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Re-dying a saddle..........(14 posts)

Re-dying a saddle..........Dave Hickey
Jan 14, 2003 6:57 AM
It doesn't snow much in Texas but last Sunday, it was sleeting and snowing. After a mind numbing 90 minute spin on the trainer, I decided to re-dye an old saddle. The saddle used to be red and white. The white portion was wearing off. I went to Walgreens and bought Kiwi black shoe dye. I applied about 6 coats and let the saddle sit overnight. Yesterday morning I put leather conditioner on the entire saddle. Last night, I went for a 30 mile ride and the black dye is not rubbing off. If you've ever wondered if you can re-dye a saddle, the answer is yes.
Thanks for that....PEDDLEFOOT
Jan 14, 2003 7:15 AM
...bit of information.I was just looking at an old Flite a friend of mine wanted to get rid of but it had some worn areas.Now I think I'll get it and try that out.
Looks terrific! I have a decrepit 20-year-old B-17OldEdScott
Jan 14, 2003 7:39 AM
I may try spiffing up. How in the world did you keep the black dye off the white threads?
Looks terrific! I have a decrepit 20-year-old B-17Dave Hickey
Jan 14, 2003 7:42 AM
The black dye came off the white threads. The Kiwi instructions said don't use on fabric so it worked to my advantage.
What's the bike? It has a retro vibe about it ... nmOldEdScott
Jan 14, 2003 8:07 AM
Bianchi Single SpeedDave Hickey
Jan 14, 2003 8:13 AM
It's a 1989 Bianchi Premio.
A beauty! AlthoughOldEdScott
Jan 14, 2003 8:20 AM
1989 is hopelessly 'modern' for me and my '85 Miyata 1000!
Mmmmm, fluted seat post!Tig
Jan 14, 2003 1:53 PM
Nice job on the saddle. I need to do the same for one of mine.

If you ever run across a 27.2 mm fluted seat post, let me know. I'd love to use one on the single speed.
I'll keep my eyes open...Dave Hickey
Jan 15, 2003 3:02 AM
I bought that one for $10 on Ebay. I painted the flutes black and polished it up. It turned out great.
Is it a Laprade, by any chance? nmOldEdScott
Jan 15, 2003 5:28 AM
Yep. a 26.6 Laprade nmDave Hickey
Jan 15, 2003 8:04 AM
Yep. a 26.6 Laprade nmOldEdScott
Jan 15, 2003 8:54 AM
Thought I recognized it! I got one too. What did you use to paint the flutes? I like that look.
Looks great!speedisgood
Jan 14, 2003 7:51 AM
Did you light the polish on fire or apply it cold?
Tip for dyeing leather....coonass
Jan 14, 2003 5:05 PM
Wipe the leather down with Acetone (same as your wife/girlfriend's fingernail polish remover) a couple of times, then apply the dye...