If you have a great leather jacket, but hate the color or the perfect sofa and the color would look better if it was 1978, you may want to re-dye it. Changing the color of leather is not a new, break through idea; it has been around for a long time. Leather dyeing is a bit of an art, but with some practice, you can master it and change your, old no longer fashionable colors to new colors. Dyeing light color leathers to darker colors is fairly easy. Changing dark colors such as black, brown or gray to light colors may not be as easy. With some preparation and the right leather dyeing chemicals you can be successful.
Preparing to Dye Jackets, Pants, Purses and Sofas
Rub the surface of the jacket, purse, sofa or what have you with a soft damp rag to remove dirt and oils.
Run a dry cloth over the surface to remove excess moisture.
Spray or dip a clean lint-free rag into leather deglazer.
Rub the deglazer over all leather surfaces to remove waterproofing chemicals and conditioners. Work the deglazer into it with a slightly wet rag. The existing leather color may begin to fade. Continue to work it deglazer into it until you cover all of it.
Wipe the jacket, pants, gloves, sofa or purse with a damp cloth to remover deglazer residue.
Mix the dye according to the manufacturer's directions.
Stir or shake the dye to blend well and evenly. If any undiluted dye remain on the bottom of the dye bottle, use a stick to scrape it off and shake or stir well until no dye remains on the bottom or sides of the bottle.
Dip a sponge into it dye.
Apply the dye to it beginning at the top of the item and working your way to the bottom in one long swipe. Do not rub it dye into the surface in multiple directions because you will end up with a blotchy end result.
Apply leather dye to the entire leather surface, do not allow dye lines to overlap because when the dye dries the lines will be apparent. Carefully abutt the dye lines.
Hang leather jackets or purses up to dry for approximately two hours. Gently hang over a hanger, do not clothes pin or clip in place.
Apply a second coating of leather dye to deepen and darken the color in the same manner as the first application. Allow it surface to dry for four to six hours.
Rub a clean, lint-free cloth over it surface to remove excess dye.
Spray it with a leather sealer and preservative.
Test colors on hidden areas to make sure you are happy with the color before applying to the entire surface.
Practice applying dye to old leather items you do not care about.
Find leather dyes and preparation materials at specialty craft stores or via an internet search.
What Can You Re-Dye:
If you are re-dying items with sewn on patches, cover the patches and work carefully around them to avoid ruining them.
What Can't You Re-Dye
Items with a lot of decorative stitching or beading.