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How do you cover or fix faded spots on a leather sofa?
Donna from NJ
Have you tried shoe polish? I'd use the solid kind.
Hi, buy the solid shoe paste in the color you need. I do this with my leather jacket as well. Clean the leather well, dry. Do not use conditioner on leather.
Rub in small circle pattern. Let dry, then using an old washcloth, dishtowel, buff the couch/coat, etc. Let hang to dry (if clothing) air dry couch/chair well, rub white cloth over to make sure nothing comes off on cloth. If it does, buff more.
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Try rubbing them with the inside of a banana skin. It works on leather shoes, so it should work on couch arms. Rub it in and polish off with a soft cloth. (08/26/2008)
I'd try to get something from the store like Armoral cleaner or wipes designed for car leather interiors and seats. Since those types of cleaners or conditioners are meant to help protect and repair auto leather from sun damage. Couldn't hurt, might help. I know the local auto parts place will carry them, but so will Target & Kmart.
Leather finishes can be very weak under certain circumstances and using leather wipes that maybe haven't been thoroughly tested under all circumstances can damage the finish and may remove pigment or dye (depending on what type of leather you have). Armoral wipes will probably do even more damage unfortunately. You need now to call in a leather specialist as he will be able to ascertain exactly what has happened and what needs doing to rectify the problem. Please do not try DIY methods as these are very rarely successful and may cause further problems. (11/26/2007)