Leather Dye Transfer

xroxFebruary 8, 2011

We purchased our first ever leather sofa (Natuzzi) and I am wondering what the hell is normal regarding dye integrity. The dye on this sofa is easily transferred via water on a paper towel. A relative spilled water onto his pants and when he got up his pants were brown and the spot where he was sitting had lost considerable dye. We got the repair guy out and he just said it was normal and touched up the dye loss which looks like crap IMO.

So what is your experience or knowledge on this topic?

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steven_in_nc

What you describe is not 'normal'. Wet or dry crocking which results in dye transfer or loss is a result of insufficient or defective top coating. After the leather was pigmented in the tannery it should have had a top coat applied to seal the leather and prevent such occurances. Bottom line: your piece was made using a bad hide or a bad batch of leather. Since Natuzzi owns their own tannery they are responsible for the problem. In my opinion, It cannot be repaired and should be replaced.

Here is a link that might be useful: The Comfortable Couch Co.

    Bookmark   February 9, 2011 at 10:30AM
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