How to Re-Dye Your Leather Coat

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How to Re-Dye Your Leather Coat
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Rejuvenate and give a whole new look to a leather coat by changing the colour. Leather that has been previously tinted can be easily redyed using a water-soluble leather dye. Leather dyes come in a wide range of colours. You can mix colours together to create your own individual colour, add water to make a subtle colour change or use straight to make a more considerable colour change. It is important to clean and prepare the leather on the coat before colouring to ensure adequate penetration of the dye.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Leather deglazer
  • Cloths
  • Leather dye
  • Sponge
  • Leather finish spray

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  1. 1

    Clean the leather and strip any previously applied conditioner or waterproofer using a leather deglazer. Rub the deglazer thoroughly into the leather using a damp cloth. Cover all leather surfaces. You may see a slight fading of the original colour.

  2. 2

    Mix the dye well before using. Use a stir stick, and scrape the bottom of the bottle to bring up any pigment that has settled. Put the cap on tight and shake well. Use a clean, empty dye bottle to mix together different dyes if you are customising the colour. Add water to make the dye more transparent.

  3. 3

    Test the dye to make sure the colour is what you anticipated. Test it on a swatch of same or similar leather or in an inconspicuous area of the coat. Adjust the dye if necessary.

  4. 4

    Sponge a layer of the dye onto the leather. Use long strokes to sponge an even coat and avoid blotchiness. Cover all surfaces.

  5. 5

    Hang the coat on a hanger, and allow the dye to dry for one to two hours. Apply a second layer of dye if needed to even out or enrich the colour.

  6. 6

    Buff the coat with a dry cloth once the dye job is finished and completely dry to remove any dry dye residue.

  7. 7

    Spray the coat with a protective leather finish.

Tips and warnings

  • Wear latex or plastic gloves when applying dye to avoid staining your skin. Wear painting clothes or an apron to avoid staining good clothes.

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