Hello everyone! We’ve told you a lot about leather, how to buy it, how it’s graded and even how to make stuff with it, but we haven’t told you a thing about caring for it or restoring it. In this quick how-to, we tested
Jeff’s quick fix for scuffed leather.
What You’ll Need
– Scuffed leather – we used shoes
– Leather Conditioner – we used Bick 4 Leather Conditioner
– Leather Dye – we used Fiebings Leather Dye in USMC Black
– Paper, plastic or a surface that you can get dirty with dye – we used a plastic grocery bag
– Syringe – no needle required!
– Container for mixing
– Gloves and/or dye applicator – we used gloved hands
– Soft cotton cloth
Prepare a work space that can get a little dirty. We just used a plastic bag big enough for our shoes. If your project is a bit larger, you may want to lay out paper or go outside. You’ll also want to start off with your gloves on. Prep is totally optional though, if you like the dye a lot, why not spread it around? 😀
Let’s Get Started
Mix the dye
In a container, mix dye and leather conditioner. We used 1/8th cup of leather conditioner and 12 drops of dye (roughly a teaspoon). Essentially, you’re tinting your conditioner because your shoes need the TLC. If your piece needs more pigment, add more dye! The big idea here is that you want more conditioner than dye and if you use Fiebings, a little goes a long way.
Apply the dye
You want to carefully apply your mixture to the desired areas. We used gloved hands to apply the paste and gently rub it into the material. You want the conditioner and pigment to penetrate the material but you don’t want to soak it. If you only need a bit, an empty travel-sized spray bottle is a fine way to dispense and store your mixture.
Let your mixture sit on the material for at least one hour.
Buff away any excess conditioner with a soft cotton cloth and you’re all done!