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How To Dye Leather

Watch more Easy Sewing Projects videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Modify the color of natural leather by using these tips. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Select a dye Select a suitable dye, which will be depend on the type of leather you are working with. Alcohol-based dyes add a strong color to leather, but tend to stiffen it. Water-based dyes do not add as strong a color, but they are better at preserving the leather's natural suppleness. Step 2: Clean the leather Clean the leather surface, taking care to remove any coating or dirt present. Tip Use a commercially available leather deglazer. Step 3: Dampen the leather Spray the leather with water, or dampen it with a moist sponge until it is uniformly wet. Step 4: Apply the dye Apply the dye evenly with a clean cloth. Step 5: Let the leather dry Allow the leather to dry. As it dries, flex it occasionally to keep it from becoming stiff. Step 6: Buff the leather Buff the leather with a soft, clean cloth to remove any excess dye. Did You Know? Did you know? Egyptians made a red dye called "madder," extracted from plants, about 4,000 years ago.
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