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Starter Color Analysis for Matching

(48 customer reviews)


Starter Color Analysis Fee covers:

  • Testing of our colors and/or various combinations directly on your swatch to achieve the closest match. We’ll also determine if Clear Prep+Finish™ is needed for priming, glazing, or finishing.
  • Professional consultation and tailored DIY solution for your project.
  • If our line of colors do not yield a satisfactory match, you can upgrade to a Custom Color and pay only the difference.
  • All colors and Clear Prep+Finish™ sold separately.

Note: You will need to mail us a swatch of the material that you want us to match.

Pre-order the Starter Color Analysis with credit card or send a $20 check with your sample and Analysis Request Form to have your swatch analyzed.

Download the Analysis Request Form


Find a Sample

The bigger the better, preferably at least 3″ x 1″ in size.

A sample can be any of the following:

  • Swatch of the original leather or vinyl (found underneath cushions, along inseams, or stapled to the frame)
  • Cushion case
  • Paint chip from a hardware store
  • Fuse panel cover or headrest from a vehicle (wrap carefully to protect from a box cutter)
  • Piece of drapery or flatware

Swatches often do not resemble their faded counterparts. If so, neither will our color, and you may have to refinish the entire piece. In this instance, you may prefer going with a less expensive stock option.

Photographs of your pieces are helpful in determining quantity of dye needed, but we cannot mix a color to a photograph.

Send a Sample

Please fill out and include the Custom Color Request Form. If you mail a physical component such as a headrest, cushion case, etc. we recommend insuring the item with the freight carrier in the event it is lost or damaged.

Download the Analysis Request Form

Send your sample and completed form to:

Rub ‘n Restore, Inc.
PO Box 1149 (US Mail only)
42812 Hidden Mesa Lane (UPS & FedEx only)
Paonia, CO 81428-1149

