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Cognac Vinyl & Leather Finish

(62 customer reviews)


Cognac is a rich saddle or butterscotch color. It is similar to our Mocha but more golden. It is lighter and more golden than Walnut.


Use it like a dye on aniline, full-grain leather and vinyl upholstery to:

  • restore appearance;
  • condition, seal, and protect.

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

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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62 reviews for Cognac Vinyl & Leather Finish

    March 23, 2020
    This product and the repair solution has saved me from having to by a new couch. I had holes the size of a walnut and discoloration, you would never know that there was ever an issue!! Amazing products. I wish I would have had a before picture to post, unbelievable the difference.
    Barbara Sapp
    February 3, 2020
    It was awesome. turned out simply beautiful, thank you.
    Cognac Vinyl & Leather Finish photo review
    Wanda Perez
    January 14, 2020
    Worked great for Italian leather sofa!
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    December 9, 2019
    This product was incredible and SO easy to use. Gave me exactly what I wanted for my couch. I posted the before and after on my Instagram page and I had SO many responses. People couldn’t believe you could do this to a couch. Thanks for your product! I shared it with everyone who asked :)
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    Austin Stevens
    September 15, 2019
    Greta stuff! Didn’t get a great before picture but the end result was great. The couch was a faded/stained yellow color, the cognac dye worked great!
    Harriet Brown
    September 6, 2019
    Awesome product and easy to use!
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    June 1, 2019
    Here are my before and after pictures for Cognac :) Love this product!
    Chairs recolored with cognac leather dye
    Lori R
    May 28, 2019
    Took a chance buying some used, high end magenta swivel chairs based on your videos. Super happy—thank you!!
    I did experience a bit of anxiety because I initially wiped off parts of prior coats each time I tried to add another. I started to worry i didn’t clean it enough, etc (but it’s been a month or so of heavy use and it’s wearing great so ?‍♀️?). It was completely dry so wasn’t that. In retrospect I think maybe my sponge was too wet—and then not wet enough, LOL. Anyway i switched to pouncing the sponge which worked great AND I found that allowed me to add a bit of... I dunno, subtle variegation or dimension to the color/finish. Happy accident since I think it looks better than having it just one completely even color anyway.
    Cognac Vinyl & Leather Finish photo review
    Ralph & Heather
    May 7, 2019
    Here are some photos to show you that Rub 'n Restore works beautifully in New Zealand as well as in the USA! We are very happy with the results.

    We used a 16oz and 8oz of cognac dye plus an 8oz of clear prep. We did 5 coats of dye, then a 50/50 with clear prep. It was still shinier than the original so we did a 6th coat of dye only to get the satin effect. There is still plenty of dye and clear prep left for any repairs in the future.The 20 year old dark green leather looks ok in photos but was rather tired close up as we brought up 3 kids who jumped all over it for years on end! It was also too dark for our current home decor. The Cognac looks fabulous and fits very well with our decor.

    Many thanks for your helpful suggestions as well as the excellent product.
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    Maggie Miller Interiors
    May 7, 2019
    LOVE my "new" cognac leather sofa!
    Before and after photo of leather chair restored with cognac leather dye.
    Lynn B
    May 7, 2019
    I really appreciated the instructional videos.

    The cognac dye covered permanent ink, deep head sweat stains and unknown spills. I used the clear prep between coats, with the dye on some coats and alone for the final coat. I did this inside with pets all around, and the dye was pleasure to work with and made no mess while drying quickly.
    Leather chairs recolored with cognac dye
    Kathleen D
    May 7, 2019
    My favorite comfy chair is allowed back in the living room after years of being banished to the basement thanks to Rubnrestore Cognac treatment!! Your leather "tonic" is amazing!

    After going through your website information and videos I was ready to try it and I am SO impressed!

