Fiebings Professional Oil Dye is arguably one of the best dyes out there for easy of use and clean even coverage. The pro oil dye is an improvement over the traditional leather dye. It comes in 16 beautiful colors and is designed to take your natural veg tanned leather to an amazing colored finish.
The pro dye can achieve nice results in 1 coat, each additional coating will darken the color to your preferred look. With wool daubers or sponge you can customize your finish to either add more dye to certain areas for depth and contrast or a nice even finish.
For a glossy finish you can add rub in some Fiebing's Resolene to seal in the color and add some shine.
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A Guide to using Fiebing's Leather Dye
Dying leather is an art, not a science. Variations in materials, conditions and artist touch will have a direct effect on the results. No two leathers will always accept dye with uniform results. This color chart should be used as a guide and the dye should be tested on swatches of scrap before dyeing your final article.
Preparing the Leather for Dying: In the tanning process, various protective surface finishes are given to leather hides. This finish must be removed before dying. Fiebing’s DEGLAZER is recommended for stripping off tanning finishes and making the leather receptive to dyes.
Applying the Dye: After the leather has been cleaned and prepared as recommended above, apply the dye evenly using a piece of wool skin, cloth, or a dauber. An alternative method of covering large areas evenly is to spray with a spray-gun or air brush. A second coat of dye may be applied if required. After dying, remove excess surface dye by rubbing briskly with a soft cloth. You can also apply Resolene to seal in the dye and provide nice gloss finish
Color Control: When changing from a previously dyed color, it is best to do it in two steps. First, neutralize the original color with an intermediate color. Then repeat the dying process with the final color desired.
To dye natural leather black, dye it green or blue and then black
For natural into dark blue, first weak black (4 to 1) then dark blue
For natural into brown, first dye light green, then brown
For natural into black, first green, then black
For natural into bright red, first yellow, then red
For natural into dark red, first tan, then dark red
Always let the first color dry before applying the second
Dye Mixing for Intermediate Colors: Fiebing Dyes may be combined to acheive intermediate colors or tones not shown on the chart. In most cases the basic rules of any color mixing apply.
Yellow and Blue = varying shades of green
Yellow and red = varying shades of orange to red
Red and Blue = shades of deep purple to lavender
Red and purple = wine
Brown and yellow = golden brown or tan
Brown and red = maroon to dark brown
An infinite number of color shades are possible.
Mixtures can be tested on swatches until the desired color is achieved
TIP: Do not attempt to mix Fiebing’s White Leather Dye or Fiebing’s Grey Leather Dye. White and Grey are not compatible for mixing with the other dye colors.
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