To change the colour of leather that has already been dyed once, you often have to dye it an intermediate colour first to help the material make the transition. However, blue is already a transition colour to black, so dyeing blue leather black does not require an intermediate coat. All you have to do is strip the leather, dye it black and polish it or buff it smooth. In one afternoon's work, you can transform a blue leather piece and give it a whole new look.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- 2 cotton cloths
- Leather stripper
- Black leather dye
- Dye brushes
- Leather polish (optional)
- Leather sealer (optional)
Wet a cotton cloth with a leather stripper and firmly rub the leather with the cloth to strip off dirt, oils or other coatings. Apply the stripper to a toothbrush and use it to strip small, fiddly areas. Let the leather sit for 10 minutes while the stripper evaporates.
Brush black dye onto the leather with a dye brush, smoothly and evenly. Use a small-tipped brush for hard-to-reach areas. Let the dye dry for half an hour.
Apply additional coats of dye until you reach your desired shade of black. Let each coat dry for half an hour before applying the next. Let the final coat dry for two hours.
Rub a clean cotton cloth over the leather to buff it smooth.
Tips and warnings
- Stuff leather shoes or garments with stiff paper to make them easier to paint.
- Apply a leather polish after buffing if you want a shiny look.
- Apply a leather sealer after buffing if the item is likely to rub against other materials often.
- Apply strippers, dyes and polishes outdoors to avoid breathing fumes or staining carpets.
- Do not apply more coats of dye than necessary. Too much dye can dry and damage the leather.
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