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Actually, I did NOT use the Clear Prep + Finish! In pre-experimenting, I noticed that I needed the full strength Dye to get to get the coverage, as you mentioned might happen in your published directions. I had pre-cleaned with alcohol and 409. As it turns-out, the Dye by itself dried with the same sheen as the existing couch sheen!!! I actually only really used two coats.
In trying to repair the worn areas before I found Rub-n-Restore, I went to half a dozen furniture stores in Bakersfield, asking if they carried a dye type repair product. In every case, I was looked at like I had just landed here from another planet; I was astonished!!! I did find one upholstery repair shop that said, if I brought it to him, he could "paint" it for $300!!! I quickly left and came home started Googling!! The reason I spent so much time looking here, is that I wanted someone to talk to face-to-face and maybe see some actual examples of re-dying before somewhat going with blind hope on Google!!! I was most impressed by your website and so here we are, with you with a very happy customer!!! You have an excellent website!!!
You now absolutely have a happy customer in Bakersfield, California!!!
Good job ladies!!! I would have no problem selling this product it’s awesome.
I was nervous about the project. Could’ve use more information about how to apply just to small scratched areas.
Also more detailed info for how to clean up spills would have been helpful.
Great customer service, and having the swatches was so helpful!
Very happy with the results.
I wasn’t planning on doing the whole project in one sitting, but it was so easy it seemed silly not to finish it.
The experience with the product was good, it dries fast, so you can recoat the same day. I did 3 coats on the furniture, and a few retouches later, the next day.
I\'m so happy with the result!! It feels I have a new furniture in home!!
I won't lie, purchasing Rub n Restore was a salvage mission. I was prepared to replace the couch if it did not turn out satisfactory. After all, 20 years is a good return on money for a couch that has been bounced on, spilled on, vomited on, cried on, slept on, played on, sweated on, and just over all well loved.
But, after 2 days of work, and lots of elbow grease, I do not have to replace our old friend. It is brighter, and the whole room seems happier.
The original color of the couch matched your beige color exactly, but to add a lift, I used 3 parts beige to 1 part ivory color. The difference is stunning.
I tried to take the below pictures in the exact same light, and even though the "before" pics look a little dark and makes you wonder if it is a lighting trick, it is not. The difference is that significant. You would never know the worn areas were ever there, and the leather on the whole couch feels like butter, even over the worn area where I used extra product.
I followed your prep instructions to the T, used the cleaning product you sell, alcohol to de-glaze, very light sanding over the worn areas to make them smooth, and then the Prep and Finish. After that dried, I did some color testing where I came up with the 3:1 ratio I used. I applied multiple thin layers of color. Then topped it all off with 2 laters of Prep and Finish. I did a few touchups after the first layer of Prep and Finish, then the final one.
The worst part of the process was between the cushions, since they are attached. All I can say, if anyone looks between the cushions, they will see a consistent color, but maybe not as even as the rest of the couch!! This would probably be easier with 2 people. Or 3 arms. The video helped, but still, profanity was evoked. And there is paint all over my hair dryer.
The before pictures are after a very thorough cleaning of the entire couch, believe it or not.
Some tips for others:
Follow the directions provided. Watch the videos. Don't take shortcuts.
Move the furniture before you start so you can easily get around all sides and reach all areas without having to move the furniture again.
If the Prep and Finish is foamy as you put it on, your sponge is probably too wet, rinse it in the sink and squeeze it really dry. You will have to do this more frequently than you think.
Clean and re-wet your sponge often when applying color. It makes it go on smoother and more even. It is easy to forget to do it as you are engrossed in the process, then get frustrated that it is not going on as expected. I cleaned my sponge in a sink every 2 "sections". Also, the sponge needed to be a little more wet for the color then for the Prep and Finish.
You may need multiple sponges for a large project that uses many coats. Replace the sponge on the first sign it is degrading (small pieces falling off the sponge). It will only get worse from there. Finding a piece of sponge stuck in your finish stinks!
The shine from Prep and Finish when used as a Finish may show some inconsistencies in the color you did not see before, so be prepared to do color touch-ups and re-coat with the finish.
Shine is awesome!!!! (OK, that is opinion, not a tip)
When you think you have covered everything with color, look again, you probably haven't. Peek in the cracks and around the piping, you really have to be diligent around the piping, especially in the corners. Same with the squishier cushions that have a lot of wrinkles. Stretch the wrinkles out to get good coverage. Just keep looking. Also, look in different lighting. What is perfect in the late night hours under indoor lighting shows imperfections in the light of day (I think there is a country song about this).
Only one person should apply the color. Each person may have a different technique, and it will show in the final finish. This also prevents marital fighting. Or only allow your husband to do the back that is facing the wall.
I find applying the color to the attached back cushions easier if I am standing behind the sofa. Start at the bottom, then work up the cushion back. It decreases back strain for a large project with attached cushions that requires many layers of prep, color, and finish. You just have to make sure to check the evenness of the color application when you do this.
Don't think you will complete a large project in an afternoon. And you don't have to. The product will wait, so will the furniture.
Don't be afraid. You can fix any application imperfections you don't like. Also, leather is not perfect, so your final finish will not be either. Some of the beauty in leather are the imperfections.