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Topic: Dyeing bags (not tie and dye)  (Read 1563 times)
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« on: February 24, 2012 10:28:58 PM »

Hi, I'm thinking of dyeing two of my bags. Bag 1 is a medium-thickness cotton Muji black bag, but the handles are a little faded. I'm thinking of re-dyeing it black, but there is a metal zip. Has anyone done that before, and will the dye get onto the zip?

Bag 2 is a Duluth pack haversack with leather trim http://duluthpack.com/luggage/luggage-bags/messenger-shoulder-bags/shooters-haversack.html and the green canvas is faded. Is there anyway I can use Dylon dye on it, without affecting the leather trim and metalware (front flap and shoulder strap)? If the leather gets dyed along with the canvas, will it make the leather more suceptible to cracking? I'm thinking of using a sponge to dab on the dye, but the edges may end up being a little faded.

Hope there are some experts on dyeing bags out there!
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2012 12:40:13 AM »

Your bag 1 should be fine, people (including me) re-dye jeans frequently and never have issues with the zips.

I don't know about the leather though.

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« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2012 04:46:52 AM »

I think for the haversack, you'll need to use a cold-water dye. A dye that requires hot water would definitely cause the leather to dry out and crack after being "cooked." I've never used a cold-water dye, though, so I don't know how long you're supposed to immerse your item. If the leather gets too saturated, that could make it sad and cracky once dry, too Sad

I think the best way to attack this would be to mask off around the leather so you can thoroughly condition the crap out of it using whatever leather conditioner you can get, then use a cold-water dye, then re-condition all the leather as soon as it's mostly dry again. You could even wrap the strap in cellophane and tape and keep it out of the water, but I don't know how you'd keep the leather on the flap from getting dyed... Maybe coat the leather in wax? Hmmm, I hope someone more knowledgeable comes along Tongue

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