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What's the best way to reduce leather dye

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Sorry for the very newbie question

But what is the purpose of reducing dye?

Sounds like it could help with keeping a consistent color across the entire piece.

Edited by GregS
clarify my question

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Thinning dye helps it to penetrate the thickness of the leather. Initially it will look blotchy but as more diluted dye is applied this blotchyness evens out until it totally disappears. Diluting dye also slows its drying. Neat dye put on leather dries fairly quickly and often leaves a blotchy look, dense colour where you first applied the dye with dauber/brush/sponge and less dense where it ran out. Another coat of dye can often not flow into the first to even out the colour.  Diluted dye will still look the same at first but as it is slower drying the next application flows into the first application better

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1 hour ago, wizard of tragacanth said:

Doesn't reducing dye also allow to make lighter shades?  IDK, I have never tried it.

Yes. It gives you the ability to make it lighter. 

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