What to use to darken synthetics?

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  1. secuono

    secuono Senior Member

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    Asked in a leather group on FB, which has many people who work with synthetic fibers, but no one knew. =/

    Looking to darken an ugly black saddle, err, used to be black saddle. Synthetic leather and synthetic suede on it. It's a hideous blue-purple funky faded mess currently. Just want to stop making faces at it every time I have to look at it, hah.

    Can anyone help me out?
     
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  2. Faster Horses

    Faster Horses Senior Member

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    You know, once upon a time I recall seeing a blog (back in the days of blogs) about a girl who glued/sewed new fabric on top of an ugly old synthetic saddle. It would be different than sewing, but think of the fun color/pattern options....

    Maybe start looking there?
     
  3. mooselady

    mooselady Senior Member

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    Good question and I have no idea.....interested to see if there are any suggestions.
     
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  4. emali06

    emali06 Senior Member

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    RIT dye but it may not work well depending on the percentage of nylon in the material. Spray paint helps LOL
     
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  5. secuono

    secuono Senior Member

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    I redyed my pad red with RIT, it turned everything pink for oh so many washes....but I guess I could remember to only wear specific pants to ride in.

    I did buy heavier black denim for another project. Might have enough for the saddle. Hmm...

    Thanks!

    My thought was to buy a bunch of sharpies...:ROFLMAO:
     
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  6. DelP

    DelP Senior Member

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    I vote to get a full sheepskin for it! It would hide the saddle and be more comfortable.

    I don’t think you can dye pleather. You might be able to spray paint with a good plastic paint that will bind to it.
     
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  7. Alsosusieq2

    Alsosusieq2 Senior Member

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    Good suggestion Delp. ;)
     
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  8. mooselady

    mooselady Senior Member

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    Love this idea, yes!
     
  9. Faster Horses

    Faster Horses Senior Member

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    When I worked at a former company, we used Krylon paint to stick to slippery plastic. Worth a shot!
     
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  10. manesntails

    manesntails Senior Member

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    I would give it away and buy a new one~!!
     

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