Dying articles that have already been dyed has problems not encountered when dying new, undyed leather. Our range of 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.


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.


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 spirit based dyes are "ink" dyes so 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 to take.

We would recommend that you contact 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".


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 care must be taken to remove any dye dust beforehand, otherwise it can mix with the creme and sit on the surface.


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.