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    06-16-2009, 05:20 PM
leather dying

I just bought a black saddle, but my bridle is dark brown. I was going to buy a new one, but then I thought maybe I can dye it.

Anyone with any dying experience have any advice?
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    06-16-2009, 05:33 PM
I've done it quite often. I use Kelly's Leather Dye on the leather after I've preped it with alcohol. It is no different then the way a shoemaker dyes shoes for a customer, but take your time with the prep.
    06-16-2009, 09:32 PM
How exactly do I prep the leather? Also after I dye it should I put something on over it so it won't come off?
    06-16-2009, 09:39 PM
The way I do it is to clean it several times with alcohol, let it dry over night. I'll then dye it with as many coats as necessary for the desired shade, then leave it alone for a day. Personally, I've never had the dye come off even after being soaked with water (I tend to ride through lakes, and in the rain) and repeated cleanings.

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