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    Dye my brown Brooks black?

    Can this be done?

    Its an old saddle so I dont really care if things go bad.

    Any suggestions?

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    dip it in tar. *






    *i don't know, sorry .

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    Take it to a place that specializes in leather. Fiebings or Griffin black leather dye should do the trick.

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    Any idea of how much this will cost?

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    DIY Home job with unpredictable results based on some stranger's advice over the internet=should cost less then 5 bucks and a quick trip to Walgreens for Griffin.

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    Go find some Kiwi black leather dye. First you sand down the saddle to get all the wax/paste/gunk off. Don't sand through the saddle just enough to roughen up the surface and then apply the leather dye. The saddle will be a little rough when you get done but just polish it out with something (proofhide).

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    Quote Originally Posted by schwinn
    Can this be done?

    Its an old saddle so I dont really care if things go bad.

    Any suggestions?
    I picked up some shoe dye from the local grocers to dye a Brooks. It worked perfectly and there has been no rub off, although the dye is alcohol soluble.

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    Quote Originally Posted by schwinn
    Can this be done?

    Its an old saddle so I dont really care if things go bad.

    Any suggestions?
    i recently had a pair of nice brown shoes that i spilled red wine on dyed black. i took it to a shoe repair place. whatever they did worked great and there has been no rub off. although i would not wear your "friday night too tight to fight white jeans" after the dye job.

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    You're going to have some serious blackass for the rest of your life after this job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tellyho
    You're going to have some serious blackass for the rest of your life after this job.
    +1

    And if you have a sweaty ass, it will be worse than you think. No rub off my azz.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ziemas
    I picked up some shoe dye from the local grocers to dye a Brooks. It worked perfectly and there has been no rub off, although the dye is alcohol soluble.
    hahah. i don't even want to know how you found that out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danish
    hahah. i don't even want to know how you found that out.
    "One for me, and one for my bike... oh, damn."

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    In highschool we used to put Kiwi black shoe polish on the toilet seats. This is back when toilet seats were black of course. I don't know if it did anything to the seats, but a lot of students had black asses.
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    This is from this-
    http://www.billbostoncycles.com/brooks_pro.htm

    "First, expose the pores on the top of the saddle by rubbing the leather with a triple-ought steel wool until the top turns white. If you want a custom-colored saddle, now is the time. Select any leather dye - not shoe polish - which comes in a variety of colors. The idea is to fill up the pores with the new dye, which will last longer than the original and keep the water out. Lightly scrub with the steel wool between coats, and then allow the last coat to dry before buffing with a shoe brush and a cloth. Let the saddle dry overnight, then rub in paste saddle soap and brush off the excess. Remember to not wear light colored clothes as the excess dye will wear off for a while. It will stop wearing off faster than the dye that came on the saddle."

    The whole article makes me cringe.

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    Black asses make me cringe. Unless it belongs to Beyonce.
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