How to use Dulling Agent

What is Dulling Agent?

Dulling Agent (No.) is an additive that makes leather paint, topcoat and colour restoration cream less shiny. Most typically, it is used to flatten the level of shine (or sheen) of Leather Hero Colour (No.6).

Whilst Topcoat (No.7) is available in 4 levels of sheen; Matte, Satin, Gloss and High Gloss, leather paint (Colour No.6) is available in one level of sheen; approximately, Gloss. To make leather paint less shiny, Dulling Agent is added.

Best results are achieved when leather paint has the

same level of shine as the topcoat used over it.

When to use Dulling Agent

If you have chosen Gloss or High Gloss Topcoat, you will not need to add any Dulling Agent at all.

If you have chosen Matte or Satin topcoat, adding some Dulling Agent to your paint is recommended. Leather Hero Colour Restoration Cream has a Satin finish and can be made duller using Dulling Agent.

How to use Dulling Agent

As with everything pertaining to leather restoration, we recommend that you add Dulling Agent gradually so as to maintain control of things. How much you add will depend on your preferences, the original finish of your leather and the Topcoat you are using.

Pre-test 1; compare the sheens

  1. Start by making a test spot of your Topcoat and Leather Paint side-by-side in an inconspicuous area of your project (at the back, down low, underneath, between cushions etc)
  2. Allow them to dry then apply a second coat
  3. Allow drying then compare and assess the level of shine of each spot as well as the original finish. Take note how much flatter/duller your topcoat is compared to your Leather Paint and the original finish. If you are not using a Topcoat, compare the Leather Paint with the original finish on your leather

Pre-test 2; a practice run to get a feel for things

  1. Pour off a small amount of Leather Paint into a plastic cup or similar
  2. Add a dash of Dulling Agent and mix together
  3. Make a 2-coat test spot next to your Topcoat test spot. When dry, compare and assess
  4. Repeat until your sample of Leather Paint has a similar level of shine to your Topcoat or the original finish

Final mix

  1. Now, aiming for a similar ratio of Dulling Agent to Leather Paint, add a dash at a time to your bottle of Leather Paint, testing as you go
  2. Stop adding Dulling Agent when you are satisfied that your paint has a similar sheen to your Topcoat or the original finish


Matte topcoat: What went wrong?

Matte finish leather Topcoat is best applied by spray gun. Whilst hand application by sponge or brush is possible, it can be tricky on some leathers to achieve a completely even finish. This issue can be exacerbated when it is applied over leather paint that is glossy. If you have chosen Matte Topcoat, it is particularly important that you flatten your paint with Dulling Agent to avoid any mismatch in sheen.

OK, so this happened. Now, how to fix it. Try this remedy: Add 10-30% Leather Paint to the Matte finish topcoat and apply another coat or two. Always test first to make sure you have the right ratio before proceeding with the rest of your job.

Topcoat is too shiny

If you have chosen Gloss or High Gloss Topcoat and feel that they are too shiny, Dulling Agent can save the day. As described previously, mix in the desired amount of duller into your Leather Paint and leather Topcoat until you achieve a level of shine that works for your project.

Need more Dulling Agent?

Every job is different. If you find that you need more Dulling Agent than the amount provided in your kit, it is available separately in 50ml and 125ml bottles.