Manufacturers of paints and varnishes invest a lot in the development of products that can be used well on artificial leather. A cross-sector view expands the selection. The challenge is to provide the plastic top layer with durable paint that only lies on the surface and does not bond with the substrate.
Use only high quality and expensive special paints
Faded synthetic leather can be painted. However, the order always involves a residual risk as to whether the color will last. Therefore, before painting, it should be weighed whether the work is worthwhile. Promising paints can only be found in the upper price segment. Inexpensive paints and varnishes dissolve quickly and, for example, withstand the inevitable sweating, which artificial leather does not.
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Thorough cleaning of the artificial leather is a prerequisite for successful painting. If the artificial leather flakes off, the surface must be fixed in preparation, similar to a primer or a primer (€ 36.80 at Amazon *).
Material properties and degree of sealing
The "harder" the cover material is stretched, the more it resembles an opaque application of paint on other solid surfaces. The more elastic and soft the synthetic leather is, the lower the chances of success of a long-lasting re-coloring. The best durability is achieved with spray paint.
An important aspect is the sealing effect of the paintwork. The plasticizers that escape over time must not be prevented from "natural" evaporation, but at the same time they must not hinder regular resealing with special agents. In addition to furniture care products, the best paints can be found in the automotive and boat accessories sectors.
How to paint synthetic leather
- Acrylic-free spray paint
- Special cleaning agent or "preparer"
- Masking tape
- Cover film
- Respiratory and eye protection
The artificial leather must be completely free of grease and dust. Use the preparer for this, who should come from the same manufacturer as the paint.
If your artificial leather has a tendency to flake or become brittle, apply liquid leather as a thin film. It "glues " loose parts of the top layer.
Spray the synthetic leather lacquer as thinly as possible on the surfaces. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for use.Tips & Tricks If the surface looks matt and feels dry after a painting process, it is ready for the next spraying process. Allow about half an hour of drying time.