You can dye both suede and leather from Timberlands, but suede requires a gentler touch to protect its texture and prevent dye from seeping into the interior of the boot. With a little patience and a steady hand, you’ll soon have a pair of Timberland boots in your favorite colour.
You can naturally darken your leather boots without damaging the leather. Apply mink oil or neatsfoot oil evenly to your boot. Use a horsehair brush to buff your leather and let your boots sit for 24 hours. This darkens the leather and adds a layer of natural weather protection to your boots.
Suede dye can be used for various suede products, but you will most likely need suede shoe dye.
Before you can dye leather boots, you must treat them with a deglazer to remove their protective coating so the paint will adhere. Once you’ve removed the protective layer, apply leather paint to your boots with a cloth or brush. Then allow the paint to dry for 30 minutes before applying a second coat.
Lightly apply mink oil to muleskinner leather. Mink oil darkens leather and should only be used sparingly. Let the leather dry. All other roughout and nubuck leathers do not require care.
Use a nubuck/suede renovation spray in the desired color. Such a spray combines color restoration with protection against water and stains. The application is easy. Simply spray the shoe in a well-ventilated place – preferably outside.
The best dyeing results are obtained by dying new, non-abrasive shoes in ivory silk or satin. The dyeing process is done by hand in a professional dye studio, high quality dyes are used and utmost care is taken to accurately match any color swatches you provide.
Angelus has teamed up with Rit Dye to offer even more customization options. We wanted an option for our cloth, canvas and synthetic customizers out there. That way, you can keep using our strong leather and suede dyes for their intended purpose and use Rit Dye for other fun projects.
Water-based leather dyes do not penetrate the leather as deeply as other dyes and the colors are usually not as vivid. However, they are generally less venomous than the other species. As with most dyed leathers, although these dyes contain moisture, it can be helpful to top the leather with a leather finish after dyeing.
Don’t try to use leather dye on suede. They behave very differently, and you probably won’t be happy with the results. If you don’t want stained hands, wear gloves (leather is skin after all…). A wool brush is very suitable for applying colour.