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Old 10-07-2007, 11:27 PM   #1
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Leather Dye Bleeding Through

Does anyone have trouble with the dye in their holsters or belts bleeding through to the customers clothes? What type of seal coat will slow down or stop this from happening? Is one type of dye better than any other?

Thanks for your help.

John
 
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Old 10-09-2007, 05:01 PM   #2
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Personally, I used Tandy Pro Dye, which was an alcohol-based dye.
Tandy has recently discontinued Pro Dye and replaced it with a new type called "Eco-Flow".
I haven't used it, so I have no feel as to how it will work.

For a protective sealer and to prevent rub-off, I used Fiebing's Resolene.
This is a milky white liquid that drys clear.
I applied it with an airbrush, then force dried with a hair dryer, and allowed overnight for a full cure.
It's more durable than most other coatings, and doesn't crack, chip, or peel off.
It's water resistant.
 
Old 10-10-2007, 12:02 AM   #3
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Personally, I used Tandy Pro Dye, which was an alcohol-based dye.
Tandy has recently discontinued Pro Dye and replaced it with a new type called "Eco-Flow".
I haven't used it, so I have no feel as to how it will work.
I was just at a Tandy store on Monday. The manager says the Eco-Flow is a water based dye. You can simply use water to dilute it for use. I also used Pro Dye and am switching to Fiebing's alcohol based dyes. I have been using Satin and Super Sheen and haven't hand any problems with bleeding colors. But have been reading some leather worker newsgroup and some of the folks are having bleed problems. Just wondered if I have been lucky so far or was I missing something that I should know about. I usually use 2 coats of Super or Satin sheen to seal belts and holsters and it has worked ok to this point. Just thought there might be a better finishing technique.
 
Old 10-10-2007, 03:20 AM   #4
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Ya know, it may sound cheesy, but I've had the best luck so far with Fiebing's Leather Sheen in the can. :lol: Mind you, I'm no pro, and I don't have the set-up for the high-end finishes that the pros use.

On my last trip to Tandy (after crappy luck with applying Resolene and Neat-Lac with wool daubers), I picked up a couple Preval sprayer units with plans to spray on some Resolene. I picked up the Leather Sheen just for giggles and to see how it turned out.

I dyed my most recent holster with Fiebing's USMC black, buffed it good, and went over it with two or three coats of the Leather Sheen. It actually turned out pretty nice. It's holding up well, and I've had no bleed-through at all.

It seems that you can adjust the "sheen" a bit by adjusting your coats as you spray. Very light coats seem to yield a more matte finish. Slightly heavier coats come out quite shiney. Examples:

Somewhat matte using Tandy Pro Dye in Black and a couple of light coats of Leather Sheen:


Shiney using Fiebings USMC Black and a few more slightly heavier coats of Leather Sheen:


#1 up there was my first attempt at a holster for my 3-inch GP100. The stitching was a little off, so #2 was a do-over and the one I currently use.
 
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