, 2018
    Here are before and after photos of our very kid, pet, and sun loved living room set! Your product was easy to use and very budget friendly. You saved us thousands from not having to buy a new set. So glad I tried this!
    November 5, 2018
    I began to wonder if I had done the right thing by applying this dye to the car's vinyl running boards. The first coat didn't go on that smooth and looked pretty streaked. HOWEVER, after the 4th coat of dye and two applications of Clear Prep+Finish it lOOks like NEW again!
    Ronny T
    October 30, 2018
    I was looking for a leather stain and was pleasantly surprised to find rub and restore. When the product arrived and it arrived very quickly I followed the instructions but wasn't pleased with how the application work so I did it my own way I actually used a brush and the seat came out so great this was for my car the side panels came out so great and the bottle last at me throughout the whole project I still have some left very satisfied.
    Collage of leather boots and leather jacket before and after black Rub n Restore leather dye
    Adrian Kelly
    October 15, 2018
    I have refurbished two leather jackets and a pair of boots with Rub n Restore and it has worked brilliantly. I can't recommend this product highly enough. Extremely simple and fast to use with a brilliant finish.

    Last year my wife used it to refresh our couch and arm chairs and it did a fantastic job of that too.
    Picture of filthy vinyl chairs changed to black
    September 21, 2018
    These vintage patio chairs were pretty weathered and ugly. Now they look fresh and are good for several more years in the sun!
    Black Vinyl & Leather Finish photo review
    September 21, 2018
    I bought a $400 ottoman with four stools inside of it, and somehow in the store it looked like it matched, but once delivered, it did not. I was devastated. It was very dark brown, and I wanted grey or black. Your product changed it to black, and I couldn't be more thrilled. It was hard to believe how easy it was to do. I used four coats and still have a ton. The round stool is the original brown color. Thank you so much... now it's perfect.
    Black Vinyl & Leather Finish photo review
    August 12, 2018
    Once I'm finished, my couches will look new, and I bought them used on Craigslist! When I first started, seeing how thinly it went on, I was really worried I'd run out!! I still have at least 1/3 of a 16 oz bottle left, haven't used any of the second 16 oz bottle yet. I think it may just be enough with the one 16 oz bottle. I'll have tons left, which is good, I can keep redoing it as needed thru the years. Thanks!
    July 23, 2018
    Black dye review aniline couch
    Kim, Draper, UT
    June 17, 2018
    Hi, it's been a year since my first purchase and I bought more product to update my sofas. I have two big dogs and I let them rough house all they want in the sofas. This gives them an interesting distressed look and people often think it's intentional. I don't mind it so much, but my husband isn't so fond of the look, so I decided it was time to renew them. These were originally waxed aniline, oxblood red. I had trouble with the wax and you ladies helped me figure out how to get the wax off with denatured alcohol so the dye wouldn't flake off. Well that helped quite a bit, but the dogs still managed to wear off a lot of the dye. Now that I updated one and can compare the two, I still like the rough and worn look a little better. But the husband is happy. :-)
    Car dash re-colored
    Randy M.
    June 6, 2018
    I bought a 2018 iM Toyota Corolla. The designers thought the black dashboard would look snazzy with a white lightening bolt. I did not. The upholsterer wanted $430 to take the dash apart and wrap the offending white bolt with black vinyl and put it back together. I said, "No, thanks" and found Rub 'n' Restore. I couldn't be happier with the result. I took it back to the dealership to show them how the iM could look with a little touch up. Next week, I'm going to show the upholsterer, too!
    Sarah D.
    June 1, 2018
    I ordered this confidently based on other reviews and testimonials but was beyond impressed with the results on my destroyed loveseat! Even with only one coat and my half assed patching job ( I have ZERO patience) it looks 100% better! I would recommend!!
    March 21, 2018
    I redid a turquoise leather couch with the black dye. VERY happy with the results. Couch looks fantastic. It took 3 coats to cover, still lots of product left. Fantastic!
