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Old 08-14-2016, 04:31 AM   #1
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Hi All,

Not sure if this is the right place to ask this or not. If not feel free to remove it. I recently bought a custom leather holster and the guy who made it sent it to me in a plain leather so that i could dye it whatever color I'd like. The leather has a smooth almost polished shiny finish to it and I was wondering if there is anything I need to do to the leather first to get it to take dye correctly? I wasn't sure if there was anyone here who makes leather holsters that could help? Any advice would be appreciated.

Thank you in advance, Allen


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You should be able to just dye it as is .
But read the instructions on the dye and see what preps you have to do before you start the process.


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Thank you very much. I appreciate it.
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Tandy leather is a great place to get dye. But if need be you can get a few colors at hobby lobby. After you dye it and it drys, you can take an old fashioned shoe shine kit to it to polish it up. I dye leather without any pretreatment at all. I have made a lot of holsters.
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Why not leave it natural color? Natural leather looks very good for a holster.
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Why not leave it natural color? Natural leather looks very good for a holster.
Because when the wife says she wants a Hello Kitty Holster,
you make her a Hello Kitty Holster
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Because when the wife says she wants a Hello Kitty Holster,
you make her a Hello Kitty Holster
EXCELLENT POINT! You gotta keep Momma happy if you expect to be happy!
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I like Fiebings Pro dye - good stuff.

I prep leather with a 92% alcohol scrub if its new or relatively clean unfinished leather. If it has any kind of a glaze or such I prefer to use a deglazer - also Fiebings.

Once the leather item is cleaned/deglazed I damp the holster lightly with water. This helps the leather accept the dye more evenly. After you've applied enough coats of dye to achieve the color and evenness desired let it dry and then buff it vigorously with cotton cloths.

A little Neatsfoot oil or an application of a soft beeswax blend afterward will help seal the dyed leather or you can use an even more effective topcoat specifically formulated for this purpose. Such topcoats are designed to protect the dyed finish and prevent bleeding.
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Thank you very much for all of the great advice! It has been a big help. If I remember to I will post a picture of the finished holster.
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I saw an excellent color on cowboy outfit. A semi glossy Chestnut that deepened just a bit in the floral work.
Was taking lessons, free, at Tandy and was about to start my own holster doing the carving etc first, when medical problems arose and went back after them and they closed. have to go to Atlanta to see an actual Tandy store. Their catalog is greatly reduced.
Good luck with it. Roll the all the edges, of holster and belt really well with a bit, of darker dressing but not black, but not much.
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