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Featured How to Darken Leather. How to?

Discussion in 'Tack & Equipment' started by tiakitty16, Feb 5, 2009.

  1. tiakitty16

    tiakitty16 Senior Member

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    What kind of products can you use to darken leather? I won a trophy barrel saddle and it is a lighter leather, which I am not fond of. I've used quite a bit of neatsfoot oil on it and it hasn't really darkened it much. I like the darker oil saddles, and I'd love to find a product to darken the oil quite a bit. I appreciate any help.
     
  2. mustangsally97

    mustangsally97 Senior Member

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    Try putting on lots of neatfoot oil then putting in the sun for a bit. I have heard that works wonderful!! But, depending where you are, you may have to wait till its warmer. Dang, its cold here!!!!
     
  3. cblackie

    cblackie Full Member

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    You can get leather darkening oil........in a blue tin.......paint it on with a paint brush and let it dry in the sun. Make sure to take your tack completely apart. You may need a couple of coats to get it to the desired color. To maintain it use neatsfoot oil ever 6 months or so. Good luck!
     
  4. Preppy_Ponies

    Preppy_Ponies Senior Member

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    I would avoid adding any more neatsfoot. Oversaturating the leather with leave it ozeing all over you.

    Instead get some Hydrophane darkening oil (http://www.legacytack.com/p/10156/Hydrophane%20Leather%20Darkening%20Oil.html). It will darken the leather without oversaturating it. I've darkened several bridles and saddles with this. Apply a few coats at a time and then set it in the sun if you can or let it sit over night. And just keep repeating the process until the color is right. I usually also condition the leather before starting and as needed through out the darkening process.
     
  5. spuddy

    spuddy Senior Member

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    Hydrophane Darkening Oil is the best thing to use.
     
  6. MuckMuck

    MuckMuck Senior Member

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    First off Tia,
    congratulations on winning the saddle!

    Many saddle makers finish off their saddles with a sealer that adds a sheen and gloss to the leather finish.
    This gloss sealer does not allow the leather to absorb the neetsfoot oil.
    I would start with a call to the saddle maker to confirm this.
    I have removed some of these products with other products that I don't care to mention as some of them might stain your new saddle.
    It is very easy to remove once you know what it is.
     
  7. JBandRio

    JBandRio Senior Member+

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    I 3rd the Hydrophane Leather Darkening oil :D
     
  8. luvs2ride79

    luvs2ride79 Senior Member+

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    I 4th Hydrophane Darkening oil. It works well to darken the saddle slowly. Put a coat or two one once a week until it reaches the color you want.
     
  9. AllAroundRdr

    AllAroundRdr Senior Member+

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    Looks like I'll be 5th-ing the Hydrophane! :)
     
  10. froglander

    froglander Senior Member

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    Sorry to bring up an old thread, just wondered if the darkening was successful?

    I have a Circle Y trail saddle that is Pecan in color and I'd love to darken it if I could, just not sure if there is some sort of finish on it that would make the darkening attempts not work very well.
     

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