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How to dye suede leather

Updated March 23, 2017

You were so excited when you scored the suede leather jacket that you'd your eyes on for months at a great discount price on the clearance rack. The only problem is, it's not the colour that you were hoping for. Don't settle for a colour that you don't like, change it. With a few easy-to-use products, you can transform your suede into any colour you want, and create a piece that's all your own.

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  1. Prep the suede before dyeing it with a suede cleaner. As with all other fabrics, it's best to start with a clean product before dyeing. Any dirt that's on the suede could cause variations in the colour of the dye if you don't remove it. Read all manufacturer instructions for the suede cleaner before using, as each cleaning agent is different.

  2. Allow the suede leather to dry completely before dyeing. For best results, place the suede in a dry, well-ventilated area, and allow for at least 24 hours of drying time. Once all moisture is gone from the material, you're ready to dye.

  3. Apply the dye evenly over the entire area of the suede. If you're using a spray dye, hold the container about 12 inches from the suede, and spray in a sweeping motion, from side to side. If you're using a nonspray dye, apply it to the suede using an old cloth. Allow the dye to sit for 20 minutes, and apply a second coat of dye if needed.

  4. Remove excess dye from the suede using an old sponge. Blot the sponge over the entire area, swapping for a clean sponge as needed. Continue blotting until no more dye transfers to the sponge.

  5. Place the suede in a dry, well-ventilated area to allow the dye to completely dry. This can take anywhere from 12 to 24 hours, depending on the dye you use.

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Things You'll Need

  • Suede cleaner
  • Suede dye
  • Old cloths and sponges

About the Author

Jessica Leigh is a professional writer with works published for "The Houston Chronicle" and various websites. In addition to pursuing a degree in legal studies she has years of experience in the financial industry as a tax preparer.

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