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jazzyrider 06-18-2008 08:24 PM

turning brown bridles black
 
my question is, if i paint my dark brown bridle with that black raven stuff (so technical arent i lol) anyway, if i do that will it stain the leather or just coat it??

the reason i ask is that my best pair of leather reins are dark brown and i would prefer them to be black so i can use them on my new bridle on sunday.

if that wouldnt work, is there anything that would?

Sara 06-18-2008 11:14 PM

It'll just coat. Leather is sealed after its dyed to keep the original color in. As far as I know, there's nothing you can use that will permanently dye finished leather...I was wondering the same thing about a brown saddle I got years ago :P

jazzyrider 06-19-2008 12:36 AM

ah ok fair enough :) thank you :D

iridehorses 06-19-2008 06:51 AM

I regularly dye light oil tack to match a burgundy saddle I have (one of my saddles).

I start with a leather stripper. It is really an alcohol base product made to prepare leather to accept dye. The dye I prefer is made by Kelly and I get it at a shoe repair shop. I use two coats then let it sit for an hour. I then use a clean cotton rag to remove any excess and oil it up. I've had no problem with the dye coming off in my hands.

Warning: this is my personal experience and although I've done this many many times I can't tell you what your experience may be. I start out with a very good leather product and take care to strip it properly before applying the dye. I've done this with new and well used reins, saddlebags, and headstalls.


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