    I ordered the desired color, which arrived SO quickly; prepared the chair, as directed; then I chose to pretreat with the Prep & Finish, which turned out to be REALLY helpful as the now pretty 'raw' leather didnt absorb the dye as quickly and I could 'move' it around easier. Finally I added some Prep&Finish to my dye to give the chair more of a satin finish and Voile!!   I am SO pleased with how easy the whole process was--took about 4hrs start to finish! And beyond thrilled with the finished product!!! THANK YOU LADIES!!
    Leather chair restored with Cognac color dye
    Katherine Laub
    May 7, 2019
    I’m somewhat cheap when it comes to furniture. With a baby and cat (and let be real, I’m really messy), I know our furniture will get a lot of wear and tear, so I take FREE furniture whenever I can. We were given a chair and loveseat in a red leather. It’s not my style, so I decided to change it! YALL. I used  Rub ‘n Restore, Inc.  Leather Dye and changed it to a beautiful Cognac color. I dyed both pieces of furniture THIS AFTERNOON. It’s so easy and pretty much foolproof. I still need to buff and shine the nail heads, but c’mon, the difference is crazy.
    Before and after pictures of white vinyl ottoman changed to Cognac with Rub n Restore vinyl paint
    Jennifer F
    May 7, 2019
    Before and after photos of a leather chair that has been recolored
    May 7, 2019
    I love your product! Check out my before and after. From red to cognac. Easy and quick!
    Before and after leather chair is colored with cognac dye
    Jada D
    May 7, 2019

    Wow, just wow. Thanks for great, easy to use product.

