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Old 05-31-2006, 09:01 PM
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Leather dye

My tan leather shift knob is turning dark and showing age, but still in good shape! Is there a dye that is best for staining it back to tan?

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SEM has some products that my work for that and one can use shoe dye to restore those..just let in dry well and it will work fine as far as I can see..Of course you will need some leather dressing on it as well..

Part of the thing with leather is that it does "gain character" with use..

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Ritz dye

Would Ritz Dye work? It is at Walmart! The lady said they use it to dye clothing.
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Do not use ritz die. It is designed for fibers and will not create a finish.

Use the prior recommendation or you will make a mess.

And again on a shifter you want to put a finish dressing on it or it will give you a tan palm
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Thanks!

Thank you all for the information!
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leather dye

There is an old company that makes brush on leather dye in any color-I've used it on several Porsches and Mercedes. Perfect natural looking match. I'm having mental flatulence right now- might be Bill Hirsch but don't hold me to it. Bill
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Do not use ritz die. It is designed for fibers and will not create a finish.
I had a guy tell me he used Ritz dye on carpet by mixing it and using a spray bottle to apply it. Anyone else have any experience with that?
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Leather Dye

Leather requires an "analine" dye; ie. one made with an alcohol base. There might be some others that will work, but this is what the factories use, I believe.
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Before you try to dye........ if the leather is solid clean it with Armor-All and see what that does. That stuff really cleans leather well if it's just dirty. If that doesn't work, SEM is the way to go.
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If the leather is getting darker dying it, even with a lighter dye, will make it darker still.

What you need to do is clean the leather, I would suggest saddle soap. You can get this from http://www.leatherfactory.com/

They also carry spray laquer finish that may help keep it from getting darker after it's cleaned.
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Thank you!

Hey Rickrak77, great info. Thanks!
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For a leather dye check your local jobber or check with a shoe a larger shoe store. Shoes are dyed a different color all of the time and will withstand the abuse. Your jobber should have have dyes in either a rattle can or it can be mixed to your specs for you to spray.
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Its too simple, go to local paint jobber and get the color mixed up in sem.

A body shop and I bought an extended ford van for a police youth league and we are painting the van Black and white to match the police cars.
Now these are troubled kids bit we are teaching them to prep and paint.

The whole interior was gray and is now a medium dark blue prepped and painted by the kids. Its professional level looking and the oldest kid is 14.

All I did was adjust the gun and showed them how close to hold and that was a sight as we had the whole interior of this van on the shop floor with three kids painting at the same time.

If they can do it you can!
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First clean the living heck out of it with the saddle soap. If it turns back to the color you want, then you're set.

If that doesn't get you to the wanted lightness, you could try a leather (or perhaps even regular) bleach, followed with a leather mousturiser to keep it from getting to dry. Then it'll either be light enough, or too light. If it's too light you can just hit it with some leather dye, or if you're feeling particularly crazy analine. Research dying leather on google to find out good ways to do it once you have it light enough.
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