Leather Re-Colouring Balm
Leather is a frail material by nature. It is highly vulnerable to issues like colour fading and general wear and tear. In fact, there is little you can do to prevent these effects in some circumstances. This gives rise to the requirement for a re-colouring product that can camouflage the effects of ageing or damage on your favourite leather items. This is precisely the kind of purpose that the Leather Re-Colouring Balm solves to perfection.
The Leather Re-Colouring Balm is an excellent product if you are looking to renovate the colour of your leather items, new or old. You simply have to rub the product onto the surface of the leather item using a soft cloth. As you gently rub the balm onto the leather surface, the balm slowly gets absorbed into the material and begins to show its effects. It not only enhances the colour of the leather surface but also improves its aspect.
The balm is absorbed into the leather surface in entirety. Therefore, you don’t have to worry about staining of your clothes at all. The Leather Re-Colouring Balm is a great product for re-colouring areas that are faded, dried out or scratched. In addition to this, the product can also be used for restoring the original colour of leather surfaces, which have been damaged due to exposure to excessive sunlight or heat.
The product is available in 12 colours from the lightest of shades to the darkest. With this kind of a colour range, you can be sure to find the colour that perfectly matches with the colour of your leather surface. However, if you are still unable to get the exact shade, you can vary the amount of product used, on the surface, to get the desired colour effect.
The Leather Re-Colouring Balm works best when applied after the leather is cleaned thoroughly with a good quality leather cleaner, like the Leather Ultra Clean.
Spray Can Size
You will see three main sizes of spray can on our website, 2.5oz (soft fabric dye’s & stencil spray’s), 8oz, (upholstery, vinyl and leather paints) & 13.3oz (outdoor/waterproof fabric paint). There is no hard and fast rule on how much a can will cover, as you will get different results dependent on the type and absorbency of the material, the colour of both your project and the dye, and obviously the type of dye… So to make it easier, you will see a handy calculator below. Both “soft fabric paint” and “upholstery paint” share the same formula and leave the same soft, permanent finish. The only difference is the size of the spray can and the range colours available. Upholstery paint will cover around 3.5 times more fabric than a smaller “soft fabric paint” spray can.
Spray Paint Calculator
The calculator below can help you find out how much you need. Please note: Figures are only estimates for one coat only, if you are dying a darker or very absorbent fabric then you may need several coats. Not yet compatible with the smaller 2.5oz cans or the outdoor range.
Simply Spray: Upholstery Dye
One can of Upholstery Paint will cover approximately 17 square feet (1.5 square meters). You must test your fabric to see how absorbent the material is as different fabrics could use more or less of the paint. To cover the upholstery of a sofa, you are likely to require 6 upholstery spray paint cans, however this is of course dependant on the size of your sofa and how absorbent the material is. Because upholstery is essentially a fabric, it’s exceptionally difficult to spray over a dark colour with a lighter colour, so, unlike our leather and vinyl sprays, we advise against going from dark colours to light.
Simply Spray: Fabric Paint
Depending on its use, one can of Simply Spray Fabric Paint should cover approximately 5-6 square feet evenly (around 0.5 square metres). Please ensure you test your fabric first to see how absorbent the material is as different fabrics could use more or less of the paint. When tie-dying shirts, you can cover between two and four adult large T-shirts (front and back).
Simply Spray: Vinyl & Leather Paints
Just 1 bottle of our leather or vinyl spray should comfortably cover approximately 2 square meters. That’s two office chairs, a recliner or even a single leather armchair. The multi-pack (3 sprays, 1 primer) should cover a three seater sofa, a small suite, or a car interior. However it very much depends on the overall area you are covering, so if you’re not too sure, please do not hesitate to contact us. Please note: If you want to completely change the colour of a much darker leather or vinyl to a lighter colour, you may require more coats.
Simply Spray: Outdoor Fabric Paint
Outdoor spray paints come in the biggest can available, and should cover 2.5 square meters. It leaves a waterproof, weather-resistant, UV-resistant layer, leaving a nylon-like feel to your project. 1-2 can’s should do a recliner, 2-3 a small sofa.
Your project: Remove loose dirt, flaking material or anything you believe may interrupt your work. Make sure the surface is clean (no dirt or grease) and dry. If it is a garment or removable textile, it may be easier to wash or wipe clean first.
