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How to Dye a Leather Chair

If you've ever seen the perfect leather chair in a second-hand shop, one that was in good shape, no rips or scars on the leather, but it was a terrible color you may have thought about buying it and dying the leather. Or maybe you own a leather chair but your new interior doesn't complement the color of your favorite leather chair. Ultimately, dying a leather chair is not too difficult.

A leather chair that needs a new dye job

Step 1

Choose the color you want to dye your chair. Be sure to select a dye that is appropriate for the way the leather on your chair was tanned. In most cases it will be vegetable tanned. If you're not certain, contact the manufacturer.

Step 2

Clean the leather with a combination of leather bleach and water. Use 1 oimce of leather bleach to 1 pint of water. This will not bleach the leather or change the color, rather it will fade any water spots on the leather.

Step 3

Dampen the leather with a sponge. Avoid soaking the leather, just keep the surface damp to the touch. This will allow the leather to evenly absorb the dye.

Step 4

Apply the first coat of dye with a wide brush. Once it has been applied to the entire surface, wait until it dries before adding the next coat. This can take anywhere one to two hours.

Step 5

Flex the leather once the first coat of leather dye is dry. This will keep the leather from getting stiff in between coats of dye.

Step 6

Repeat Steps 4 and 5 until the leather is the desired color.

Step 7

Complete the job by adding a coat of leather finisher. Leather finisher comes in spray cans or bottles. Spray or apply the finisher evenly, and allow it sit for a while until every coat of dye and finisher is dry on your leather chair.