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Old 03-11-09, 11:32 PM
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dying brooks leather?

i love brooks saddles.

id like to have a brooks saddle in a nice royal blue to match my bike frame.


anyone know how this is possible? leather dye? polish?
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Old 03-12-09, 01:09 AM
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If it's a blue leather saddle that you want, Persons makes a few different models in that color.
If nothing but a Brooks will do, then I'm sure a reputable cobbler will be able to assist you.
Or you can simply purchase "Cobbler Leather Dye" - it is available in both medium and navy blue...

http://www.fiebing.com/Dyes_and_Cleaners.aspx
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Old 03-12-09, 10:19 AM
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I've dyed some Honey Brooks black. Start with a new seat. They have a lacquer type coating that needs to be removed with lacquer thinner before it will accept the dye. I used basic leather dye.
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Old 01-18-11, 10:03 PM
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Hello I'm resurrecting this thread. Great information; what if you like the color but just want to stain it a tad darker? How would you do that?
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Old 01-18-11, 10:53 PM
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proofide & ride it longer.
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Look up the term aniline dyes. These are true dyes not pigments. Behlens Brothers makes some. Garrett Wade sells them for use on woodworking but the same product can be used on leather.

You cannot dye something lighter than it is. You cannot dye any old color. The color of the base material blends with the dye because the dyes are transparent colors - if you start with brown leather you are going to get brown tinted the color of your dye.

If you truly want a brilliant, vibrant royal blue you need a paint (pigment) - a surface coating. I'd suggest you get a seat cover and save the leather saddle.

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Old 01-19-11, 12:20 AM
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Where have you guys been?

Blue: http://cgi.ebay.com/Brooks-B17-Stand...item53e44c8e4b
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Yeah, they have colors now. Even saddles made with organically fed cows aged 7 years for stronger leather, and the saddle has the cows name on it.
http://www.bikerumor.com/2010/10/01/...s-from-brooks/
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Old 01-19-11, 04:13 AM
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I bought a flyer from nashbar that they said was a special nashbar only color. It's not the brown they advertised. it was supposed to be this: http://www.nashbar.com/images/nashba...-NCL-ANGLE.jpg

It seems to be a lighter version of this tint.



I might try to dye it not sure yet.

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Originally Posted by garethzbarker View Post
I bought a flyer from nashbar that they said was a special nashbar only color. It's not the brown they advertised. it was supposed to be this: http://www.nashbar.com/images/nashba...-NCL-ANGLE.jpg

It seems to be a lighter version of this tint.



I might try to dye it not sure yet.
That saddle will darken naturally, given a little proofide and a little time. I don't think it will end up the advertised color, though; probably a little lighter.
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Originally Posted by garethzbarker View Post
I bought a flyer from nashbar that they said was a special nashbar only color. It's not the brown they advertised. it was supposed to be this: http://www.nashbar.com/images/nashba...-NCL-ANGLE.jpg

It seems to be a lighter version of this tint.



I might try to dye it not sure yet.
You look happy to have it, regardless. Lol.
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Old 01-19-11, 07:17 PM
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When I saw the title of this thread, I thought, "Oh, the poor cow! Cut up then stretched and riveted to a frame before it was even dead!"
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Yes, I'm surprised it took 2 years for anyone to mention it was already dead. And a Canadian at that. Oh the shame.....
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Originally Posted by realestvin7 View Post
You look happy to have it, regardless. Lol.
Oh that's a friend but yeah I'm happy to have springs
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Oh that's a friend but yeah I'm happy to have springs
What bike did it go on?
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Not a vintage bike haha. I know this is the vintage forum but I got here on a search.

Yeah well it's not going to match well on the bike no matter what I do. It was an impulse idea to go red/brown over the safe black. It's going on a Motobecane Ti hardtail I'm converting to tour on. I was thinking that once it wore in the brown might kind of contrast the shiny titanium. But if I really enjoy the tour and do some more I plan on getting a touring bike in a few years and this saddle would probably go on that.
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