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).
Carrera Hercules T9RC, Ridley Orion, Van Dessel Jersey Devil
Originally Posted by schwinn
Can this be done?
Its an old saddle so I dont really care if things go bad.
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.
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.
"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."