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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 have a lot of pigment and are really strong. Suede Dyes are lighter in pigment and use a slightly different formula to keep the suede soft. If you use Leather dye on Suede it will make the nap of the leather harder.

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

Leather Dye on suede will cause it to get stiff. If you do Suede Dye on Leather dye it may not be strong enough or full of enough pigment for you.

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. A normal color mixing like with paint can be very strange with dyes.

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