If You Cant Find A Colour You Need Let Us Know & We Can Make It!
Join Our Distribution Network Europe Or Worldwide > Contact us
Follow us

Car Leather Dyes

Are you tired of inferior leather dye, poor adhesion & wear resistance? Try the best forget the rest

Showing 1–12 of 31 results

There's something very special about leather car seats. They have always been a sign of luxury, usually reserved these days for luxury brands like Rolls Royce, Jaguar, Porsche, Aston Martin, and others that are more accessible, such as Ford, BMW and Audi. Many car makers offer the option of leather seats or trims, including the steering wheels, although most car interiors are synthetic these days.

However, general wear and tear can make it look old and faded.

Not A Good Look

While worn leather might add to the appeal of vintage cars, it doesn't look great in modern vehicles. So, what can you do about it?

The Leather Colour Doctor has just the answer you're looking for, with a range of dyes specially designed for leather car seats.

Leather is a brilliant natural material, but it it is vulnerable to fading through use. Scratches, cracks and scuffs are common, and they all take their toll.

The main enemy of any leather product, however, is the sun. UV rays bleach out the colour over time. And when you combine this with repeated use of the same area (namely, the parts where your body makes contact with the seats), this is a recipe for dull and faded colour.

Fortunately, our auto leather dye range will enhance your leather seats and restore them to showroom condition.

There are different types of leather, depending on how it was cured and prepared. Some types are more hard wearing than others, and some stain more easily.

However, all leather is prone to staining to some extent, because it is organic and has fibres that absorb anything fluid or liquid.

The fact that leather stains relatively easily is good news, otherwise we would be limited to the colour of the animal it came from. The bad news is that when it comes into contact with certain substances it can be spoiled.

Oil, Grease And Chemicals

Natural oils in our skin and on our hair, as well as all the chemicals in skin and haircare products we use are transferred onto the leather (especially on head and armrests) where they soak into the fibres, causing stains and discolouration.

You can remove these unsightly stains using Leather Colour Doctor's excellent automotive leather dye range.

Our car leather dye selection can be easily applied by spray or with a sponge and each bottle or full leather interior dye kit comes with clear instructions.

The five-step process is very straightforward, each one using one of the five bottles included in the kit that are clearly labelled from 1 to 5:

Leather Foaming Cleaner

  • Using a soft-bristle brush, apply the foaming cleaner to the leather surface to remove grease and dirt that could stop the leather dye from being absorbed and spoil the finish.
  • Scrub in a gentle circular motion, making sure that you cover the whole area to be dyed.
  • Leave this on for about five minutes to allow the degreasing agent to act.
  • Using a clean cloth, wipe away the foam and any dirt and debris that has been loosened.
  • Rinse out the cloth and keep wiping the seats until it looks clean.
  • Leave the leather to dry naturally.

Leather Prep Solvent

  • Again using a clean cloth, apply the solvent to the leather.
  • Use gentle sweeping strokes, making sure to cover any high-contact areas, like headrests, side bolsters, armrests, etc.
  • After a while, you may notice that the cloth starts to remove a small amount of the old pigment. Don't worry if you see this, it means that you have broken through the original layer of sealant.
  • At this stage, you'll need to make any necessary repairs using the leather crack filler paste (also made by Leather Colour Doctor and included in the kit), but make sure the colours match first!
  • Dry each layer of crack filler paste with a hairdryer and make sure it is completely dry before lightly sanding it with a fine-grit sandpaper (800 grit is ideal) to get a smooth, level finish.
  • Wipe the surface over to remove any remaining dust.

Leather Adhesion Promoter

  • This acts as a primer to fix the leather dye in the fibres and prevent it from fading.
  • You can apply the primer using a sponge roller, or you can spray this on if your prefer.
  • Apply a thin coat very lightly and repeat the process three times, changing the direction of your strokes each time. You can dry each coat using a hairdryer.

