But this past week was our school vacation and it warmed up enough for me to consider that if I was going to attempt to dye this thing, I might as well give it a shot now.
|Not shown is the Tan Kote and Resolene|
I printed off the directions found on the blog above, and I mostly followed the same procedure. I went with Fiebing's not just because that is what the original blogger used, but also because I think they are a reputable company and it was easy to find all the needed products on Amazon for only $29.41 (thank you Prime for your free 2-day shipping!) I ended up not applying the Resolene at the end, though I still could if I wanted to.
The first day I cleaned the saddle up, removed the finish with the deglazer, and applied three coats of dye. I ended up doing a fourth coat on the seat because I really wanted to be sure if was covered. This may have been a bit much, but whatever. Once I started with the deglazer (which is pretty much just acetone), I knew I was committed and wasn't really nervous any longer LOL! I used a microfiber towel to apply the deglazer.
I dyed the entire top of the saddle and the top of the "billet panel", plus the billets because they were looking a little sad too. I did not do the underside of the top flap or the underside of the saddle itself. I left the saddle to dry overnight. It looked lovely and black but terribly dull. I did not take any photos of this step. But it was fairly easy to apply the dye, and I used a sponge brush and evened it out as needed with the microfiber pad.
The next day, I wiped down the saddle well and barely any dye came off at all. I applied the tan-kote with another microfiber towel and the saddle started to look magnificent. I did the first coat and let it dry before doing a second coat. I didn't glob it on and made sure to buff it well as I went.
Oh my goodness, the difference was amazing. I cannot believe I waited this long to dye it! I looks so much better. Right now, I have left it like this and have not applied the resolene. I am a bit worried about how it will look, as I know you have to be super careful with application process. I don't want it to be streaky and I know it is totally possible I could apply it like the amateur I am haha. Also, resolene makes an acrylic resistant finish, so while it may assure that the dye won't come off on my breeches, it will make the seat impermeable to leather conditioner. So, I figure I will give it a shot with a junky pair of my lighter colored breeches and see what I think!
|I cannot stop looking at these side by side comparisons!|