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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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    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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    I purchased a Bradington Young couch and loveseat about 2 years ago. It is experiencing what I consider excessive wear considering the price I paid and the fact that I have maintained it and kept it out of sunlight etc as directed. I sent a seat casing as requested back to them about 6 months ago and they said it passed all the tests. I contacted Hooker customer care and they basically directed me to leather repair solutions and said since it passed tests it isn't their responsibility. I don't know what to do at this point, I can't get Hooker customer care to talk to me, they've quit responding to email. The folks I bought it from just direct me back to Bradington Young. I have attached a couple of photos of what we are experiencing. All the edges and seats are wearing even though I rotate the cushions often as we mostly sit on the couch. Any ideas? Click image for larger version. 

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    What you have is a finished or "protected" leather which is a painted leather - and the finish is coming off. Painted finishes can do that, some paint adheres better on some leathers better than others. If you wear a lot of blue jeans (high friction) that can accelerate the loss of finish as well. No furniture makers guarantee the covers, though they will test a casing to see if its defective, the vast majority are not - it's just from use. At this point your best bet is to have the seat casings refinished and Leather Solutions International are really good at that, just UPS them in and they will fix them up. Alternatively you can get a local person to spray them if there is someone in your area that knows how to do that. Bascially they will simply be re-painted. This is not particular to Bradington Young, it happens with all leather makers in all categories (shoes, furniture, handbags, wallets, jackets)

    Aniline hides will never do this as they are dyed, not painted. However they can pickup stains easier and require a bit more paying attention to. FYI, I have twelve leather upholstery pieces in my own home, all are aniline but one, and the painted leather sofa I have in the basement has color loss on it as well, all my anilines have done great (a little sun fade on some over 20 years).
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    The leather I ordered is 914400-88 and the description says
    "Material: Leather
    Material: Aniline Plus Leather: Aniline-plus leathers are quite simply aniline leathers PLUS a slight protective coating. This protective coating can be light pigmentation, staining, or a protective top-coat. These leathers offer the hand of an aniline while adding a slight coat of protection. These leathers are more affected by the harmful rays of the sun simply because they are not as heavily protected as finished leathers."
    Cleaning Code: AP
    Cleaning Method: Aniline Plus
    Color: Chocolate
    Color Family: Brown
    Cover Collection: Graded Leather
    Cover Type: Leather
    Direction: Leather
    Grade: L2
    Primary Content: Leather
    SKU: 914400-88
    Brand: Bradington Young
    Fiber Content: 100% Leather
    Leather Type: Aniline Plus
    So what I thought was Aniline really wasn't? I guess I thought we were getting added protection. So my only recourse at this point is to have it "repainted"?

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    A semi-aniline is still a painted leather, its just the paint is put on thinner.

    Yes, repaint.
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    Thank you, not what I wanted to hear but it is what it is. So Aniline Plus is not really Aniline Leather? Will this repainting have to occur for the life of the couch?

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    Aniline plus is a hybrid leather, it’s both dyed and painted. Most likely this will be an ongoing issue, not knowing your lifestyle habits with the sofa though it’s difficult to predict.
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    Default Re: Leather Couch Color Rubbing Off

    This is really helpful to know. Most salespersons would have you believe that the Aniline plus has all the benefits of Aniline "plus" added protection with no down-side.

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    There really is no "perfect" leather, each category has its strengths and weaknesses. If you read through this thread here on the forum, I can pretty much guarantee you will know more than 99% off all salespeople selling leather furniture in the store:

    http://www.myfurnitureforum.com/show...-FORUM-lt-READ
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