Kyoshin Elle Japanese Leathercraft 10g Alcohol Based Black Powdered Oil Dye, for Dyeing Untreated Vegetable Tanned Leather
Mix 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.
You should not have to incur high costs to get a bottle of dye when you got access to this powdered dye that will not break your bank. The Leathercraft black leather alcohol dye is the perfect choice when looking to dye your leatherwork and also comes in powdered form to ensure easy storage and transportation.
When using this powdered dye with colourless Denatured Alcohol (also called Methylated Spirits, Wood Spirit, or Denatured Rectified Spirit), it will penetrate your vegetable-tanned leather faster and deeper compared to water-based alternatives and dries very fast. Additionally, being in powdered form, this dye is not subjected to stringent postal regulations that govern flammable premixed oil-based dyes.
To dye your leather: take 500ml of colourless Denatured Alcohol and add one tub of the powdered leathercraft dye. Proceed to stir it thoroughly to ensure that crystals do not form and leave it to sit for one hour to allow the dye to dissolve. Use less colourless Denatured Alcohol if you want less vibrant colours. Use a soft-bristled brush to apply your dye mixture to your vegetable-tanned leather using even strokes. If you want to achieve consistent results, ensure that you start by casing your vegetable-tanned leather with water, then proceed to apply the dye. If there remains some dye, seal it in an alcohol proof vessel.
It is also possible to encounter dye crystals that settle on the bottom of your vessel as they did not fully dissolve. When this happens, ensure that your leather does not come into contact with them as this can cause streaking.
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.