    February 12, 2018
    My product came thick and unable to use
    February 8, 2018
    I couldn’t be happier with the end result!
    January 5, 2018
    Arrived frozen and still worked great
    November 21, 2017
    The service is exceptional. They answered tons of questions even before I made a purchase. After the purchase they worked with me to get the exact result I was looking for. Outstanding folks.
    November 6, 2017
    Very pleased with this product
    October 5, 2017
    Had orange paint all over saddle bags.A few coats looked brand new.
    Before and after black to white color change on leather chairs
    Ralph, Lancaster, PA
    April 9, 2017
    I ordered Rub 'n Restore to change my cream/white leather chair to black. I can't believe the results. It took approximately 15 coats to change from white to black. About three hours total I'd say (the hair dryer makes a huge difference in dry time). The Rub 'n Restore product was very easy to use, and I only used about a quarter of a large bottle, so it does go a very long way. This chair costs around $2,000 new. Now for under $40 it looks just like new. My friends can't believe it is the same chair! Thank you for the great product and how-to video.
    Pam W.
    February 8, 2017
    This product is awesome, it gives great coverage. My couch, chair and love seat look brand new.
    January 2, 2017
    I am so impressed with the dye and how easy it is to apply.
    Taos historical rehab addict
    December 26, 2016
    I initialy bought filler, black color, and this sealer to try to salvage leather seats in Spanish antique chairs for a Taos rehab project. If successful, I'd save about $700 for a custom leather reupholstering job. not a bad gamble for roughly $60. after refinishing the wood to clean and age appropreate condition, I worked on the leather, and the finished product is MUCH better than new leather. It retains some aged character, but appears all new. the clear sealer was the finishing key.
    Afterward I used the clear on a very high quality but neglected leather couch, cushions, and pillows, all really old, dry, dirty, and well used. After a quick cleaning of the surface (409), six coats of clear with an hour dry time between coats, and you'd swear these pieces were just delivered from the King Ranch saddlery and leather works. Maybe saved $5,000 replacement of those beauties.
    And then there were the barn boots, ugly but in good condition... like new now with mahogany color and two clear coats.
    Keep a quart of clear handy. I completed all the above ob less that 2 quarts, and saved a bundle.
    David W
    October 13, 2016
    I love your product! I ordered, for the 2nd time, black yesterday. It is amazing! With my first order of black I refurbished a 40 year old black leather wing back. I could have sold 10 of them. Customers fought over it!
    M Canda
    August 20, 2016
    Great product
    Andi Hurtig
    July 15, 2016
    I'd be lying if I said I wasn't terrified about dying my leather love seat. I watched the videos, gloved up, and got to it. It really is as easy as the videos imply. I chose Ebony so my coverage was noticeable immediately - by the second go around, the color was lush and I was inspired. After applying the Clear Prep & Finish the luster was evident. The next day, I napped on it - even drooled a bit, and the dye held up! I'm sold on this product and have told everyone - Their initial reaction is always, "You did what?! You dyed your leather love seat?!!" - Yes I did....I can't wait to do it again. This is easily the best product I've come across - ever!
    March 20, 2016
    This is my second purchase to touch up the rub n restore project I did last year. We have two used, red, waxed-aniline sofas in fabulous condition, but I wanted black sofas. I purchased black and clear and mixed 3:1 for a slight sheen. First try was a flop -- I didn't get all the wax off, so the dye flaked off on to everything. I was extremely disappointed and so I called to ask for help. We talked it through and the ladies suggested odorless mineral spirits or denatured alcohol. I went with denatured alcohol and water 1:1 to get the Wax off and the adhesion was nearly perfect. The product doesn't soak in to dye or stain the leather -- it only covers over the leather so high-use spots will wear off. We have two big dogs that play on the sofas, and so after a year, about 1/2 the total coverage has worn away. The result in our case looks like intentionally distressed leather. It's easy to use, dries super fast, and makes much more sense than buying a new sofa. I don't worry about the dogs wearing down the color, and I feel like very small investment and time to refresh the color is by far a better solution that getting new furniture. I give the product 4 stars because it is semi-permanent and wears off over time. So while it's a very good Solution and an excellent value, it's not perfect.
