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Dyeing finished leather

Discussion in 'Handguns: Holsters and Accessories' started by Mac2, May 7, 2011.

  1. Mac2

    Mac2 Well-Known Member

    I have a few older shoulder holsters, all in finished brown. I wear mainly black T shirts with a black leather vest most of the time. The brown rig sticks out like, well you know.
    Has anybody had any experience dyeing over already finished leather?
    Thanks, Mac.
  2. hoghunting

    hoghunting Well-Known Member

    You can use black shoe polish as it works very well.
  3. Jeff F

    Jeff F Well-Known Member

    It may depend on what the leather was originally dyed with, but I have striped the finish off of leather before with Denatured alcohol then re dyed with very good results. I know there are a few here that work with leather, hopefully one will reply.
  4. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

  5. rbernie

    rbernie Well-Known Member

    Paste or cream shoe polish will likely wind up rubbing off on your clothing.
  6. dho3

    dho3 Well-Known Member

    That is funny, because I own many pairs of cowboy boots of high quality and frequently polish them with cordovan polish to give them a different color appearance and it never wears off for years.
  7. doubleh

    doubleh Well-Known Member

    The original finish need to be removed for the best results. You will get better dye penetration and a more even coverage doing this. After the dye is dry simply apply a new finish coat to protect the leather.

    I prefer Fiebing's oil based dyes and Neat Lac is a very durable finish and is easily touched up. It does give a glossy finish though. There are satin and dull finishes available.

    Tandy Leather Company or Hidecrafter's will have everything you will need to do a proper color change.

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