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    Default Leather Couch Color Rubbing Off

    I have two 2.5 year old sofas and I recently noticed the color rubbing off on the places we most commonly sit. I am quite frustrated and not sure if there is anything I can do. I have zero experience in fixing leather furniture so I am hoping someone here can give me some guidance.
    They are not the cheapest couches, but also are not the most expensive. They are Ashley furniture and I believe they are called leather match, where all the places you touch are leather but the backs and sides are vinyl. The only places I am having issues are on the leather parts. Below are some pictures of what is happening. I'm not even sure if there is something I can do. At the very least, I would like to prevent more of this from happening. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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    Alexandria VA

    Default Re: Leather Couch Color Rubbing Off

    Ashley is actually a very low end brand, sorry to have to tell you that. It's a level above Costco or Bob's Discount Furniture, but not by much.

    Your leather is finished, or painted, and what you are seeing is a paint loss. The solution it to re-paint the hides. In most cities there is someone who will do that as a mobile service, they will come to your home and color match the leather, then re-spray it. Cost is usually around $ 150 to $ 200 for a sofa last time I checked. If you want to do it yourself, then contact Ashley to see if they will send you a bottle of touch-up paint, then apply with a small brush and top seal with leather conditioner. If Ashley does not send out color, then go to a craft store and get water-based acrylic paint in a small bottle and color mix yourself using black and brown to get a shade. That will work as well. Be sure to seal over the top with the conditioner

    Keeping the sofa cleaned and conditioned on a regular basis will help mitigate that, but at the end of the day its simply paint erosion from use. Pure aniline (dyed) leathers do not do that.
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