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post #1 of 5 Old 11-14-2008, 07:59 PM Thread Starter
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How to Darken Leather????

Well, I've been trying to darken a bridle I got a while ago for forever. Right now I'm using Hydrophane Leather Darkening Oil but it only seems to darken it 1/10 of a shade each time I use it. I've had the bridle for a few months and use the darkening oil whenever I have time but it just doesn't get darker.

Also, right now I have it a decent shade but there's still a red tint to it that I can't stand. Any advice on how to get rid of the red??

Thanks in advance for the help!
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post #2 of 5 Old 11-14-2008, 08:06 PM
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What I've done is to actually dye a bridle I needed to match a saddle. Kelly makes a leather dye that you can get at a shoe repair shop or possibly at Walmart.

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post #3 of 5 Old 11-14-2008, 08:07 PM
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otherwise...oil it and put it in the sun...

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For the Kelly's Leather Dye what kind would you recomend for an Oakbark color? Or maybe even a shade darker?? Do you know if it would get rid of the red tint?

Farmpony, I'd do that exempt the sun is gone until spring.... Lol! It seems like all winter long we are living in darkness.

Thanks both of you for the advice.
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post #5 of 5 Old 11-14-2008, 09:32 PM
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When a leather is tanned a specific color, there isn't much you can do to darken it after oiling unless you want to use a dye like people have mentioned. Certain brands of Oakbark just have a reddish tint to it, especially the cheaper ones. I have an HDR oakbark bridle that's a medium brown, but the edges have a reddish tint.
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