Your work-area: Our spray paints and dyes will stain/mark carpets, clothes and some other items, so it is advised to use a dust sheet, newspaper, magazines, cardboard or anything else you can get your hands on to protect anything you think might get damaged. Remember, these are dyes and therefore liquid, so waterproof / non-absorbent dust-sheets and plastic sheets will work best. The spray’s tend to be quite focused and are relatively easy to control with very little in the way of air particulates, but it always pays to be cautious.
The can: Shake can well before using, this helps to ensure the dye is evenly mixed and ready, then tear off the blue safety tab at the top.
Practice: Try it out on a scrap material or inconspicuous area.
Paint Application: Hold can 6 to 8 inches away from project and begin spraying maintaining an even pressure on the trigger, do not pump. Spray thin layers of paint to cover project. Sometimes you may need a few layers, especially when spraying over darker colours, to get good even cover allow 30 minutes between coats and repeat until desired colour is achieved.
Primer Application: Applies to vinyl & leather dye only. Spray onto you’re the surface and rub into hard to reach areas with a cloth. Allow to dry for at least 30 minutes. Never re-apply primer, especially over the colour, as it will cause issues with the finish.
Tips & Tricks: If it comes out in a stream or fits and spurts, try shaking and use different angles. Don’t be shy to get your hands dirty, it’s often more effective to rub it in with your hands, you might see streaks to begin with, but they will soak in (and it washes off your skin very, very easily!)
Dry Time: The overall dry time will depend on temperature and level of humidity, so you can speed the process with a hairdryer to dry material. Typically allow 72 hours to dry before using or washing the sprayed item.
Issues: On rare occasions our spray paints may not perform, this is typically due to pressure as a result of using environmentally-friendly, food safe gas (unlike every other spray paint manufacturer), a clogged nozzle or an over exerted trigger. The dye is still likely to be functional, but you may need to see the below to fix the issue:
Clogged nozzle: Paint may build up in the nozzle after it is used. If this happens, pick off any excess dried paint from the nozzle opening, then flip the can upside down and spray to clear the passage. If this is not effective, let the spray stand upside-down in water to clear the nozzle, give it a wipe and try again.
Low pressure: You should still be able to achieve a stream from different angles, use a cloth or hands to rub the paint into your project.
Damaged trigger: If the trigger is pulled back too hard, it can “stick”. Simply put your index finger behind the blue trigger and push it forward. A “pop” or “click” should happen. If you push on the trigger a few times, it should start spraying again. If you are having serious issues with your canister, just give us a call on 01948 662629 and we will send a replacement.
Clean tip of nozzle between each use; for best results, use entire can in one application.
Nozzle: Rinse under warm water or tip can upside down and spray to clear nozzle. Let dry approximately one hour.
Clothing: Because our dyes are permanent, you will want to wash your clothes as soon as possible if you accidentally spray them. You should wash your clothes using liquid fabric softener because fabric softener breaks down the pigment in the paint. Unfortunately, there’s not a universal solution to remove permanent paint from clothing, all material is different. Keep washing them and put soap directly on the paint, scrub and hope!
Skin: You can wash it off your skin with regular soap, water and a little help from a cloth. It’s surprisingly easy and we have never had issues with skin cleaning or contact in the years of its use. If you wash your hands immediately after using, the paint should come off with little effort.
Unused Canisters: Store fabric paints in dry, cool conditions and protect from extreme temperatures.
Partially Used: If you are intending to store long-term, the spray will last longer upside-down in a bowl of water. If the trigger is not left in the correct “off position”, the gas will seep out, rendering the can unusable. When done using the can, make sure the trigger is fully pushed forward and in the off position, (even pulling lightly on the nozzle will allow the gas to seep out).
Recycling and the Environment
Leftover paint: Share leftover product with friends or take it to a Community RePaint collection point. Make a small difference to someone else at www.communityrepaint.org.uk
Empty canisters: Used paint canisters can be recycled as normal with the metal recycling at your home or premises. Do not attempt to remove the lid, or de-pressurise the can. More details can be found here: http://www.hse.gov.uk/waste/metals.htm