    January 12, 2016
    It was really scarey experience, knowing so little about dying leather, in ordering the dye over the inter-net because there were so many negative opinions regarding a water base dye adhering to leather and/or vinyl. But decided to order your product anyways based on the positive testimonials on your web site and very,very glad that we did. Following the directions that came with the product and on your web site, the product worked out very well and the results were beyond our expectation.
    August 17, 2015
    barely used half of the 8oz bottle of black to recolor my Selig lounge chair from ugly yellow-tan to lustrous black! Matched with walnut stain on the plywood. From trashy to Classy!
    April 6, 2015
    The rubnrestore was very easy to use. It took four coats to change a purple chair to black. The first
    Coat looks very streaky but it seems to prep the leather for the other coats. It is very fast and we only
    Used a half a 8oz bottle. The finshed product looked very professional.
    April 6, 2015
    I sent a sample of my sofa to Rub 'n Restore. They analyzed it for free and recommended a 2:1 ratio of Wine and Black rather than paying the extra fee for a custom color. Started the restoration of our sofa on the weekend. I can't believe how it came out. It looks brand new! Glad I found Rub 'n Restore. Great product.
    March 5, 2015
    I had two old hunter green leather chairs and 1 old brown sofa. I dyed them black and it was amazing! I have brand new furniture for the cost of 1 bottle of dye. Excellent, excellent product!
    Ruth de Vries
    January 29, 2015
    Thank you for your excellent product. I had called a leather place to find out how much it would cost to dye a recliner chair from brown to black and I was quoted over $700.!! I was given this chair by my sister who was getting rid of it, so the cost of your product was worth the chance that it didn't work - but it did - beautifully!! Thank you for my new black leather recliner chair. :)
    October 13, 2014
    I recently took my cognac leather couch and loveseat and dyed it black. The coverage was awesome and the process was so easy.
    L & M
    August 28, 2014
    We are beyond satisfied with Rub 'n Restore products. We changed our brown 12 foot couch to black and it looks fantastic.
    August 27, 2014
    Great product that restored our heavily sun damaged leather cushions to a nice, even black color.
    Easy to use. We put 2 thin (thinned with water) coats on the most damaged areas and had a even color in the end. Use the sealer to add a sheen.
    Ken N. Bella Vista, Arkansas
    August 4, 2014
    I recently refurbished a 2007 MX-5 Miata with scuffed and scratched seats. I looked a several products but went with Rub'nRestore because it was Water based and the application video demonstrated the ease of application. I did necessary prep with simple green and alcohol and the process was very easy. I treated the worst panels and seams let dry. I two coated the entire seats, drying between coats. I let the dye cure as directed, and put on the clear coat. Results were Awesome !!
    Several club member will be getting their black back in my garage !!
    July 25, 2014
    Used this on my ancient green leather couch and it now looks like a new black couch! Although it does require quite a bit of time to apply (full size couch with many wrinkles) it is great for those who want an affordable product.
    June 24, 2014
    Great product ,
    June 15, 2014
    Covered my Beige colored leather perfectly in one coat. My problem is that I didn't order enough, I'm gonna order 16 more ounces this coming payday. I highly recommend this.
    June 2, 2014
    We used it to transform a chair from bright red to black. Part of the chair is leather and the other part is vinyl, and the product worked equally well for both and the color is consistent. Easy to apply and dries quickly. After doing the chair we went out of town for two days and by the time we got back it was fully cured. We have been sitting on it daily every since, and it has not rubbed off or smudged. I would recommend this product to anyone.
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