Changing leather colors

I’m a natural color kind of guy. I wear a lot of wool in earth tones or subtle colors. I do not wear or carry things in colors like “celery” or “grape mist” (except, of course, neckties. But phallic male plumage is a different issue). I am not exactly sure what a grape mist would be.

I am also a cheapskate (tightwad, skinflint, etc. — just ask my children) and love the levenger outlet on ebay. I’m looking to buy a Circa jacket for a classic (junior) notebook, but all they have available is celery or grape mist. The prices are very, very attractive, but I simply cannot carry a celery or grape mist circa jacket.

Here’s my question: is there any way to change the colors? Could a brave purchaser apply some kind of stain to the Circa jacket and get a darker, more muted color out of the celery (say, a deep mossy green)? Could grape mist be turned into black? I’m almost tempted to buy one and color over the whole thing with a sharpie, but I get the feeling that it wouldn’t have an effect I’d like. I want it to still look nice (not perfect, but presentable in front of students and colleagues), just neither grape mist nor celery.

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I'm going to take a wild

I'm going to take a wild shot and guess that you wouldn't be interested in the "bluebell" cover I'm selling? link

I wouldn't exactly call it an earth tone, but at least it isn't named after a purple fog or a vegetable. It's actually a nice color.

And it's fairly pale, so probably would take well to dying, if you go that route.

leather dyes

I don't know what the texture of the leather on these covers are, but you could most likely use shoe leather dyes on them. Now, word of caution, though called dyes, a lot of them go on a bit more like paint. The secret is to prepare the leather before you re-dye or stain it. You can either use a specially sold stripper, or good old fingernail polish remover. (The old-fashioned stinky kind, not the newer odorless formulations.)

Once you've prepared the surface you can restain the leather. You probably couldn't go from black to a celery, but you could easily go from celery to dark brown.

There are specialty shoe dyes like Tarrago or Fiebings with just about any color you could ever imagine, or if black or brown is okay with you, just go with the Kiwi liquid scuff cover available at pretty much every grocery or drug store you can think of.

A couple of the specialty stores, with lots of good dying information, are:
http:// joesshoeservice. com

Should definitely be doable to go from celery to something darker
Oh, and when you google shoe dye, make sure you use leather as a keyword too, to avoid all the wedding satin shoe sites!

Good luck,

Shoe dye


Don't you have to be concerned with shoe dyes rubbing off on your hands and stuff after? Or is that just shoe *polish* that does that?


shoe dye - doesn't rub off

I've used the brown scuff cover liquid shoe dye on my watch band, and as long as I apply it when the leather is dry, then let it dry thoroughly, I haven't had any problems with it rubbing off.

You're right though, polish will indeed rub off.
- kmorris

No useful advice

But my husband once colored the cracked parts of his worn out belt with a sharpie. He was wearing it with a suit so he only needed to "fix" the front parts. It actually looked better than one would expect. The only consequence of this method seemed to be a giggling wife.

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