Best leather dye?

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Best leather dye?

Post by Dan In MI » Sat Apr 17, 2021 4:06 am

Google would get me probably half a billion hits on this topic, but I value the opinions of this community. That said, rather than having a sheath made, I simply bought one. However, I'll want to dye it black. What would y'all feel that the best widely available and not horribly expensive leather dye would be?
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Re: Best leather dye?

Post by texoma » Sat Apr 17, 2021 11:22 am

Fiebing Pro Dye covers well, I really like the results and it's oil base. It does not stiffen the leather compared to Fiebing or other Leather Dye with alcohol and you will have less chance of the leather cracking. It might cost more but to me it's worth it. It sounds like you bought a sheath already stitched, I always dye my leather before stitching so I can't provide any help or how the finished results will look, especially on and around the stitching. Good luck.

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Re: Best leather dye?

Post by geocash » Sat Apr 17, 2021 5:08 pm

I don't disagree with anything texoma said but thought I'd just add something. If the leather has already been dyed it may have some type of sealer or finish applied as a final step to reduce absorption of stains. And that would make it less likely to absorb more dye or get an even distribution. I'd rather have solutions to offer but maybe I can help you avoid another problem. Good luck.

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Re: Best leather dye?

Post by Dan In MI » Sat Apr 17, 2021 5:53 pm

texoma wrote:
Sat Apr 17, 2021 11:22 am
It sounds like you bought a sheath already stitched.
You are correct. I suppose I could somehow remove the stitching and stitch it back together by hand, provided that it isn't dyed.
geocash wrote:
Sat Apr 17, 2021 5:08 pm
If the leather has already been dyed it may have some type of sealer or finish applied as a final step to reduce absorption of stains. And that would make it less likely to absorb more dye or get an even distribution.
Having taken another look at the photo, it does appear to be dyed. But I will have a good look at it before proceeding any further. Worst case scenario, I could always return it or use it as a pattern. This is the sheath in question, just in case a link may help:

https://www.smkw.com/case-open-top-shea ... er-ca50289

Thanks for the helpful advice!
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Re: Best leather dye?

Post by Mumbleypeg » Sat Apr 17, 2021 6:27 pm

I haven’t tried it myself, but Fiebing is a well known brand for dye with a solid reputation. It’s hard to imagine that an oil-based dye would harm the stitching. At the price of the sheath plus the dye you wouldn’t be out musc if it didn’t work well but that’s your decision. My guess would be the risk is low. JMO. If you don’t want to risk it get a quote from one of the leather workers here on AAPK to get what you want. Costs nothing to ask.

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Re: Best leather dye?

Post by Rossr » Sat Apr 17, 2021 7:01 pm

Hi,

I'd echo the fiebing pro dye. It's really all I use any more to dye leather. I would also agree there is a good chance the sheath in the link had a finish on it so tough to say if it will take dye.

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Re: Best leather dye?

Post by geocash » Sat Apr 17, 2021 7:08 pm

I use linen thread, which is white, & more often than not, I dye the thread before stitching unless I want white stitching. It doesn’t seem to hurt the thread at all.

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Re: Best leather dye?

Post by OLDE CUTLER » Sat Apr 17, 2021 7:15 pm

Rossr wrote:
Sat Apr 17, 2021 7:01 pm
Hi,

I'd echo the fiebing pro dye. It's really all I use any more to dye leather. I would also agree there is a good chance the sheath in the link had a finish on it so tough to say if it will take dye.

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Yes, I would also agree with this. The Fiebing oil dye is what I use. The black dye may not penetrate the leather sheath you have if it has a finish or silicone waterproofed on it. If it does have a finish on it your black dye will look blotchy and not be an even color.
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Re: Best leather dye?

Post by Dan In MI » Sat Apr 17, 2021 8:39 pm

I've sent Rossr a PM.
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Re: Best leather dye?

Post by Dan In MI » Tue Apr 20, 2021 5:59 am

This saga continues...

The sheath arrived today. It's definitely dyed. I took to Google in search of more options, and eventually made my way to Fiebing's site. There I found the following:

https://fiebing.com/re-dyeing-your-leather-furniture/

This process involves a de-glazer, new dye, and a sealant. Taking into consideration the supplies needed, a custom-made sheath would probably be more cost-effective. But re-dyeing is out there as an option. Can anyone comment as to how well that process works?
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Re: Best leather dye?

Post by orvet » Tue Apr 20, 2021 9:46 am

I use Fiebing's de-glaizer, good stuff. ::nod::

I found out something not too long ago about black leather dye, the fellow who runs the leather shop in my town said all black dyes are just dark versions of blue dye, except for USMC black dye. He said it is a true black dye with no blue in it.
Now I can't remember which company makes it is either Fiebings or Lincoln. ::dang:: ::dang::
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Re: Best leather dye?

Post by Dan In MI » Tue Apr 20, 2021 1:12 pm

USMC Black is made by Fiebing's. I'm glad you mentioned that all other black dyes are actually very dark blue. That will save me some aggravation if I re-dye that sheath.
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Re: Best leather dye?

Post by texoma » Tue Apr 20, 2021 3:14 pm

I agree USMC is the blackest black and the other dyes might have a blue tint but I doubt you will see your sheath blue, it will definitely look black. I've used Fiebing Black Pro, Black alcohol and USMC Black alcohol and depending on how you finish your project you probably would not know which one is which. I'm not a professional, it's a hobby, never sold a project even though my friends and family say I should. I will add if you haven't used dye much alcohol can be harder to apply and if you add to much a one time be prepared, it's a little chalky. Good Luck

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Re: Best leather dye?

Post by Mumbleypeg » Tue Apr 20, 2021 4:00 pm

Dan In MI wrote:
Sat Apr 17, 2021 8:39 pm
I've sent Rossr a PM.
IMHO you’re moving in the right direction. Unless you’re interested in doing leatherwork as a hobby, you can spend more time and money just fooling around than you’ll spend buying what you want from someone who knows what they’re doing.

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Re: Best leather dye?

Post by Dan In MI » Tue Apr 20, 2021 7:06 pm

Ken, you are correct. I looked into picking up the tools, and quickly dismissed it as financially irresponsible.
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