48 reviews for Starter Color Analysis for Matching

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    Starter Color Analysis for Matching photo review
    Starter Color Analysis for Matching photo review
    Cheryl F
    July 13, 2019
    Mahogany and Walnut mix was perfect!
    Starter Color Analysis for Matching photo review
    Starter Color Analysis for Matching photo review
    Starter Color Analysis for Matching photo review
    Starter Color Analysis for Matching photo review
    Starter Color Analysis for Matching photo review
    Tim H
    July 9, 2019
    How nice is this. 2 parts camel, 1 part espresso. Thanks so much for all your help. WHAT A GREAT PRODUCT! THANKS!
    June 13, 2019
    Instead of replacing 4 cream coloured leather recliner chairs, with the Rub'n Restore leather dye, I was able to fix the stained areas. For $70 I was able to save $8,000.
    Thank you!
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    Rebecca Jennaway
    May 10, 2019
    I am so immensely and thoroughly happy with your product! I rank this product a 100 on a scale of 1 -10!
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    Mike P
    May 10, 2019
    Mix of rust and wine. Looks beautiful. Great product. Thank you. Everyone loves the color brings, can't wait to see rust color on chair.
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    M Vance
    May 10, 2019
    Anyone interested in getting rid of UGLY marks on your leather anything? I was!! My short haircut has worn this ugly mark on one of my favorite and most comfortable leather recliners. I called around and professionals wanted $200 and up to repair. I found Rub N Restore on YouTube. Well, $45 later TAKE A LOOK!! The company was great, unbelievably helpful, answered all of my questions, and I bought enough stain for many many more applications, if necessary. IT WAS FUN TOO!! Only took 10 minutes.
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    Joan N
    May 10, 2019
    It took me all afternoon and part of the evening, but I'm thrilled with the results!! Thank you so much!!  I put these pictures on Facebook and have gotten lots of good comments!
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    J Schmidt
    May 10, 2019
    Thanks again for your products and your help!!! It's fun, too!!!  Now I want to buy old furniture and restore it!!  If i do...I know where to get my supplies!!  Thanks again!
    May 10, 2019
    I can not thank you enough for all your help.   This was easier than I could have imagined.   I did the bench first (in the garage) to get comfortable with the application and then did the chair where it sits in the living room. The bench color was equal parts Cherrywood, Rust, Cognac, Walnut. The color for the chair (equal parts Cherrywood, Mahogany, Wine), where I only did the seat cushion, matched EXACTLY as you can see (I think the apparent color differences in the chair photos are due to the lighting since I only did the seat). Many thanks again.
    May 10, 2019
    Thanks to CC’s color analysis, the eggplant/wine color combo worked perfect for my couch. My worn couch is looking new again, you have saved me hundreds of dollars. Thank you!
    Jane Gauss
    May 10, 2019
    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.
    May 10, 2019
    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.
    May 9, 2019
    I did order the color match first, but decided to just order the mahogany color, received it today, applied per directions, fantastic transformation! So far, very pleased, hope it lasts. The sofa looks like new!
    Dorothy Graff
    April 21, 2019
    I highly recommend this product for restoring worn out faded leather furniture. The process is time consuming but so worth the end results. I chose to do color analysis and the color was a perfect match to the original color.
    March 21, 2019
    Frankly speaking I didn't expect that that matching would come out 100%. Credit goes to RubnRestore. I am a satisfied customer and would highly recommend sending in a sample for color analysis if you are not sure.
    March 6, 2019
    My husband and I acquired a severely damaged couch and loveseat. Former owners had allowed a cat to claw and destroy the arms and back of the two pieces. The owners of this company matched the color perfectly, talked us through the repair and the color restoration. It was truly amazing! Great customer service and great product. Will recommend to everyone.
    February 5, 2019
    Thank you for your outstanding efforts and support. My sofa looks great!
    December 4, 2018
    I am at it again! This time I am re-stuffing my other tired sofa and using Cherrywood with a dash of Espresso with clear finish. I am so hooked.. Thanks!”
    November 1, 2018
    Original Aniline chair that had faded to a golden amber from an orange/brown. First try with Cognac and Cherrywood. Too rust color for my liking but not terrible. Then added yellow oxide universal colorant to Cognac. I may change it to Espresso, flat, no shine later!
    September 13, 2018
    Love seat purchased from the Salvation Army for $150. Amazing, almost like new, after dyeing using 1/2 black and 1/2 Cherrywood.
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    Starter Color Analysis for Matching photo review
    Starter Color Analysis for Matching photo review
    Starter Color Analysis for Matching photo review
    Starter Color Analysis for Matching photo review
    Michelle H
    September 7, 2018
    THANK YOU for all your help & expertise!! 2:1 Rust:Cherrywood was perfect!
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    Starter Color Analysis for Matching photo review
    Starter Color Analysis for Matching photo review
    September 3, 2018
    Mix of Mahogany and Black. Amazing! Thank you!
    Sherra Jones
    August 28, 2018
    I was so pleased with the result of my sofa and chair. They look brand new!
    August 21, 2018
    This was my third project with this company, and all turned out great:-)
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    Starter Color Analysis for Matching photo review
    August 21, 2018
    I am an artist and I have done a lot of restorations with a lot of products and polyurethane and paints. Your product is off the charts amazing. It doesn't have noxious odors, doesn't stain anything except what it's supposed to stain, is completely brush - stroke forgiving, doesn't ruin my clothes, a project can be finished in a day....I could go on for pages! I am so happy I tried your product. Brown parsons chairs bought on eBay. Turned out to be very cheap looking and not leather. RubNRestore half Buttercup and half Sage. The photo looks lighter and yellower than the real green. The actual color is a light apple green. Love it. Thank you!!!
    July 25, 2018
    Easy to use and great color. The staff was very supportive and easy to talk to.
    Kent Steen
    June 12, 2018
    After much research I engaged Rub and Restore to match the color to an expensive leather recliner. The instructions were most helpful and above all, the color matched and we are restored to the original shade of camel. Staff were most helpful.
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    Starter Color Analysis for Matching photo review
    Starter Color Analysis for Matching photo review
    NC Hawk
    June 8, 2018
    I had a leather recliner I loved that had faded badly in the seat cushion. The rest of the recliner was 'as new'. I sent a swatch and a picture and they mixed 3 products and the result matched the original color EXACTLY. Application took about 20 minutes for 2 coats. This company, their service and their products are amazing. If you are matching an existing color you'll be shocked at how little product is required. I did 2 leather pieces and both bottles are still almost full.
    April 15, 2018
    The results of my color analysis was very close. Instructions were explicit and easy to follow!
    John, Acton, CA
    March 6, 2018
    I restored the leather seats in our 2004 Hyundai XG350L. Your color match was right on and exact. Perfect! Rub 'n Restore was easy to use and the front seats look nearly brand new and are a perfect match to the rear seat in color and texture. The rear seat has hardly ever been used and is in like new condition. This car, which we've had since new, currently has more than 372,000 miles on it and is used daily as a commuter vehicle into Los Angeles. Fantastic stuff! Thanks so much!
    March 6, 2018
    The match was not exact but close enough
    charles shaw
    January 17, 2018
    had dog scratches on our leather couch. Rubnrestore matched the color and sent dye along with gloss finish. Amazing results.
    Restored our severly dmaged couch
    Angela schreiber
    January 16, 2018
    This product works great It Is smooth on my sofa, I was not able to get an exact color match even supplying my swatch it looked good on swatch but on a larger area was too light. Never the less this is a great product
    December 31, 2017
    Our "Diva" Dog did a number on our leather loveseat...lots of scratch marks. It was fairly new and expensive and we wished to repair it, but could not find the right product. Rub N Restore provided excellent products and support to repair and restore our loveseat. It really looks like new. Thanks.
    November 8, 2017
    Got it, applied it as per directions and am very happy with the color and appearance. Be careful stirring as it splatters easily
    November 2, 2017
    So proud of myself that I even decided to tackle this project. I sent a sample of my leather chair and the leather dye was matched perfectly by your company. Followed the directions and chair looks as if nothing was ever wrong with the leather. I am so proud of myself.
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    Starter Color Analysis for Matching photo review
    Starter Color Analysis for Matching photo review
    Lenore, Rimforest, CA
    August 4, 2017
    Don't get rid of your leather furniture! Restore it or change the color! I saved this $1200 leather chair for under $100 using Red Chili and Rust colors.
    Velkis, Atlanta, GA
    July 12, 2017
    As you know, I went to a high-end leather sofa store and I fell in love with a specific leather sofa color. I then sent you a sample of the hide and you were able to match the color perfectly. After a few hours, I was was able to transform the boring tan leather sofa that just did not go with my room to a luxurious piece.