Leather Dye

  • You are now ready to apply the Leather Colour Doctor automotive leather dye!
  • Find a small, inconspicuous area hidden from view and test the dye to see how well it matches.
  • Apply the light coat lightly using a sponge roller or spray. Don't use too much force by rubbing it into the leather as this will affect the final finish.
  • Dry each coat with a hairdryer before applying the next.
  • Any patchiness you see at this stage is normal and nothing to be concerned about.
  • Apply as many coats of leather colourant as you need to until you have the desired appearance.
  • If you decide to spray instead of using a roller, make sure you keep it close to the leather or you may cause the leather to dry out too rapidly or create rough patches.

Leather Sealer

  • Once the final layer of Leather Colour Doctor automotive leather dye is dry, you can apply the top finish of leather sealer.
  • Again, this should be applied using the same methods as above; thinly and lightly, drying each layer with a hairdryer.
  • It's best to alternate the direction of each coat by at least 45º as this helps the light to scatter when the sealer is dry, giving a much more pleasing finish.
  • Once dry, you'll need to leave it for a further 24 hours before use to allow the leather colourant to set.

If you follow these instructions using Leather Colour Doctor dyes, your car interior will be restored to its former glory.

All our high-quality leather dyes are water-based polyurethane, meaning they are non-toxic and safe to handle. They are an all-in-one solution leather colourant and sealant, so they not only restore the colour but they also protect the leather from staining.

The high pigment content means you only need to apply one or two coats to get a pleasing finish.

Our automotive leather dye range is available in matt, satin or gloss finish, so please ensure you select the correct one at time of purchase.

The Leather Colour Doctor stocks a wide variety of official colours for many different car brands, so there is sure to be one for your vehicle. We check and verify each batch before it is dispatched to the customer.

However, finding the exact shade can sometimes be a challenge, especially when worn leather has been bleached by sunlight over time. To overcome this, send us a sample (if possible) and we'll use a technique called LAB colour space to find a match.

We are confident that we can find the right colour, whatever brand your vehicle is. And if you want a custom colour, feel free to use the contact us box on our website.

Yes! Our full leather interior dye kits make this possible for anyone to achieve easily.

Follow the steps given in the section called how do you dye leather seats? and simply choose a different colour.

On the whole, it's easier to change the appearance of a lighter car seat to make it darker, but it is possible to apply a light colour to a very dark one. If you need expert advice, we are here to help via our blog and contact facility on the Leather Colour Doctor website.

Not really, as it won't give the best results.

As it is a type of plastic, there's a good chance that the dye will stay on the surface where it will be too easily wiped off. Leather car seats absorb the dye into their fibres, giving an even distribution of the colours.

The good news is that the Leather Colour Doctor also produces high-quality vinyl paint for your car interior. These are designed specifically for vinyl surfaces and will perform just as well as our auto leather dye range.

If you bought the car from new and this was specifically stated, then yes, they probably are.

But even so, many car manufacturers are deliberately ambiguous and not very forthcoming about the actual materials used. Some brands have been caught out, advertising lower-end cars as having leather interiors when only part of the trim was real leather while the rest was synthetic materials.

Check The Fine Print

They get around this by stating that they use leather accents or elements of genuine leather.

Basically, if you have the original handbook, read the fine print! Of course, if you have a premium brand, it's highly unlikely that they would use anything but the finest leather.

However, if you have a normal car and you're not sure about them, there are a few ways to tell if they are real leather or a plastic alternative:

Check For Labels

These should tell you if it is genuine or 'fake'.

Is It Warm?

Feel the seat to see if it is warm or cool to the touch. Leather is generally warmer and softer, with a natural feel. Faux leather feels cool and much stiffer.

Does It Wrinkle?

Essentially, this is skin. If you press it on a padded area, it should wrinkle. Leather alternatives don't.

Leather care is our speciality, and we pride ourselves on our amazing leather dye selection.

Our superior leather car seat dyes will cover minor scuffs, cracks and scratches, making your car interior look new and guard it from future wear and tear.

Feel free to contact us today via the Leather Colour Doctor website.

High Quality Leather Care Products

Leather Dyes | Leather Care | Car Leather Dyes

Sign up for exclusive news & events

paypalstripe paymentaccount
Copyright © 2024 Leather Colour Doctor. All rights reserved.