Antique Finish Kit - Restore Chesterfield sofas and Reapply colour to worn antique leathers

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Furniture Clinic Antique Finish Kit Leather Care Kit
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Product description: A unique kit designed to spray the antique finish back onto leather when the top coat wears off, exposing a brighter colour beneath. Perfect for restoring colour to Chesterfield sofas.

Antique Finish Kit

Antique Finish Kit

Specially formulated colours to re-apply the colour to worn antique and rub off style leathers - the most popular being the chesterfield sofa.

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Each kit comes with the following;

Small Kit:

  • 250ml Alcohol Cleaner
  • 250ml Antique Colour
  • 250ml Leather Finish
  • Airbrush & 2 x 400ml Propellant Cans
  • Cloth & Instructions

Large Kit:

  • 250ml Alcohol Cleaner
  • 500ml Antique Colour
  • 500ml Leather Finish
  • Airbrush & 4 x 400ml Propellant Cans
  • Cloth & Instructions

About the product

No colour matching is required as we manufacture the colours that are first used on many 'rub' off leathers. There are only a limited range of colours used all of which we have in stock.

The antique finish kit has been designed as a simple to use and very effective kit for re-applying the top coat colour to 'rub' off leathers. Rub off leathers are leathers where there is a top coat of colour applied, normally a very dark colour such as a deep red, green, blue or brown. This colour is designed to actually rub off as the leather ages. This often gets out of hand and customers are left with very light patches that can look terrible.

This is extremely common with Chesterfields and old Antique style sofas. 

How it works: Rub off leathers are made by the leather being dyed and then finished with leather paints. This is known as the base colour and is usually a bright colour such as, red, green, blue, tan and brown. A strong lacquer is then applied to seal the colour in. A second coat is then sprayed on top of the lacquer. This coat is a very dark version of the base coat, like a deep red (oxblood) or deep green.....this colour is almost black.

Often with this type of furniture, with day to day use, the dark top coat colour starts to wear away exposing too much of the bright base colour beneath. This creates large areas of bright colour, making the leather look very patchy and odd. This is easily fixed by spraying the top coat of colourant back onto the leather.

The top layer of colourant is sprayed in light, thin coats, directly on top of the laquer in order to provide the rubbed off or 'antique' look. It is applied with the intention of allowing the base colour to show through and gives that iconic, chesterfield effect.  Normally the buttoned areas and edges are sprayed much darker than the other areas to enhance this effect.

Red Rub Off Leather
Green Rub Off Leather
Blue Rub Off Leather
Brown Rub Off Leather
Tan Rub Off Leather

This item is made to order and is considered a bespoke product.

Suitable For:


Leather Sofa, chairs, seats or furniture

The Antique Finish Kit can be used to change or restore the colour of leather furniture that have a 'rub-off' or two-tone appearance, such as chesterfield furniture, providing top coat colour to recreate that iconic antique effect.

Two Tone, Mottled & Antique Finished Leather

Coverage & Shelf Life:

The Antique Finish Kit comes in two different sizes:

Small Kit - Suitable for touching up small items such as a single armchair.

Large Kit - Sufficient for covering an entire three piece suite.

Before & After Photos


The colour used to restore this chesterfield arm chair was top coat colour red, and it was sprayed on in the correct pattern to give an aged antique look.


In the photos above, we have used the antique finish kit to repair one small area of a rub off leather. The colour used was red.


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We have colour charts for car makes in addition to our own colours to match all leather and fabric.

video tutorials

Helpful instructional videos showing you how to use our products to clean, repair and restore leather.

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