    Before and after photo of leather couch recolored with cognac dye
    May 7, 2019
    I just wanted to send you some pics of the finished project. I love it! Thanks for all your help. I used your repair stuff to repair the cushion and it worked great. And used the cognac making a 50 50 glaze with tha clear and wiping a lot of it off after it was somewhat dry to get a distressed look.
    Richard M.
    February 12, 2019
    In the process of restoring a 45 year old airplane I was considering recovering the 4 seats, at a cost of more than $1,000. The original vinyl seats were in decent condition, but the color was worn and faded from the sun. I have had good experience with Rub 'n Restore before so I figured it was worth a try. The results were fantastic - three light applications and the seats look almost new again. Using Rub 'n Restore saved me a considerable sum of cash - thanks.
    Angela S.
    February 8, 2019
    My client was going to get rid of her much loved leather sofa and loveseat...but I told her I could bring the life back to it...they chose cognac which was similar to what it originally was (although now it was super faded and scratched and pen marks & paint covered.) After 3 coats, they were amazed, "looks like a new sofa" they said. very happy. great product.
    Lisa A
    January 15, 2019
    Perfect match found through variety offered. True to sample.
    January 8, 2019
    Worked like magic. Very pleased!
    Before and after leather couch restoration cognac color
    December 24, 2018
    “Love it!”
    December 10, 2018
    Has restored a chair to look like new. Easy to use. Great product
    November 27, 2018
    Beyond anything I imagined.
    October 1, 2018
    AMAZING AND MIRACULOUS PRODUCT! I transformed a 2nd-hand burgundy/wine colored vinyl reclining sectional into the MOST BEAUTIFUL Cognac-colored sectional! We are more than satisfied customers!
    August 13, 2018
    Sure I was nervous to purchase, what can go wrong.. You name it. But none of it happened. Product is easy to use. Simple and that how a product should be,
    A leather couch that has been restored with cognac brown dye before and after photos
    July 28, 2018
    “I am sure you get a ton of these, but I wanted to let you know that I am very happy with the results. The stock color wasn’t an exact match so I dyed the whole sofa except for the back. Now waiting for it to dry…The project took me about 4 hours. Thanks again.”
    Leather furniture that has been recolored with cognac brown dye
    Sherri, Albuquerque, NM
    April 6, 2018
    “Second time I have used Rub 'n Restore products and it is like magic! How to take old and make it brand new! Easy to use, dries fast, instant success! Yes, Dad is converted! We LOVE the results.”
    April 4, 2018
    I was worried this wouldn't work going from a dark color to a light....but it worked perfectly! This product is AWESOME! So glad i found it.
    A leather loves seat that has been restored with cognac brown dye before and after photos
    Laura, Corpus Christi, TX
    March 4, 2018
    “Thank you for making a great product that is super easy to use!! I will definitely recommend this to everyone!!”
    February 1, 2018
    I used the Cognac Leather and Vinyl Dye on a office chair that was originally a very close color. The chair is a combo of vinyl and leather, with a leather seating surface and vinyl on the arms, back and sides. The color on the vinyl surfaces had either worn off completely as in the case of the arms or turned an odd greenish shade on the sides and back.I used clear prep and finish. Then I put 2 thin coats of cognac on the leather seating surface and sides and back. I put 5 coats on the arms to bring them back to the same color as the rest of the chair. I topped it off with a coat of clear prep and finish. Everybody has commented it looks like a new chair. It was easy to do and has saved a comfortable favorite chair from the landfill.
    December 13, 2017
    I was dubious about this product but my couch was so bad that I had nothing to lose. The transformation was incredible! From a couch that was destined for the dump to something that looks brand new.
    December 12, 2017
    I love the color. It worked exactly the way you discribed it.
    It looks like new.
    A leather sofa that has been restored with cognac brown dye before and after photos
    John, Carbondale, CO
    September 15, 2017
    “The furniture looks even better in person! Thank you for a great product and clear instructions!”
    August 25, 2017
    Your product is F A N T A S T I C. color, clear coat great.
    great job LADIES
    A leather chair restoration with cognac brown color before and after photo
    Melanie, Broken Arrow, OK
    June 29, 2017
    “I restored the ottoman first as a test and, although it’s beautiful, the couch has more of a brown tone and when the ottoman was next to the couch, the orange tones in the cognac really stood out, so I sent a sample for a custom color. The pictures I sent of the ottoman are before I put the custom color over the cognac.”
    April 4, 2017
    Excellent product! Changed the color of an entire sectional with a 16oz bottle with some left over! Took about 3 coats to get good coverage and was time consuming but worth it in the end! Be sure to follow the directions and use the proper sponge!
    Jeanne A Dean
    February 7, 2017
    I purchased cognac in 2014 when my niece recommended it. I never got to it until this year. I purchased 8 oz bottle and ran out. I ordered an additional 16 oz and was concerned that the color might have changed, but it arrived and was exactly the same. It was easy to use and very thorough. Both sofa and love seat look marvelous. Cognac is lighter than my previous red brown color.and covers completely. I love it.
    Before and after leather restoration cognac color
    Haydee, Gouldsboro, PA
    December 24, 2016
    “I just want to say how fabulous this product is! I did my couch and it came out gorgeous. Thank you so much for making such a great product!”
    November 21, 2016
    This is a fantastic product. I had hard time getting full coverage with another brand and it was awful. Love rub n restore. Works great!
    Black leather saddlebags refurbished with leather dye
    Steve, Denver, CO
    August 24, 2016
    “Thought I would send pics of the completed color change of the black saddlebags to brown. Thanks for all your help, came out wonderfully.”
    Before, during, and after photos of off-white leather chair changed to Cognac with Rub n Restore leather paint
    March 1, 2016
    WONDERFUL! I cannot believe the transformation! Easy, great effect and inexpensive. Love it!
    Jane Gauss
    January 15, 2016
    A mix of the Forest and Cognac (thanks to the personal help from CC) produced the exact green I was looking for. Not only did this product transform a teal leather into a NEW chair, it took away the scars of years of use. The videos and personal phone help gave me the confidence to do this. I am a retired decorative painter, and went into this project with a definite color and professional results in mind. I received both and will use this product on another leather chair I have at our summer home. Thank you, Rub 'n Restore--this is an amazing product .
    Kathy Perkins
    October 17, 2015
    Three large piece leather set with additional hassock covered with cognac color perfectly ! Only used one bottle for this set with 4 coats ! Looks like we have a brand new living room set !
    A leather chair re-color before and after photos
    Rob, Philadelphia, PA
    August 12, 2015
    “Awesome! Brand new! Thank you for your wonderful company!”
    Steve M. Lytle, Texas
    July 13, 2015
    This stuff is amazing! Turned our worn 23 year old leather sofa into the centerpiece of our home. We went from a light beige to the deep and beautiful cognac. Can't believe the outcome, very impressive!
    Before pictures of sun-bleached leather furniture and after Cognac Rub n Restore leather dye
    James, Annandale, MN
    June 24, 2015
    “I used roughly 30 oz. of dye for a chair, loveseat, and sofa, and it took 9.5 hours to complete. Great product!”
    Chuck R.
    March 18, 2015
    Old leather couch (15 years) looked tired and worn; cleaned it up, filled in the cracking leather and used about 4-5 coats of Rub&Restore after using clear-prep. The couch was dark gray-blue, and now is really nice color (cognac).
    January 16, 2015
    Application was easy drying was fast was able to use in 48 hours and very dog proof....
    Ron D.
    December 4, 2014
    My loveseat and sofa where old and stained. The recliner wasn't even part of the set. After I was doing staining and sealing all three, then all look new and they have the exact same matching color. My living room hasn't looked better. Great product.
    Kim B.
    September 12, 2014
    I received your products today and couldn't wait to get started. I was only able to do the seat cushions and ottoman tonight, but those are what needed the most work. I am thrilled! They look so good! The cognac color worked perfectly for my saddle-colored aniline. I love it. And it was so easy! I'm going to do the chairs tomorrow to get the color to match the cushions and ottoman. Thank you so much!
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    Cognac Vinyl & Leather Finish photo review
    Mary, Highland Park, NJ
    August 13, 2014
    “I had this worn down and out leather sofa. I was skeptical of this or any product working. I was absolutely blown away with the results.”
    July 8, 2014
    Love, love ,love theses products but cognac was a bit too yellow for me. Returned for a custom color match.
    June 22, 2014
    Purchased product w/ high hopes based off of reviews from amazon. Couldn't be more disappointed! The color is terrible. Most cognac colors have a more brown tone to them. Too orange.
    Sherri Nielsen
    May 10, 2014
    2nd year I have used Rub'nRestore products and it is like magic! How to take old and make it brand new! Easy to use, dry's fast, instant success! LOVE THIS PRODUCT! ;-)
    Robert Morris
    May 10, 2014
    Used this product to bring back life into my 1976 mercedes interior. WOW!!!! this stuff is amazing. Worked on all the vinyls, seats/door panels and even the bits of plastic trim like the handle and side pockets which are hard plastic.

