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Paint or stain leatherwork?

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Depends on what look you are after. If you want bright vibrant colors, I use Angelus acrylic leather paint. If you just want different shades of brown, I use different colors of Fiebings brown dye. Stain and colored dyes look more faded and not as bright on leather, so they give a muted affect.

I have hand tremors, so I prefer to use Acrylics. If I get some in the wrong spot, I can wipe it off. With stains and dyes, especially, there is no going back.


Here is one with just dye


Here is one with acrylic


I don't use stains, so I don't have an example.

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Also, I prefer acrylic because I can get even color application. Its very easy to get splotchy dye or stain on leather.

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Thank You very much Colt! I have done a few contrasting stains and like you they bleed a little and like you also said, no going back. I will find some acrylics and give them a try.

Here is a wallet I did with different color stains. Its OK..... First wallet attempt. Not very proud of it. But some of my friends really like it.

Wallet Skull.jpg

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