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How to age leather?

Posted by Co-Co (My Page) on
Sun, Feb 19, 12 at 0:11

Recently puchased a matching ottoman for a pair of sofas originally bought ~5 years ago. Same leather, but not the same lot, and obviously not aged the same! So not a true match... anything suggestions of things I can do to adjust the color?

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RE: How to age leather?

Return it for an accent color instead. You'll never get it to match.

RE: How to age leather?

Get some cats. ;-)

Seriously, it's very hard to "age" leather after it's been installed on a piece without actually destroying the finish on it. If it were still an unfinished hide, you could beat it up a little more effectively. It also depends on how it was dyed - if the color doesn't go all the way through, all you'll manage is to make a bunch of white scratches on it.

If you're absolutely set on trying, and are not going to send them back no matter what: you could try extremely fine sandpaper (c. 400 grit) plus your own fingernails to rough it up a little, gently. But in terms of lightening the color I don't think you're going to have any luck. You could try setting them in the bright sunlight outside for a while?

RE: How to age leather?

Thanks. I'm going to try the sunlight maybe when it's a bit warmer outside! It's not that bad, not really noticable in daylight, just incandescent light seems to bring out the difference. It's not an issue of wear, so I don't think beating it (!) will help. It's more a sheen/hue difference.

RE: How to age leather?

Is it lighter or darker? If it is darker you can't do much about it. If it is lighter you can use leather dye to darken it a little. Start testing the dye in an not so visible area. Maybe where it is wrapped underneath.

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