Dyeing leather boots

Discussion in 'threads and dreads' started by Oula, Sep 9, 2019.

  1. Oula

    Oula You front the money, I'll do all the talking

    Anyone dyed boots before? I want to make some tan ones black. Have googled but would appreciate advice from anyone who's done it.
     
  2. moose

    moose like some cat from Japan

    Two ways:
    1. Surface dye like this: Dylon Shoe Dye | Timpsons Shoe Dye | Shoe Dye Kit by Timpson or Tarrago Shoe Dye Tarrago Shoe Dye
    Requires very thorough prep to remove previous finishes, treatment and grease, and not brilliant on leather that has to crinkle or crease a lot, for example across toes, because it will split and flake in time. However, it comes in great colours and can even make dark colours light.

    2. Penetration dye like this Fiebings Leather Dye Fiebings Leather Dye - soaks in deep, requires less prep than the surface dye, and doesn't flake off in creases. Can only be used to make leather darker.

    What to choose will depend on the current finish on the boots. Got any pics?
     
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  3. Oula

    Oula You front the money, I'll do all the talking

    Thank you, that's very useful

    Will take some tomorrow
     
  4. Oula

    Oula You front the money, I'll do all the talking

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    Having looked at all the colour options on the Feibings link that you posted moose I'm now thinking of doing them red. I assume if I don't like the red I'd be able to due black over the top as it was suggesting doing a two stage dye of a colour like red and then black to get from a light colour to a darker colou . Do you think it would work changing this colour to red?
     
  5. Oula

    Oula You front the money, I'll do all the talking

    Do you need a closer up picture to see the finish?
     
  6. moose

    moose like some cat from Japan

    A closer pic would be good - but obvs I couldn't guarantee 100% it'd work by looking at a pic. You should do a little test in an inconspicuous place before going the whole hog.
    Yes, red would go black if you wanted - I did some Dr Martens sandals dark red then went over them with black a year later. If you go use Fiebings, make sure you wear gloves and put newspaper down, and lock up small children and animals - it stains everything it touches! :eek: And you might need Deglazer or some other cleaning product to prep the leather.
     
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  7. Oula

    Oula You front the money, I'll do all the talking

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    Does that help at all moose?
     

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  8. moose

    moose like some cat from Japan

    Yeah they should work. But because the dye is transparent, all those little white and dark spots will show up, so make sure you clean them thoroughly first.
     
  9. Oula

    Oula You front the money, I'll do all the talking

    Thank you. Something I read suggested cleaning with dilute leather bleach. Does that sound like a good idea?
     
  10. Oula

    Oula You front the money, I'll do all the talking

  11. moose

    moose like some cat from Japan

    I've always use Fiebings Deglazer, which is a lethal solvent - not sure what leather bleach is!
    One more top tip with Fiebings: try to buy the pack that comes with the wool dauber, or get one separately - they're the best thing for application.
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  12. 8115

    8115 Macaroni straws.

    The thread may not dye, bear this in mind, I think they use a special kind of thread maybe waxed but when I've dyed clothes sometimes the thread doesn't take the dye.
     
  13. Oula

    Oula You front the money, I'll do all the talking

    I was planning to use the deglazer but the thing I read said to clean them even before that work leather bleach - I think it was American though so I don't know what an English alternative is. Did you just go straight for it with the deglazer?

    I had been looking at those little ball things, good to know they are worth it. Didn't know you can get them included with the Feibings. I can only find them in packs of
    20 at the moment. Will keep looking.

    Good point. I think that will look OK
     
  14. moose

    moose like some cat from Japan

    Tr Le Prevo in Newcastle, they have a website and sell on eBay. No glasses on so can’t find link but it’s in the thread I just accidentally posted on and bumped :D
     
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  15. Oula

    Oula You front the money, I'll do all the talking

    Dying in progress IMG_20190919_213042.jpg
     
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  16. moose

    moose like some cat from Japan

    Looking good. You'll need a clear polish over the top when they're completely dry in a few days.
     
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