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Can you dye a leather saddle a different color?(3 posts)

Can you dye a leather saddle a different color?Scummer
May 30, 2002 8:45 AM
I have a wonderfully broken-in, white, Sella Italia Turbo saddle that would look much better if black. (Just bought a new bike with black trim) Has anyone tried dying a leather saddle a different color? If so, what was the outcome. (I know, why not just buy a new black one? Because the white one has a ton of miles on it and simply feels great!)
Should be easy...retro
May 30, 2002 9:22 AM
I've never dyed a saddle, but I've used ordinary leather dye to color several other things. Black (especially) is fast, easy and permanent.
You can sometimes find it in grocery stores or Target kinda places, next to the shoe polish. If not, shoe repair shops carry it. The kinds I've used are liquids in a bottle with a swab applicator in the cap. Just smear on an even coat, let it dry, then use whatever you use anyway on the leather--Proofide, clear shoe polish, paste wax or nothing.
Two precautions: There may be some ruboff at first. When the dye dries, rub it briskly with a dry rag or towel, then wear black shorts for awhile.
And if there's a glaze or other coating on the leather (probably not, since it's a well-used saddle), that could interfere with the absorption. But I even dyed the shoes I got married in (after I priced size 15 patent leather pumps), and they looked fine.
re: Yep....coonass
May 30, 2002 7:08 PM
First, wipe it down with Acetone.....this cleans the leather and then apply your leather dye....(this is what the shoe shops do when they dye leather)