    This really is an above and beyond product. Super easy to use, great price, and fantastic results.
    April 26, 2014
    I don't know how you did it, but you truly have a product that worked far beyond my expectations.

    I don't have any before photos, but the $115.00 we spent on two bottles of dye and one bottle of clear coat has successfully restored two couches, that I believe are valued at over $2000.00!

    These couches had ink, wine, and dog urine stains that we thought had rendered the furniture unsavable. They were faded, cracked, dry and ugly. Frankly, my wife and I were embarrassed to have guests see them.

    After six coats of cognac, and one coat of clear coat, they look like new! We have dye and clear coat left over for future patchwork because of the dogs and sun damage from the window.

    I will recommend Rub N Restore to anyone who desires to resurrect their leather furniture.

    Thanks again,
    March 18, 2014
    I admit, I was a bit skeptical when we purchased the Rub n Restore system, but with the results we've had I would recommend this to anyone looking to restore/dye leather furniture. 5 Stars!!!
    February 19, 2014
    I watched the instructional video before purchasing. It was really as easy as the demonstration. I bought the small bottle and started with an ottoman before the large chair and sofa. Can't wait to get started on the next pieces. The color was very close to the original color of the furniture. I did this to show my husband that I can change the color of my living room furniture that is an off white color. I want to make it darker.
    Before and after photos of a leather footstool that has been dyed with cognac brown rubnrestore dye
    Kim, Buda, TX
    November 2, 2012
    “I received your products today and couldn't wait to get started. I was only able to do the seat cushions and ottoman tonight, but those are what needed the most work. I am thrilled! They look so good! The cognac color worked perfectly. I love it. And it was so easy! I'm going to do the chairs tomorrow to get the color to match the cushions and ottoman. Thank you so much!”
    Leather lounge chair re-color before and after photos
    Jessica, Indianapolis, IN
    April 23, 2012
    “First, I just used some Cognac dye and Clear Prep Finish to restore an imitation Eames chair and ottoman I found at a consignment store. It was pretty cracked and worn looking before, but now looks brand new thanks to Rub 'n Restore!! Everyone I've shown it to can't believe the transformation. The pictures don't do it justice but you can see a definite difference!”
    Before picture of oil stained aniline leather couch and after Cognac Rub n Restore
    Matthew, Jacksonville, FL
    January 1, 1970
    “I used the cognac as a base with a small amount of walnut to darken it and then tinted that with a little organic yellow from ADV Leather. I then glazed the couch with that color first. I then used a slightly darker version (more walnut) to put a second print coat on top. I used a mixture of the clear and the dull topcoat from ADV Leather to create the matte glaze. To deal with the streakiness of the Adv product, I would apply the colorant with the sponge and then go over that tapping with a damp wax application sponge (the ones covered in terry cloth) to smooth the application. Buffing with a polishing cloth also helped. I then top coated the couches with a mixture of 60/40 clear/dull and once dried for a day buffed this to get the somewhat satin appearance. I am stoked! Having used the ADV color line to tint, I am very glad to have used your line to do the meat of the work. Looks really good to me. We will see how it holds up, but I think it should be good to go for awhile! Oh, I also added feet that I stained later on. No other improvements were made.”
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