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.
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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!
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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/Hy...ing%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.
Hydrophane Darkening Oil is the best thing to use.
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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.
I 3rd the Hydrophane Leather Darkening oil
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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.