Saturday, February 6, 2016

DIY . How to Dye Leather Boots



In this video, I show how I dyed my leather cowboy boots. This is the second time I've done a DIY leather dye job and the process was quite straightforward. I am loving my "new" boots!

Here is what you need:
- A large workspace - a tiled floor works well
- Bedsheets, garbage bags, paper, or puppy pee pads to cover the workspace
- One Tarrago Color Dye Self-Shine Kit (contains instructions, 25ml preparer, 25ml dye, small sponge, and small brush)
- One Fiebing's Leather Dye Kit (contains 118ml dye and cotton dauber) - this is a penetrating dye but it doesn't say that anywhere on the packaging
- Waterproof gloves
- Mildly abrasive scrubber sponge
- Small foam brush
- Old washcloth

Step 1 - Prep the leather by using the "Preparer" included in the Tarrago kit. Work the product into the leather by buffing it in with a mildly abrasive sponge.

Step 2 - Apply a thin coat of the Fiebing's Penetrating Leather Dye right after preparing the leather (do not wait for the leather to dry). Use a small foam brush to apply the dye to large areas and the dauber to apply the dye to nooks & crannies. When the bag is somewhat dry to the touch, apply a second coat. Let dry for 24 hours.

Step 3 - Apply a thin layer of the Self-Shine Dye included in the Tarrago kit. Work the product into the leather with a sponge in a circular motion. Use a small foam brush to apply the dye to large areas and the small brush included in the Tarrago kit for the nooks & crannies. Wait a few hours and apply a second coat. Touch up the bag with the small brush as needed.

My DIY on How to Dye a Leather Bag links:
Video
Blog post
OOTD Update

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask and I will do my best to answer!

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