Dying articles that have already been dyed has problems not encountered when dying new, undyed leather. Our range of Fiebing's dyes, preparers and finishes are top quality but because the circumstance of their use is out of our control, we cannot guarantee success in all cases.
Preparing The surface of your article may have a lacquer or a pigment layer that will stop a new dye from penetrating. "Deglazer" (order code C19) may help cut through this.
Grease If the surface has any greasy places, this might cause a blotchy result. "Dye Prep" (order code C37) should help to remove this grease.
Colour Addition Our Dyes (apart from the Acrylic range) are "ink" dyes. That is to say, they soak into the leather. This is very durable and will not flake off but it does mean that you will get colour addition. For example - if your leather is yellow and you apply a blue dye, the final result will probably be green.
Upholstery Leather This type of leather usually has a vigorous pigment layer that makes it difficult for our dyes. We would recommend that you contact www.woolies-trim.co.uk who can mix a dye to match your colour.
Motorcycle Suits Bright coloured panels often have a strong dirt resistant layer that resists a new dye application. It might be possible to cut through this with "Deglazer".
Thread If your article has been sewn with synthetic thread, this will not accept the dye. If you attempt a radical change of colour, you may be left with a contrasting thread.
After Dying If the surface of your leather has offered any resistance, the new dye may not be fully absorbed and might leave a dusty deposit. This should be removed by rubbing with a clean cloth until no staining of the cloth occurs.
Final Finish We would recommend using a finishing product to seal and protect the surface. To fully seal the surface and to provide the greatest security against any dye coming off someone's clothing the best product is "Saddle-Lac" aerosol lacquer (order code C04). A less shiny but still water resistant finish is "Resolene" (order code C54) which is applied with a rag. A more natural sheen can be achieved by using "Carnauba Creme" (order code C12) but great care must be taken to remove any dye dust before using. If any dust remains, it can mix with the carnauba creme sit on the surface.
Suede The surface should be prepared by using "Suede Cleaner" (order code C92) to remove any grease spots and dirt. It is not possible to seal the surface without loosing the nap. It will help to rub the surface with a clean rag when the dye is dry and then apply a spray of "Scotch Guard".