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Dying leather seat?(4 posts)

Dying leather seat?niteschaos
Mar 17, 2003 1:36 PM
my seat is becoming discolored and I want to dye it black to cover it all up. How should I go about doing this?
I just dyed both of my saddles...DINOSAUR
Mar 17, 2003 3:54 PM
Both of my saddles (on different bikes) were black to start with, so it was easy. I picked up some black Kiwi leather dye that comes in a plastic bottle with an applicator. I put on a couple of coats of dye then put a coat of soft leather Kiwi shoe polish on top of the dye job. Both saddles came out looking like almost brand new. If your saddle is not black to start with you might have a problem as a lot of saddles have some type of water repellent coating. I tried to dye a third saddle that was red and the dye would not adhere to the leather. I also found that the soft polish (not the type in a can) does a better job of penetrating the leather...
Those who are about to DYE, we salute you!Alexx
Mar 18, 2003 5:32 AM
Still, I like my natural leather saddle. No dye, no dye stains on shorts, looks great with nothing more than proofhide on it.
re: Dying leather seat?tarwheel
Mar 18, 2003 6:03 AM
I think Dino's tips should work, but you could also take it to a shoe shop for dying. I've seen saddles that have been dyed red and blue at shoe shops and the color holds well. Just make sure you wear black cycling shorts afterwards.