How to Re-Dye Leather Shoes

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If you have leather shoes that are still in good shape, but you wish they were a different colour, dyeing your shoes is one solution to the problem. It is easier than you might think to re-dye leather shoes. You will need speciality leather dye and cleaner, but you can dye leather shoes, bags or other garments to nearly any colour you prefer. Choose a smooth leather shoe to re-dye, prepare well and enjoy your new to you shoes.

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Things you need

  • Fiebing's Leather dye prep
  • Solvent
  • Fiebing's Pigment Leather dye in intermediate and final shades
  • Damp sponge and lint free rags
  • Newspaper or other cover for your work surface
  • Shoe polish and buffing rag

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    How to Re-Dye Leather Shoes

  1. 1

    Use Fiebing's Dye-Prep to clean all residues, dirt and finishes off of your leather shoes. Apply the Dye-Prep with a sponge or rag. The finish should be removed from the leather and some of the colour may as well. If the leather has been lacquered, you will need to use a solvent based cleaner before the Dye-Prep.

  2. 2

    Soak a clean, lint free rag in the intermediate shade of leather dye. You can also opt for a dauber sold for shoe polish or a wool cloth for this purpose.

  3. 3

    Apply the first coat of leather dye. If you are changing from a very light to a very dark colour, use an in between shade first. Apply the leather dye evenly and rub away excess with a soft cloth. You can add a second coat if needed.

  4. 4

    Soak a clean cloth in the final shoe dye colour. Apply evenly, being careful to get into any detailing and seams. Wipe away excess. Repeat this process.

  5. 5

    Use shoe polish in an appropriate shade to polish your newly dyed leather shoes.

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