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Sealing Leather After Dyeing?

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7 hours ago, theclarkkids said:

question: im wanting to dye my nice western show saddle to black.  do i go right to black from the light brown leather or should i do dark brown first then black?  and when i put the sealer on would i do the 50/50 still?      any help would be greatly appreciated.  as it would cost me over $500 to have someone else do this. where i see this would be less then $50 prob. 

Are you going to remove the current finish or trying to dye over the finish?  I would suggest removing as much of the finish as you can first.  Some people will dye with blue before they go to black.  And yes, dilute resolene 50/50.

Tom

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I had a friend that just used rubbing alcohol to like strip it and then dyed it.   she went from the light leather right to black.    and i was told not to do the 50/50 as its thin as it is.  so im just wanting to do this correctly before i mess up a very nice costly saddle.

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FWIW I'm just redyeing some car leather for a client. It was a well worn very bright yellow and he wanted it just redyed black.

I rubbed it all down with cellulose thinners to get as much of the top finish off as possible. I applied about 6 coats of black dye which was thinned 1:1 with methylated spirits. This morning it got a coating of pure neetsfoot oil, which has been buffed in. Tomorrow I'll start applying the Resolene which is also diluted 1:1 but with water. I'll apply as many coats as I see it needs

Neat Resolene dries too fast and dries streaky, also drying too fast doesn't allow it to penetrate the leather. Diluting it helps it penetrate and flow better

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