Kyoshin Elle Japanese Leathercraft 10g Alcohol Based Dark Navy Blue Powdered Oil Dye, for Dyeing Untreated Vegetable Tanned Leather
Up to 500ml of alcohol based oil dye in a convenient powdered form, ensuring low cost and easy transportation. Simply mix with alcohol to achieve a high quality oil dye for your untreated vegetable tanned leather.
This brilliant leather dye is preferred for working leather, not to mention that it is produced as a powder for stress-free transportation and storage. Why exactly waste precious coins on transporting bottled dye when the same amount of powdered dye is considerably cheap?
The powdered dye, when coupled with colourless Denatured Alcohol (also called Methylated Spirits, Wood Spirit, or Denatured Rectified Spirit), has the perk of swift and deep treatment of raw vegetable tanned leather. This makes it trump the performance of water-based dyes. Also, the transportation of powdered dyes are not a major point of concern for authorities as it is safe , unlike premixed oil-based dyes that require some tight conditions to be met before transportation.
For use, take one can of dye and a maximum of 500ml of purified colourless Denatured Alcohol (a smaller quantity for dazzling hues). Stir until the two are fully dissolved them leave the solution for about 1 hour. After sitting for the hour, the dye is ready for application. A soft brush is preferred for better result. To achieve even better results, run your bristles in water for a while before dyeing the leather. Store the unused dye in a container that is alcohol proof.
Disclaimer: crystals may form from insoluble dye in your container. Just be careful not to let them come into contact with the leather to avoid streaking.
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Please note: The powdered dye is meant to be mixed with colourless Denatured Alcohol exclusively (rubbing alcohol, or other kinds of alcohol are not suitable for this product) and the mixture used for treating vegetable-tanned leather alone. This dye should only be used on vegetable-tanned leather that has not been previously treated or dyed. Unfit for use on treated leather like those of handbags manufactured in factories, tabletops, jackets, leather seats, car seats among others. The reason is that a good number of these things have been pre-dyed or pre-treated to discourage subsequent dyeing. There's a great possibility of them having a plastic layer that inhibits the uptake of the dye. However, it is possible to test whether the items can be dyed. Take what you refer as pre-treated or dyed leather and completely clean it using a recommended cleaning agent. Proceed by putting a drop of alcohol on the treated portion. You may need to rub in the alcohol gently. The results can go two ways: the leather absorbs the alcohol without ruining the leather, or it ruins it. The first result indicates that the dye is suitable for leather. Since impeccable results are not guaranteed on pre-treated or pre-dyed leather, it is prudent that you contact the manufacturer for information. A rule of thumb for us is that you always test the dye on a tiny portion of the item before deciding to dye the whole item, especially in the face of uncertainty of the suitability of the dye to the leather.