How to reduce chipping on pleather



Me and my husband just started our marriage and can’t necessarily afford lots of luxuries. His family donated some old computer chairs for us to use. The only problem is that they began chipping quite profusely. Me and my husband were covered in little black dots that were falling of the chair. There is no way to fix pleather once it starts to chip. I considered reupholstering the chairs but had no idea where to start. I decided I wanted a cheep way to just reduce the problem. I needed something to reduce the chipping and to improve the look for when family and friends came by. THIS IS NOT A FIX BUT IT WILL HELP WITH SOME PROBLEMS. This was the chair before and after I treated it. I treated it last December when it was a much much worse condition. I only treated parts of the top portion as a test. Anything with major gray showing was not treated the first time.

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It is not perfectly smooth but has a significant improvement.


Note* Large portions such as the seat can not be painted because it was all fabric. It would have gotten thick and scratchy. I covered it with a pillowcase that I tucked in around the seat. It looks so much better! The large Soft portion on the back rest was fine to paint because it will not be as close to skin, and is not directly on padding so it does not become as scratchy.


When done the texture can look more like a snake or alligator skin as seen above, but will not feel like it.

If the mixture is too thin it will not be opaque enough to cover blemishes and will soak into the fabric and not be as dark. On the other hand if it is too thick it may be an unpleasant texture and chip off over time and take too long to dry. Just like nail polish you need to have the perfect thickness. But with this many thin coats will not cut it.

I was honestly afraid I would not add the right amount of nail polish remover to my mixture, but I found that just a little bit goes a long way. I really had no problem getting the mixture right! It was so simple. You could almost go without it.

You might be asking if it is worth it for a short term fix, and let me tell you it definitely is! I noticed it began chipping after six months of CONSTANT use (at least 3 hours every day). Even then the amount that it chipped was less than what I started with!

Painting tips.

  1. Use any color acrylic paint. I am sure you can use other types of paint but I have never tried. I wonder how fabric paint would work, if you try it, let me know in the comments how it goes.
  2. Paint over the whole thing, even the parts that look fine, if not the color will not be even. It will not ruin effect the texture of any solid areas
  3. . Don’t spend your time picking flakes off (you will never stop) Paint against the grain so that you get color underneath them. Then paint with the grain so that you can smooth the pieces down and the paint will serve as a glue to keep them down. This will create a smooth look.
  4.  It will take over a day for it to dry.