Sorry for bringing this topic back from the dead. It was the most relevant one I could find. I have a 5 gallon bucket filled with a 50/50 mixture of Angelus #605 and water. I have attempted to dip-finish my holsters but have had only one or two that were successful, and they were both solid black. I recently attempted a mahogany colored holster and it turned out very "blotchy." Specifically the mixture penetrated around the edges and stitch lines. I believe this is due to the needle holes allowing the mixture in there first and spreading from there, but I could be wrong. Hence, why I'm seeking advice. So, here's the pertinent information:
-8 ounce Wickett and Craig
-Dip-dyed in Angelus (custom in-house Mahogany blend)
-Dried in drying cabinet at approximately 105 degrees for 1 hour, then hung up for 2 days
-Warmed in drying cabinet for 30 minutes at 105 degrees
-Dipped in finish mixture for approximately 5 seconds (the one previous to this was a quick in and out, had similar results)
I'm thinking my next attempt will be for at least 10 seconds, but I'm curious if anyone else has any information or tips first.
My desire to get this right is because I love the firmness I got from the couple that turned out good. I think those were dipped for about 10 seconds as well.