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Is your leather sofa or chair looking dull and tired? Has your best leather purse lost its tone and appeal? Has your favourite leather jacket seen better days? Do your well-loved leather shoes or boots look faded? Or is the leather upholstery in your car past its best? If so, there's no need to worry! The Leather Colour Doctor has the answer, with a superb selection of leather colourants.
As beautiful and luxurious as leather goods are, even nature needs a helping hand. Over time, leather can begin to look faded and worn. Staining can ruin its appearance, or the colour loses its vibrancy.
Our polyurethane leather dyes are water-based and highly pigmented, meaning they are easy to apply using a spray or a sponge. They also cover extremely well, so you don't have a patchy or uneven finish and you don't have to apply many coats.
The main offenders are time, sunlight and bodily oils. Spills and stains cause a lot of problems, too; nail polish, red wine, felt-tipped pens, etc. all leave their marks, literally.
However, ultraviolet light from the sun penetrates deep into the surface, washing out the colour. And as we use our leather items (especially furniture) we deposit oils that accumulate, seeping into the material and causing discolouration.
One solution is to use a leather dye!
So, you have a leather item that's in need of restoration, but how do you dye leather?
It's not simply a case of applying any leather dye you can lay your hands on. This process needs careful handling if you want the best results.
Here's a basic idea of what's involved, with a few tips on what to avoid.
This is a common error and it could spell disaster for your leather. At Leather Colour Doctor we have taken the time to carefully formulate dyes of exceptional quality. Our products act as an all-in-one leather dye and sealer.
When used correctly, these will restore your leather to its former glory.
While it's up to you which colours you prefer when dyeing leather, always remember that if you want to change the tones completely it's better to go from light to dark. If you have a light-coloured sofa you can dye it a darker colour, but it's very difficult to dye leather a lighter colour if it is black or very dark brown.
It's usually wise to match the original colour as far as possible.
Leather dye penetrates the surface and stays within the fibres, while leather paint coats the surface and is water-resistant. Leather paints can potentially be used to lighten dark-coloured leather.
So, should you paint leather or use leather dye? In our opinion, both have their place, although leather dye has many benefits and is better suited for general use.
Yes, and it's best to know what they are:
The Leather Colour Doctor only makes water-based leather dyes.
Basically, there are five types:
In simple terms, the hides are first treated with lime and then soaked in tannin to make them soft. This process can take up to two months, but the results are far more pleasing and the material is much more durable.
The alternative is chrome-tanned leather, where the hides are soaked in a mixture of acids, salts and chemicals (including chromium) to make them soft and pliable. It's a quicker process (one to two days) and the finished product holds its colour for longer.
While both have their attractions, chrome-tanned leather is favoured, making up around 80% of the market.
The Leather Colour Doctor products are suitable for both types and will produce excellent results every time.
Our specialist knowledge of leather dye means we can offer expert advice on our website along with a wide variety of colours. So, whether you need help with shoe care products, an antique chair or sofa, or faded and scuffed car seats, we have a product that will revitalise your leather and provide long-lasting protection.