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Do not use markers to fill in spots on your leather upholstery

The business of dying leather is a tricky one, and you really can’t replicate it with any marker.  People come to us all the time asking us to fix problems they’ve created trying to fix a bleached out or discolored spot on their upholstery with a similarly colored marker.  The fact of the matter is that dyed leather usually has many layers and tones, and thinking you can find one marker that’s going to give you an exact match is like thinking a bottle of cheap hair dye is going to give your hair a natural look.

An example of a spot filled in with a brown marker

An example of a spot filled in with a brown marker

Now, if you just have a teeny tiny spot somewhere pretty hidden on your couch, car seat, etc. you might find marker results to be sufficient.  But, if you want a discolored spot to match the rest of the piece, you really shouldn’t go the marker route.  A professional, like Fibrenew, can usually re-dye spots for a very reasonable price.

There are a number of other home remedies and wives’ tales about using home products on leather.  We do not advise using any of the following:

Questions or experiences with markers on leather?  Post them in the comments!

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