DIY Help

Can I use a general household cleaning products to clean my leather?

Please don't! Many household products cause damage to leather. The Leather Hero range offers easy to use products that won't harm your leather, break your back or your budget. 

How do I apply Leather Hero colours?

Our easy to use colour pigments are fine, self-levelling and designed to be applied in thin coats. Results are not thick and clumpy. They can be applied by hand by sponge, sponge brush, fine paintbrush (for detail areas such as piping) spray gun or airbrush. Depending on the degree of colour change, several coats may be required.

Will the colour match my leather perfectly straight from the bottle?

No, a perfect colour match straight from the bottle is highly unlikely. In almost every instance, you will need to mix others colours to a base colour to achieve a match. Tinters are available in 5ml and 10ml bottles (limited colours) for small touch-ups and in 50ml, 250ml and 1L (all 15 colours) for larger jobs. Whilst some colour mixes are easy, for example, white with a touch of black makes a shade of grey (usually blueish grey), others may require 5 or more colours to blend an exact match.

What if I buy the wrong colour in error?

If you buy the wrong colour and you would like to return it, do not open the bottle or use the product. Opened/used product is not returnable.

See Returns and Warranty section for returns policies and instructions.

Can I repair large holes with a Leather Hero Repair Kit?

Our repair kits are best suited to colour change projects, touch-ups and surface repairs such as scratches, scuffs and other shallow damage such as cracks. This is because the filler provided is a flexible surface filler. It is not suitable for repairing large or deep holes. 

Do I need to use a primer and top coat? 

Yes. If you’ve decided to recolour, a primer will promote greater adhesion to the substrate and a top coat will seal and protect your colour coating. If these coatings are omitted, expect reduced durability from your colour coating. 

What grade of sand-paper is suitable for use on leather?

There are many different leathers so there’s no fixed answer to this question. We recommend 800 grit in most instances. Safe to say, you should use caution and be conservative when using sandpaper on leather.

How long should I wait before using my recoloured/repaired item?

Leather Hero products are water-based and therefore, air-drying. Allowing suitable curing time helps to promote greater durability. We recommend that you allow 48 hours for your project to properly dry before using it. New coatings will be completely cured in 14 days. Take extra care during the curing stage.

Can I force dry each layer of product with a hair dryer or heat gun?  

Yes, although care must be taken to ensure the leather and/or coatings are not burned in the process. Hold your heat source at least 30cm from the leather and watch for any sign of scorching or bubbling. Don’t rush things!

How do know which colour kit to buy?

First, identify the dominant base colour you require. If you are matching an existing colour, consider the main hue. Greens, blues, black, yellows, whites and reds should be reasonably easy to identify. Browns can range from light ‘stone’ all the way through to ‘dark chocolate’. If it’s a shade of brown, consider if it’s mostly white with a dash of brown ( stone) in which case you would buy a white kit. If it’s mostly brown with a hint of white (walnut) you would need a brown kit. Working with your base colour, you would then add small amounts of yellow, scarlet and black to mix your correct shade of brown.

Perhaps you need a shade in the brown family such as caramel, tan or russet. In this case, consider the Leather Hero shades of Ochre, Rust and Red Tan and decide which one is closest to your needs. Before you buy, consider which tints will render the right colour for your project. Colour (No.6) is available in 5ml & 10ml (limited colours) and all colours can be purchased in 50ml, 250ml and 1L sizes. No matter what colour you need, it can be created from our universal range (excludes fluoros and metallics ).

How do I mix colours?

Mixing your colour is an exciting stage in your leather project. There are a few ways to go about it.

What container to mix in

You may mix directly into your base colour bottle. Be sure that you have enough tints to achieve your desired colour before choosing this approach. Alternatively, you might choose to mix in an open vessel such as an old bowl, disposable plastic cup or an empty plastic bottle. This way, you can decide how much base colour to use.

How much tint to add

This depends on your desired outcome. Take your time and mix small amounts of tint at a time. When it comes to black, be extra cautious as has a potent impact.

Which tints to add

Consider the colour you require. If you are creating a bespoke colour, there really are no rules. Just go for it. Remember the basic primary to secondary colour rules:

Red + Blue + Purple

Yellow + Blue = Green

Yellow + Red = Orange

You can push or pull your colour in different directions by adding black to deepen, white to lighten, red and ochre to warm it up and blue to cool it down. The more tint you add the richer your colour becomes.

If you are matching an existing colour, see FAQ, How do I match a colour?

What if I run out of tint?

Our standard kits are designed to enable a vast array of commonly used colours. In some cases, extra tint may be required. Colour (No.6) is available for separate purchase in 50ml, 250ml and 1L pack sizes so that virtually any colour can be mixed in the right volume. 

If you need more colour for tinting, contact us. We'll try to help get you back on track. 

How do I mix a colour to match?

You don't need to be a colour master to mix colours that match your project. Refer to the Directions For Use leaflet you received with your order. Here are our top tips for success colour matching: 

  • Start with the right base colour and tints
  • Add one drop at a time - especially when adding black
  • Test your colour in an inconspicuous place. If it's not correct, clean it off and try again - even the pros do this!
  • Colours are lighter when wet and darker when dry so always dry off your test patch before proceeding
  • Mix enough colour to complete your job so that you don't have to mix twice which can result in slightly different shades

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