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Dye Questions

Learn how to use Angelus leather and suede dyes. Frequently asked questions and helping with any issues you may have.

Quick Guide for using Angelus Dye

How to use Angelus Dyes properly and some minor issues and how to solve them. Before Starting Any Dyeing Project. Dye takes on the color that is below it. It soaks into the item unlike paint that grabs to the surface and changes the color fully. So i

What is the difference between Leather & Suede Dyes?

Leather dyes are super strong and full of color. They work great on leather because they soak in and last a long time. Suede dyes are a bit different—they have less color in them and are made to keep suede soft. Suede is that soft, fuzzy leather, and

What would happen if I used Leather Dye on Suede? Vice versa?

Putting leather dye on suede can make it stiff because the leather dye is too strong for soft suede. If you use suede dye on leather, it might not be bright or cover well because suede dye is made lighter for suede's delicate surface. So, using the r

Black Suede Dye issues:

Black Suede can have issues from a few things. If you apply too much it can cause an iridescent look. If you do not shake the bottle it will not be mixed and give a hue. The actual article may not be real suede. To alleviate most of these situations

How do Angelus Dyes differ from Angelus Paints?

Dyes takes the color of what is under them. So if you dye something white with red it will turn pink. It mixes with it. Paint sits on the surface and grabs on. You can cover anything with paint. Our paint is water based while our dyes are alcohol bas

Can I mix the dyes to make new colors?

Yes, you can mix dyes to make other colors, but that can have adverse results. Standard color mixing, like with paint, can be very strange with dyes. You can mix some colors to match the color you need; however, keep in mind that this is considered a

Do you have a white dye?

No, we do not have a white dye. Usually to 'dye' something white, you would need to bleach it. We, unfortunately, do not sell products that would do this.

What is the best way to apply Dyes?

This is a matter of preference but we like with a wool dauber, paint brush or airbrush. The paintbrush will be ruined after application though.

How can I prevent the dye from bleeding?

To prevent the dye from bleeding you can brush the article after it has dried and then use Angelus Water & Stain Repellent on top to seal it in. Some people even mix our acrylic finisher with water and airbrush it over to finalize it.

How do I seal the dye once done?

The same way you prevent it from bleeding. You would brush it to get excess pigment off then seal with Angelus Shoe Polish or Water & Stain Repellent.

What is Neutral Dye?

This dye is completely clear. It is used to dilute dye pigments and can help to obtain different shades of that color. For example, adding some Neutral to a small amount of Blue Dye will change the hue and lessen the blue color. Adding the Blue Dye T

Do you make an oil based dye?

While we do not offer oil-based leather dyes, our range of alcohol-based dyes provides a versatile solution for customizing and restoring leather goods. They are easy to apply and suitable for various applications, from footwear to furniture and beyo

Can I use dye on patent (plastic) leather?

Yes, you can use dye on patent (plastic) leather, but there are a couple of essential considerations to remember. First, be prepared that the dye may significantly darken the original color of the patent leather. Secondly, the new dye will mix with t

Does dye darken or lighten?

Our dyes change the color of the item it's used on, but the final color can mix with whatever color is already there. If you dye a white item red, it might turn pink because the red mixes with the white underneath. If you put blue dye over something

Why is my dye bleeding or staining?

If your dye is bleeding or staining, it's likely because there is some residual dye on the leather's surface that didn't fully soak in. When you dye leather, not all of the dye can penetrate deep into the material. Some of it might dry on the top ins

Can your dye be mixed with alcohol or ethanol to dilute?

Yes, our leather dyes, including low VOC and regular types, can be diluted with ethanol or isopropyl alcohol (IPA) without any problems. This method is helpful if you're looking to achieve a lighter shade or a thinner consistency for easier applicati