A few weeks ago I read this post about re-dyeing a saddle. I thought to myself: "I know a saddle that would love this."
|introducing the $600 Niedersuss - well-loved and mostly destroyed|
So I ordered a bunch of things on the internet, including this slightly concerning product:
Okay already! To the nitty gritty of what I bought:
- Fiebing's leather dye - black - $6.64
- Fiebing's deglazer - $7.47
- Fiebing's Tan-Kote - $7.25
- Fiebing's Resolene - black (but I will buy clear next time) - $8.27
- A million more cloths than I needed - $13.99
- Approximately twenty more foam brushes than I needed - $4.42
So for about $48, I'd assembled the ingredients.
I then took a bunch of photos of the ingredients.
And after that I finally made it out to the barn. You can read about the whole process (or how it's supposed to go) in detail on the original post, with my additions here:
I think I skimped a bit on the deglazing portion, and that definitely affected how it all turned out. A bit more elbow grease would have served me well.
|Here's the saddle with just the first coat of dye on it|
|And here's the saddle with a layer of tan-kote, about ten minutes after I started putting it on?|
I also straight dropped the container of resolene on the ground and it spilled everywhere and one of my floorboards now has a funny color to it. Don't tell BO that's my fault.
This photo if you look closely you can sorta see how I didn't get the resolene to layer completely evenly, even three layers later, but honestly the saddle looks 10,000,000 times better. It also looks better in person than photos reveal, I keep having people ask me about my new saddle and I giggle a bit.
My conclusion? Probably don't re-dye your expensive saddle until you've experimented on an old, cheap one first. But DEFINITELY re-dye your old cheap saddles. I have enough supplies to probably do two more black saddles, but it turns out my barn is filled with old cheap brown saddles so I dunno what to say about that.