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Re-dyeing Leather

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Over time leather can become scuffed and worn. Rather than buying a new purse, couch, or having your car seats reupholstered dyeing the leather may be the solution. This is a guide about re-dyeing leather.


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By 0 found this helpful
October 25, 2007

I have a purple purse and I would like to know if you dye leather and bake the dye into the purse so it does not come off. The shoe maker place told me you have to bake the dye to make it stay from coming off. I want it dyed black.

Kim from Maumee, OH


October 25, 20070 found this helpful

Putting black leather dye over purple shouldn't be too hard. Just prepare the leather surface well. Use several coats. and then seal with black wax polish. I don't know about the heat - sounds to me as if it would be bad for the leather??? Go to someplace that deal with leather crafts, like the Tandy's chain. They will have everything you need.

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October 25, 20070 found this helpful

I agree with previous boster, but I know that SOME dyes require heat to set them--usually boiling for a few minutes. I suspect baking the leather while wet wouldn't hurt too much but better to check b4 ruining!

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October 26, 20070 found this helpful

Go to . They have actual leather dye, not thinned down paint. It is guaranteed not to peel, flake or chip.

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October 27, 20070 found this helpful

My dh, who does leather work has dyed shoes and purses for me. Find proper leather dye and follow instructions. There is proper lacquer finish to use on top.


Due to fumes work in ventilated area. Allow 24 hours for each application to dry and absorb properly. I have a pair of previously white leather clogs that he did and put in an aged look by dying a blood red under the wear creases and years later they look better than ever with no white ever showing through. Tandy is the number one source of leather work and their web site is informative.

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By KNEIT1221 (Guest Post)
October 28, 20070 found this helpful

If I sent you the purse could you dye it? Please let me know. Thank you, Kim

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April 29, 2007

Can I use colour shoe wax to change the colour of my leather sofa or do I have to buy the dye kits which work out expensive for a traditional 3 piece suites.



By Carol in PA (Guest Post)
May 2, 20070 found this helpful

Perhaps a person who works at a shoe repair shop could tell you how to dye leather. the only other idea I have is to contact the manufacturer for suggestions. I worry the dye will come off on your clothing.

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July 12, 2012

I tried removing an ink spot off a Coach wallet. Now the leather pigment is removed. Can I re-dye the off white color onto the leather?

By Tamara S. from OK

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December 23, 2009

I need helpful advice for repairing and dyeing my old and loved leather couch.

By Helen from Sandy, UT

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