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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 if you dye something white with a red dye it will turn pink. Our dyes are formulated to work on a brown leather to turn it red not white. Please keep this in mind when dealing with dyes. 

We suggest wearing gloves and using in an area you do not mind getting stained.


Dyeing Smooth Leather with Angelus Leather Dye

  1. Prep by wiping down leather with leather preparer using our applicators, cotton balls, or a rag.
  2. Wait for leather to dry a few minutes. Wipe down with microfiber towel to remove all lint.
  3. Using Wool Daubers (One is supplied with each dye) soak the dye on the dauber.
  4. Be careful of what you are dyeing. If you are dyeing a large spot use the dauber fully soaked. If you are doing a smaller section a paint brush or much less dye on the dauber may be required. 
  5. Make sure to soak the article you are dyeing. Dye works by soaking into the item you are dyeing. It does not act like paint. Feel free to soak and evenly rub across to make sure all is even. 
  6. Leave to dry. You may see a tint, bronzing, or any different finish. Do not panic! This is just residual dye on the surface.
  7. (Optional) Wipe with a microfiber towel to remove excess dye pigment. If there is still a sheen or tint use some alcohol on said microfiber and wipe down quickly. Do not let the alcohol sit on the item or else you risk lifting some of the dye and discoloring. Once done the tint should disappear and it will just be the color. 
  8. If you wish to dye the item more of the color complete steps 5-7 again. 
  9. If you are looking to protect and nourish the leather we suggest using Angelus Leather Balm or Neutral Angelus Shoe Polish. If you do not want the shine of the shoe polish just lightly buff versus a full buff to shine. If you dyed the article a black or brown we would suggest even buffing with a colored shoe polish or Lustre Cream

Dyeing Suede Leather with Angelus Suede Dye

  1. Prep by cleaning the surface with a cleaning product like our Angelus Easy Cleaner Kit. It is necessary to get all the oils and dirt that may be sitting in or on the canvas. 
  2. Make sure there is adequate dry time and that you wipe off and get all the cleaner out.
  3. Using Wool Daubers (One is supplied with each dye) soak the dye on the dauber.
  4. Be careful of what you are dyeing. If you are dyeing a large spot use the dauber fully soaked. If you are doing a smaller section a paint brush or much less dye on the dauber may be required. 
  5. Make sure to soak the article you are dyeing. Dye works by soaking into the item you are dyeing. It does not act like paint. Feel free to soak and evenly rub across to make sure all is even. 
  6. Leave to dry for a few hours.
  7. Using our Suede Kit brush or a strong bristled brush, break up the suede to bring to bring it back to its natural feel. Be careful to not let residual dye get on other parts while brushing excess off. This will help the suede feel original again as well as remove excess dye to not run in case of getting wet.
  8. (Optional)We highly recommend spraying down with our Water Repellent or Mink Oil Aerosol

Dyeing Patent Leather with Angelus Leather Dye

  1. Prep by wiping down leather with leather preparer using our applicators, cotton balls, or a rag.
  2. Wait for leather to dry a few minutes. Wipe down with microfiber towel to remove all lint.
  3. Using Wool Daubers (One is supplied with each dye) soak the dye on the dauber. You may want to pull on the dauber to see if any loose strands come off to avoid getting into the patent.
  4. Be careful of what you are dyeing. If you are dyeing a large spot use the dauber fully soaked. If you are doing a smaller section a paint brush or much less dye on the dauber may be required. 
  5. Make sure to soak the article you are dyeing. Dye works by soaking into the item you are dyeing. It does not act like paint. Feel free to soak and evenly rub across to make sure all is even. 
  6. Leave to dry. You may see a tint, bronzing, or any different finish. Do not panic! This is just residual dye on the surface.
  7. (Optional) Wipe with a microfiber towel to remove excess dye pigment. If there is still a sheen or tint use some alcohol on said microfiber and wipe down quickly. Do not let the alcohol sit on the item or else you risk lifting some of the dye and discoloring. Once done the tint should disappear and it will just be the color. 
  8. If you wish to dye the item more of the color complete steps 5-7 again. 
  9. Since patent leather is effectively plastic you do not need to protect it as the dye has soaked into it. It may be a good idea to buff with a Neutral Shoe Polish to get a high shine. 
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