Leather dye

Discussion in 'Firearms' started by madamimadam, Jan 19, 2011.

  1. madamimadam

    madamimadam New Member

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    Does antbody kbow of a good way to dye a tan leather to black? Just got an awsome holster, but I want it black. Hopefuly something that wont bkeed on my waistline.

    Many thanks in advance.
     
  2. ABC3

    ABC3 Member

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    Send it to me and I'll dye it black and seal it for you. You pay shipping.
     

  3. madamimadam

    madamimadam New Member

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    how about tell me how to do it instead? :p
     
  4. zookeper

    zookeper Active Member

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    it will cost you more to do it yourself and do it right than the shipping offer above.

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    hey Al! is that offer good for me? :)
     
  5. dam294

    dam294 Active Member

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    That is a mighty generous offer Al. :righton:
     
  6. madamimadam

    madamimadam New Member

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    I still would like to know what the proper process is, even if somebody else does it. Curiosity i guess
     
  7. zookeper

    zookeper Active Member

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    i've never dyed over a piece that was previously sealed and top coated.

    most use an oil based dye when possible, i use some alcohol and water based gel antiques as needed for my projects. it can be dipped or applied with a sponge or wool dauber. dyed leather when dried is sealed and top coated. the sealant and topcoat you use will depend on the sheen and luster you desire and what dye you used, there are many.

    once your holster goes black, it'll never go back.
     
  8. rashley

    rashley New Member

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    You're likely going to run into problems dying over a top-coat. The one time I tried I couldn't get a conistant color, it wanted to splotch.

    If you do manage it let me know what you used... I'd be very curious.
     
  9. tbill

    tbill Member

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    I think a big "THANK YOU" to Al for his kind offer is in order.
     
  10. madamimadam

    madamimadam New Member

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    yes, indeed.

    THANK YOU for your gracious offer Al.

    :righton:

    If i screw this first one up ill send you the next one!
     
  11. JiG

    JiG Awaiting censure

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    Depends on the results you want. i got satisfactory results from a novice neighbor who died an El Paso holster for me. It's not perfect, but it is darn good enough for the reason i needed the holster to be black instead of tan. I can ask what he did, but the gist is he scuffed up the finish on the leather before dying and dyed it. I can see some scratch marks, so there's probably some extra work that could be done to clean it up better, but overall, not bad, not bad at all.