Types of Dye
Leather Dye (order code C09) is a spirit based transparent ink type dye. It is a good straightforward product available in 25 different colours.
Professional Oil Dye (order code C26) is a more intense colour with greater penetrative powers. The solvents in this dye are kinder to the leather and have less of a drying effect on the natural oils.
Leather Stain (order code C99) is a relatively new water based acrylic ink type dye. It is non flammable.
Acrylic Antique Stain (order code C98) is a water based ink type dye which produces a more “muddy” colour for a well worn antique look.
Acrylic Dye (order code C30) is actually a pigment layer which sits on the surface. It gives a very definite colour and can cover any other colour without “colour addition” but it is liable to physical damage.
The best way to apply all the dyes with the exception of C30 is to use cotton cloth – an old poly-cotton sheet or cotton shirt is ideal. Tear off a square about A4 size and fold and roll it into a small hard cylinder.
Slightly dampen this by tipping up the mouth of the bottle to the rag cylinder. Use very little dye.
Rub this dampened roll over the leather very lightly. This is very important. Try to cover the whole surface of your piece of work with a light coat of dye. It doesn't matter if you can hardly see any change.
Now do it again and again skimming up and down and from side to side and round and round and diagonally. This will confuse the eye and prevent any streaks. As you proceed you will see areas where the dye is not as intense as others and you can press harder as you pass these places to increase the colour.
Dip Dying We do not recommend this method. The solvents in the dyes can dry the leather too much and lead to cracking
Finishes Our most popular finishes
Carnauba Cream (order code C12) This is a mixture of natural waxes that is applied with a soft cloth and buffed to a mellow sheen.
Resolene (order code C54) is a flexible acrylic lacquer which is water resistant. It is available in clear for coloured leathers and also in black which gives an intensity to leather which has been dyed with any of the above dyes.
We have taken every care to give accurate information on this sheet but leather is a natural material and we cannot guarantee every piece of information for every piece of leather. Please proceed with care.
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