Leather Fading and Discoloration

Scroll down to get the repair steps specific to the leather material you are repairing.

Remember 3 Standard Steps:

Step 1: APPLY

After cleaning the area thoroughly, apply a thin layer of the repair compound.

Step 2: LET DRY

Add layers as needed. Wait for the repair compound to dry between layers.

Step 3: BUFF

Buff out the edges of the repair with rubbing alcohol to blend with the rest of the area.

Repair Steps According to Leather Material

Coconix Repair Steps According to Leather Material

1. Prepare the damaged area by thoroughly cleaning it with a cotton swab or a cotton pad and 90% rubbing alcohol. Please check first if the rubbing alcohol removes the color of your leather and proceed carefully. If alcohol removes the color of your leather, please use water and very little amount of mild soap to clean the area.

2. Prepare your color mixture. If you need assistance on color matching your leather or vinyl, you may contact our Coconix Support Team. To learn more about color matching, please read our Coconix Color Matching Guide.

3. After matching your color, please use any type of applicator, such as a sponge, a cotton applicator or a brush to apply a thin layer of compound to the discolored area.

4. Allow the compound to dry for several hours. You may need to apply multiple layers to rebuild the damaged area until it is level with the surrounding area. Please allow dry time between each layer of repair compound.

5. When the compound is dry, use a cotton pad or a cotton swab with rubbing alcohol to buff the edges.

1. Prepare the damaged area by thoroughly cleaning it with water and very little amount of mild soap. You may also use your usual leather seat cleaner to clean the area.

2. Prepare your color mixture. If you need assistance on color matching your leather or vinyl, you may contact our Coconix Support Team. To learn more about color matching, please read our Coconix Color Matching Guide.


3. After matching your color,
please use any type of applicator, such as a sponge, a cotton applicator or a brush to apply a thin layer of compound to the discolored area.

4. Allow the compound to dry for several hours. You may need to apply multiple layers to rebuild the damaged area until it is level with the surrounding area. Please allow dry time between each layer of repair compound.


5. When the compound is dry, use a cotton pad or a cotton swab with rubbing alcohol to buff only the edges of the repaired spot as alcohol may be harsh to your car leather or vinyl surface.

6. For textured dashboards and car door panels: To add texture to your repair finish, tear off a 12-inch piece of plastic wrap and wrap it around your hand (or around your fingers, if the repaired spot is small to medium). Press your plastic-covered palm against the semi-dry second layer of soft filler. When you lift your hand off, the area will be slightly textured. Repeat this process until you’ve lightly textured the entire section you’re repairing. The texture will help the repaired section match the rest of the leather or vinyl.

1. Prepare the damaged area by thoroughly cleaning it with water and very little amount of mild soap.

2. Prepare your color mixture. If you need assistance on color matching your leather or vinyl, you may contact our Coconix Support Team. To learn more about color matching, please read our Coconix Color Matching Guide.


3. After matching your color,
please use any type of applicator, such as a sponge, a cotton applicator or a brush to apply a thin layer of compound to the discolored area.

4. Allow the compound to dry for several hours. You may need to apply multiple layers to rebuild the damaged area until it is level with the surrounding area. Please allow dry time between each layer of repair compound.

5. When the compound is dry, use a cotton pad or a cotton swab with rubbing alcohol to buff only the edges of the repaired spot as alcohol may be harsh to your item's leather or vinyl surface.

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