    Thank you ladies for helping me create the perfect color for my home. The interaction between us helped the process go quickly, and by the time the colors arrived, I was ready to rock and roll. I love the end result and the sofa is even more beautiful in person. Thank you for making this possible affordably and as easy as 1-2-3. I'll be back soon!
    Larry D
    March 12, 2017
    We are so happy. We only did the seat cushions and the match was perfect. The couch and loveseat look like new.
    Debbie, Littleton, OR
    January 12, 2017
    Awesome product! 2:1 mix of walnut and mocha colors.
    Linda H
    January 11, 2017
    I just wanted to let you know my leather couches turned out great!!! I mixed together the two colors like you suggested, and it blended right in with my existing color. I let it dry then mixed together
    the dye and clear prep-finish and went over both couches, top to bottom. The couches are almost 20 years old and they look new again. I never thought it would be this easy to repair leather furniture..I'm
    So happy!!! Thanks again for helping me.
    December 1, 2016
    Analysis results recommended 1:1 Eggplant:Mahogany. Color is exact, and the loveseat looks brand new! I couldn’t believe how quick and easy it was. I have a clay / taupe couch and love seat that have been retired to the basement. They need this too, and I will send another color swatch for analysis.
    September 28, 2016
    I thought of getting rid of my leather sofa since the color was worn out in multiple places.
    As a last resort, I inquired locally with a leather restoration company who quoted upwards of $250 to fix it and I wasn't ready to pay that much for this 5 year old sofa.
    That's when I ran into Rub n Restore while doing some research online and I am so glad.
    To start with I wasn't sure what color blends with my sofa which is where the color analysis really helped.
    I was provided options and suggestions and I also spoke to customer service to make a decision.
    Based on that, I went with a 1:1 mixture of Walnut & Mahogany with Clear Prep + Finish.
    The task of applying the color was a breeze and took me around 4 hours with a total DIY cost of $100.
    And my sofa looks like a new one now. I highly recommend Rub n Restore.
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    Starter Color Analysis for Matching photo review
    Starter Color Analysis for Matching photo review
    Terese, Austin, TX
    September 18, 2016
    That is my 15 year old sofa! I thought for sure that the product would spruce it up a little but the results were ridiculously amazing. There is no trick photography. I used a 2:1 mix of Rust and Mahogany. That is literally 20 minutes of rubbing some dye with a sponge. Drinking a margarita for 30 minutes, then going back over with clear for 5 minutes. I had a leather person at my house three years ago that wanted $2k to restore my leather. I can't thank you enough. And btw- your customer service was over the top- I wish every business was like. I am going to cry!!!”
    Starter Color Analysis for Matching photo review
    Starter Color Analysis for Matching photo review
    Starter Color Analysis for Matching photo review
    Starter Color Analysis for Matching photo review
    Rose, Urbana, IL
    June 27, 2016
    Pics of my first before and after. My husband thought I was crazy when he loaded up the $80 leather sofa bed. He could not believe how wonderful it turned out! The longest part was mixing my own color using your stock options. I only dyed the bottom cushions and arm rest. I love restoring things, thanks again for your great product!”
    Kristina, El Sobrante, CA
    May 31, 2015
    I am supremely pleased with the outcome, and it’s a beautiful addition to my home.

    Kristina stenciled a cobblestone pattern onto an ottoman using Ash, Slate, Peppercorn, Ivory, Camel, and Turquoise. The project is documented in her blog, The Brain Squirrel Monologues.
    Mera, Anchorage, AK
    October 17, 2014
    As you can see there are lots of tufts and folds on the chair, but it was really simple to dye. You just sort of pull and smooth the creases back and rub the sponge over all of it. It honestly couldn’t be easier. If not for job and kid duties this could have been done in a single day, but I did it over several mornings and evenings. In fact there were a few mornings when I got dressed for work, went down to the basement to put on a quick coat of dye, and then headed out the door for the day. It’s not a messy process at all!

    Mera used a mixture of Camel and Cognac. Read the full blog at RedHouseWest.
    Kinsey, Springfield, MO
    July 30, 2013
    This project was SO EASY. It took about 20 minutes to stain both chairs and another 15 minutes to apply the clear sealing coat. Vinyl furniture will never intimidate me ever again. I don't know how many times I've passed up a cute piece of furniture because it was the wrong color. Well, not anymore. This stuff, it's magic. And not only is it for furniture, but it can be used on purses, shoes, wallets, etc. The project list is endless.

    Kinsey used a mixture of Rust and Camel. Read the entire blog post at Sincerely, Kinsey.
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