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    09-29-2010, 01:06 AM
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Foal
Want to re dye a leather saddle, any ideas??

We have a couple pieces of light oil leather tack that we want to re dye in a dark color. The saddle is in need of alot of help and neatsfoot oil will not darken it enough. Any ideas or solutions would be greatly appreciated.
     
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    09-29-2010, 01:39 AM
  #2
Yearling
Take it to your local tack and repair shop and have them re-dye it for you.
Good luck.
     
    09-29-2010, 03:02 AM
  #3
Showing
^^Have to agree. It would be best left in the hands of a professional because home-dying leather is really easy to end up with splotchy or streaky tack.
     
    09-29-2010, 12:33 PM
  #4
Foal
Thanks for the input.. I am not sure if we have a good repair shop here but I will start looking..

An advandced thanks to any other post or ideas
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    09-29-2010, 01:22 PM
  #5
Green Broke
I have done this once before and I used a leather stain. Saddle looked great. My jodphurs did not. I wouldn't suggest a home job!
     
    09-29-2010, 01:32 PM
  #6
Green Broke
I dyed mine using this...



There are dark marks where the stirrup leathers had rubbed in the saddle, but not sure if a professional would have been able to prevent that anyway...no splotches or uneven marks anywhere else though, you just sponge it on, let it soak, buff it off. I've done it maybe 6 or 7 times to my saddle and it keeps getting darker and darker, I love it :)
     
    09-29-2010, 01:32 PM
  #7
Green Broke
Once it's dyed a little darker, Black Rock leather conditioner is a really good conditioner that also naturally darkens leather too, I love that stuff!
     
    09-29-2010, 01:33 PM
  #8
Green Broke
Oh yes, as others have mentioned above, wear your BLACK breeches if you have a pair the first couple rides after you dye it ;) Unless you want a brown butt on your nice khacki ones!!
     
    09-29-2010, 02:01 PM
  #9
Foal
Wow!!! Thanks everyone!!! This will really help. We have done leatherwork when we were in 4-h and every now and then I will whip out the tools to make something but we never covered re dying or darkening a finished product. And the hint on wearing dark pants the first couple times is priceless.. I doubt that I would have thought of that.

Again, thanks for everything!!!
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