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post #1 of 6 Old 11-03-2010, 09:59 PM Thread Starter
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Dye leather with RIT?

Has anyone one used RIT dye for leather? Results? Thx!

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post #2 of 6 Old 11-04-2010, 06:32 AM
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I've dyed headstalls, reins, and breast collars, taking them from a light oil finish to a dark burgundy. What I use is Kelly's Leather Dye that I got at a shoemaker shop (shoe repair). I prepared the leather using alcohol then applied 2 coats of the dye ~1/2 hour apart (leather was at room temp) and let it sit overnight.

The last time I did a headstall was 2 years ago and I'm still using it several times per week with no visible color change. The headstall was over 7 or 8 years old and heavily used before I dyed it. If it starts to show wear, I'll just dye it again.


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I would use leather dye. Not sure RIT would work, and if it did it may run and stain things I would think.

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I was told by 2 saddle fitters that sometime the dye works, sometime it makes things worse. I guess depends on what you wanna do. I probably would do the headstall, but I'd be too afraid to try it on saddle (which is more $$).
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Thanks for the advice! I am working with black and a saddle so I had probably try to find some leather dye instead..hehe...thanks!

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post #6 of 6 Old 11-04-2010, 10:00 AM
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RIT is only for clothing, and usually only works best with 100% cotton, or cotton blends. Definitely use leather dye.
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