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Not interested in dyes, etc...just a ...
What to use to darken leather?
What specific oil, cream, etc. will permanently darken leather?
Not interested in dyes, etc...just a natural/gradual darkener.
I initally used oil olive, a few light coats. Yesterday I used hydrophane darking oil that's when I got the saddle really darker. I plan on putting another coat on today as well. Bridles I can usally get to the shade I want with just neatsfoot or olive oil. Saddles for some reason don't tend to get as dark.
Originally Posted by ponypony
That is a real difference in your saddle...and a good one (IMO).
I'm not a chestnut colored leather fan, but seems like that's the color that's more readily available. I just wanted to know how I could darken without damaging.
I appreciate it!!
Hydrophane is definitely the best though I've never used it myself. I've used olive oil and while it worked, it stained the white stitching on my bridle
The other day I tried mink oil (it's actually a cream) for the first time and I love it! It smells like cherry public bathroom soap LOL. It really did darked my bridle quite a bit, but it didn't work on my reins which were much cheaper leather.
I use Hydrophane Leather Dressing or Hydrophane Darkening Oil. The dressing does darken, but not a ton...so its good if you just want to take the redish color out something that's already pretty dark. The darkener works super well, almost to well, but it lightens up a tiny bit after about a day and all the uneven coloring disappears.
Hydrophane Darkening oil. PURE neatsfoot oil will work also. (do not use a neatsfoot compound)
I apply via paint brush. Use even strokes and work into leather. Allow to set for about 24 hours before adding 3rd coat.
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