Leather Paint Provides an Economical and High-Quality Solution – Colorbond Paint

Leather Paint Provides an Economical and High-Quality Solution

Posted on June 30 2021

Leather Paint Provides an Economical and High-Quality Solution


Recoloring a leather item is usually far less expensive, and sometimes easier than replacing the leather item itself. Also, it allows for creative freedom with a wide variety of colors available from leather dye and leather paint manufacturers. For these reasons, many people choose to have leather recolored, whether done by a professional, or by themselves.

Many people use the terms leather dye and leather paint interchangeably, yet the two are quite different. Dye sinks into the leather, while paint adheres to the surface of the leather. Leather dyes are either spirit (alcohol) or oil based, while leather paints are primarily acrylic. It’s like comparing apples to oranges.

Experts agree the most important criteria for a quality leather recolor job are that the finish retains its color, it doesn’t crack or peel, and that the leather grain texture remains and isn’t obscured by the film thickness of the material used for recoloring.

When it comes to long term color retention leather dye is prone to fading after time, while good quality leather paints adhere to the surface and will retain their color over the long-haul.

As for cracking and peeling over time, leather dye doesn’t have issues, as it is not a surface coating. However, leather paint is a coating, and depending on the formulation used by a leather paint manufacturer, it may or may not have problems with lifting, cracking, and flaking. More on that later.

Leather dye is not a coating, so it does not affect retention of leather grain texture. Once again, formulation of the leather paint is important, and some brands have a film thickness that obscures leather grain texture definition.

Other factors distinguish leather dye and leather paint from one another. Paint is more forgiving on finer work. You can apply it with small brushes, even fine-point paint markers. Leather dye transference onto clothing is a common occurrence, especially if it is aniline or semi-aniline. A good quality leather paint won’t do this. Also, you can’t use leather dye to change leather to a lighter color, but you can with leather paint.

Leather Couch Recolored with ColorBond LVP Refinisher

The negative aspects of leather dye, as well as that leather paint is generally easier to work with, leads many people to choose leather paint for their projects. However, leather paints are not created equal.

Leather paint is available in solvent-based and waterborne formulations. Many solvent-based products are touted to be flexible for use on leather, yet are stiff, which often causes cracking and peeling. Waterborne products were created to be softer and more flexible than solvent-based coatings but can have issues drying evenly and so need to be force dried with a heat gun, which can be time consuming.

Which brings us to ColorBond LVP Refinisher leather paint.

LVP Refinisher is an easy to use, revolutionary molecular bonding paint that penetrates deep and enables users to recolor leather and obtain a beautiful finish that is hard to tell apart from an actual leather surface. LVP has long-term durability, dries to the touch in 45 seconds and forms a molecular bond within 10 minutes.  Its strong bonding properties and flexibility keep it from flaking, cracking and peeling. LVP Refinisher provides excellent coverage yet has a thin film thickness that allows the original leather grain texture to show through.

Leather Jacket Painted with ColorBond LVP Refinisher

Jacob Ramirez, founder of JM Reconditioning, an automotive interior reconditioning business, says “LVP Refinisher has the finish characteristics of waterborne, and the advantage of the quick dry time and uniformity of being solvent based; The best of both worlds with the disadvantages removed. ColorBond also has a higher concentration of colorant in the carrying medium. Which means it has excellent coverage and can be applied in thinner coats than other products. So, it doesn’t have issues with cracking and peeling.”

LVP Refinisher can also be used on vinyl and plastic. So, for example leather car seats as well as vinyl and plastic interior trim pieces can be color matched with the same paint.

As previously mentioned, recoloring a leather item often far less expensive than reupholstering or replacing it. Consider these examples:

Here, a customer used 8 cans of LVP Refinisher to restore her couch. "I'm elated with the results," she wrote. "Unbelievable!" That’s a cost of $132 for the LVP Refinisher versus $1,000+ for reupholstering in leather.

Here a ColorBond customer trusted ColorBond with his Ferrari Dino! He applied four coats of LVP Refinisher and used a total of seven cans at a cost of $115.00. Compare that to the $8,800.00 cost of the replacement upholstery!

Did you know that ColorBond LVP Refinisher is the only aerosol car interior paint available in OEM approved colors? in 1996 we began seven years of testing and collaboration with Ford Research Labs to earn two Ford OEM Worldwide Performance Specifications for our LVP Refinisher. These highly sought-after specifications are accepted by all vehicle manufacturers and are the gold standard for OEM performance and quality.  We’re honored ColorBond LVP Refinisher is used by Ford for interior repairs on their assembly lines. And it’s the same interior paint all of our customers can buy.

Currently, LVP Refinisher is available in over 205 colors and includes OEM correct colors for these manufacturers:

Leather paint provides an economical and high-quality solution.

For more information on ColorBond LVP Refinisher click here.

Reviewed by: Malcolm Johnson

Reviewed by: Malcolm Johnson

Malcolm Johnson founded and operated ColorBond Paint since 1996. He has over 30 years of experience in the automotive painting industry. ColorBond Paint specializes in leather, vinyl, and plastic specific aerosol paint that is OEM approved for automotive manufacturers.


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