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Honestly, it is hard for me to find a better material than leather when it comes to making shoes or accessories.
It's resistant, soft and aesthetically beautiful. It’s difficult to make shoes, boots or a bag in suede and that it looks bad, also gives them that air of expensive and luxurious.
It shares with the rest of the leathers in that, taking proper care of it, it can have a very long life span.
Although, let's be honest, this sometimes also has the handicap that we can get tired of those suede shoes or accessories.
For this situation one option is to choose to collaborate for a more sustainable fashion industry and give it a second chance by selling it as a pre-loved item.
Another option, also very good to collaborate with this crusade, is to reinvent/reuse by giving it a new look that will make us fall in love again and be happy for many more years together.
Ok, all this is great but.... How complicated is it to achieve good results at home?
Nothing to worry about, like many other things in life, it's all about knowing the technique and using good quality products specially formulated for this purpose.
And boy, do we have it all. Read on to find out how to dye suede and what you need to get started.
There are many reasons to take on the little adventure of dyeing shoes or a handbag yourself.
If you are one of the brave ones, you should know that the process we’ll explain below is applicable to any type of shoe or boot and also to any suede bag or accessory.
You may be looking for information on how to dye suede shoes that have been stained and you can't get them clean again.
In this case, first try removing the stain by deep cleaning the shoes with a product such as Saphir Medaille D'Or Omninettoyant.
It’s possible that the stain will completely disappear, but if it’s stubborn and still persists, you can proceed to dye suede shoes as explained below.
-We recommend that you preferably choose a darker color than the original for optimal results.-
Even if you dye them for an aesthetic reason and not for a stain, it’s important to clean the surface dirt.
For intensive cleaning use Omninettoyant as mentioned above and do not proceed to dye until the shoe or accessory is completely dry.
Once you are done with the cleaning, let's start with the dyeing process.
The first step is to cover all the areas that we don’t want to change the color, such as zippers, soles etc.
Then, with the help of the brush that includes Saphir Teinture Francaise Dye, stir the dye well to prepare it before starting.
Well, the time has come. The trick to good results is to apply the dye little by little using circular movements.
Depending on the change you want to make, you may need to apply one more coat. If so, make sure the first coat dries well before proceeding with the next one.
Once we have finished dyeing suede shoes, let it dry for about 12 hours.
At this point you’ll see that the suede may look a little stiff. Don’t worry because it’s totally normal.
To revive the texture of the suede, we need to make a good brushing with a specialized brush such as the Saphir Nubuck & Microfiber Brush.
Once again, be gentle, don’t rub roughly and try to make gentle circular movements.
Little by little you’ll see that the texture will return to what it was, it’ll have that velvety aspect again.
Not such a complicated process, is it?
1- Do not remove the tape you have used to cover the areas to avoid until the dye has dried completely.
2- The Saphir Suede Dye is resistant to friction but we recommend finishing the treatment by applying a protector. This will keep the color intact and prevent the suede from getting wet and damaged.
3- If you have decided to dye a suede bag, try to test it before wearing it, it’s not usual and it should not happen but it can transfer especially at the beginning.
4- To maintain the color afterwards, you can use the Renovateur Suede and Nubuck Spray. It applies color without being a dye and makes it look more vibrant for longer.