dyeing suede shoes?

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  1. Joel_Cairo

    Joel_Cairo Senior member

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    How does this work? I've done overhauls on calf by just stripping the finish and painting on some of that inky meltonian color, but can I do that to suede? Do I need a pro?
     


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    bump in hope of late night input
     


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    For the love! Please somebody help me out on this one... gotta know whether to buy those "right size/shape/price, wrong color" chukkas or not.
     


  4. Ivan Kipling

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    I have dyed many, many pairs of leather shoes. Excellent results. I stripped the leather down with an acetate solution, then painted on the dye. Afterward, I sprayed on the finishing color. No problems. But with suede? Perhaps a spray dye would work, straight off. I don't see why suede wouldn't take to spray 'paint.'
     


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    I'm gonna try bumping this question one more time. THe cobbler wants $40 to dye some suede shoes... can I do it myself for $6 with a bottle of that leather dye stuff?
     


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    I'm gonna try bumping this question one more time. THe cobbler wants $40 to dye some suede shoes... can I do it myself for $6 with a bottle of that leather dye stuff?

    Try it, say, near the bottom of the tongue where if it does not work out ok it will not be visible.
     


  7. Ivan Kipling

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    I still think a spray dye would be your best option.
     


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    Can't imagine how you re-dye suede.
     


  9. Ivan Kipling

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    texas_jack, what you'd be doing simply would be to spray color, over the color that's already there. If you're going darker, I think it might work.
    Leather shoes were not difficult for me to dye. Usually we bought white, or another light color, then dyed them whatever shade we needed. Suede could be another story.
     


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    I would think that if you got enough dye on there to cover the previous job the suede would mat, then it wouldn't be suede anymore.
     


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    Suede could be another story.

    This potential "other story" is what has me worried. Like you, Ivan, I've dyed leather before by stipping and slathering on that inky dye (this was pre-SF, when I wanted some greenish tan rubber-soled no-name shoes to be a respectable shade of brown). I just didnt know if suede was more complicated. The cobbler said it would be no problem (so long as I hadn't "sealed up" the suede by waterproofing the shoes) for them to treat them in some kind of color-bleaching way and then dye them thoroughly. "$40-$45" he said. Im just wondering if I can do it on my own for cheaper, as I'm looking to get some stone-ish tan chukkas to a chocolatey dark brown.

    Thanks to all of you who have responded in my time of need [​IMG]
     


  12. Ivan Kipling

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    Interesting about the water proofing! As a matter of fact, I have waterproofed my suede shoes. How much good it did, I don't know. Keep us posted. The spray dyes at my local cobbler's shop, are very inexpensive. They work, great on leather that has been stripped, then painted. The spray is the final touch.

    Very curious about suede. As another poster suggested . . . try a hidden part of the shoe's tongue . . . see what happens.
     


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    I've dyed a bunch of Allen Edmonds calf shoes with Lincoln shoe dye with great results. The last time I purchased some shoe dye I noticed that LIncoln makes a suede dye in a couple of colors. I haven't tried it, nor do I know how it might work differently on suede than on calf.
     


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    Thanks, JohnMS . . . Lincoln polish is excellent!! Have never tried their shoe dyes.
     


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    It seems like there is always a pair of suede shoes at the thrifts when I go - maybe you should get a trial pair first? I would think that sponging dye onto suede would work just fine - the problem would be getting the color even. A darker color would be much better for that reason. Then after dyeing, they would probably need to be brushed out to restore the nap.
     


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