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Leather Dye Color Question...Plus Recent Dye Experience

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by jamesn67, Feb 19, 2013.

  1. jamesn67

    jamesn67 Well-Known Member

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    Ok, so I have just successfully dyed a pair of newer Florsheim Imperials (made in India type) and am so pleased
    with the results that I want to try again. My question is has anyone made a dye mix that was close to color #8? Or
    even dark burgundy? All of the pre-mixed Fiebings options are either too red or too brown. I looked at Lincoln Marine
    Cordovan pics but that also appears brown. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    If anyone is interested I will post pics of the newly dyed Imperials. IMHO they look even better than new as the finish
    on the new florsheims looks very plasticy to me. I used Fiebings cordovan dye. It is a very dark brown but I actually
    ended up liking it. It really wasn't very hard...just takes a while to fully deglaze. Shoes still are uncomfortable of course,
    especially when compared to my vintage Imperials or AE's but for foul weather shoes they do the trick.



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  2. Xenon

    Xenon Well-Known Member

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    Firstly cordovan will always be a stiff nasty material and nothing will change that but if you must have it anyways ..

    Secondly I use Fiebings professional oil dye but this is likely similar to what you are using. I find the easiest is to try to replicate the color you want in excel using the custom color option and this will give you the 3 color intercept which will serve as your mixing ratio for the 3 colors of dye (blue, red (substitute for magenta), green)
     
  3. jamesn67

    jamesn67 Well-Known Member

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    Thank you!

    First off I wasn't clear I guess. The shoes I dyed were calf. The next pair I try will also be calf. I may be tempted to try shell, but realize it will
    be harder due to the tight grain. Anyone have any tips for dying shell I would appreciate it.

    What a brilliant idea using the color mixer in excel. Powerpoint would have it as well. Did you print out a swatch or try to match via screen?
    I think I will try printing so I can lay it on top of the shoe to help match it. The Fiebings oil dye only comes in royal blue, is that the blue you
    used?

    Thanks again!!!
     
  4. jamesn67

    jamesn67 Well-Known Member

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    Anyone else have any recommendations
     

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