Leather products are pleasant to wear, emphasize the status of the owner, are durable with proper care, so they never go out of fashion. If you decide to restore or repaint your favorite leather item, use some tips. Let’s consider how to dye leather at home and not spoil the product.

Types of painting

Depending on the type of product, leather can be dyed in 2 ways:

  • deep (the thing is completely immersed in paint);
  • superficial (the thing is colored only on the front side).

Importantly! Deep coloring is suitable only for material to be cut. If you dip the finished product in paint, it will decrease in size.

How to dye leather at home

Preparation for painting

First, remove impurities from the surface of the skin. Dust and stains can be removed using household soap, a container for water and a sponge:

  1. Dilute household soap in warm water.
  2. Wipe the skin with a sponge slightly moistened in a soapy solution. Try not to soak.
  3. Remove the remaining solution from the product with clean water. Use a damp sponge for this. Again, soaking natural leather in water is prohibited.
  4. Gently wipe the leather product with a towel or napkin.
  5. Put the product to dry away from the battery and direct sunlight, otherwise the skin will become rough.
  6. Start painting after the thing is completely dry.

Here are some more recommendations on how to clean leather items: jacket , gloves , bag . In the articles you will find practical recommendations with cleaning and washing rules.

How to paint with improvised means

You can paint the skin with household products: ink, herbal decoctions, shoe polish.

  • The stamp paint, matched to the tone, gives bright shades. Cut several ballpoint pen shafts and dip them in acetone. Wait for the ink to dissolve. Apply the substance with a brush to the surface of the leather product.
  • To get brown shades, apply decoctions of: oak bark, walnut shells, ground acorns to the leather item. Prepare the decoction, the more concentrated it will be, the more saturated the color will be. After boiling, put the decoction to cool, having previously wrapped it in a blanket. Before application, warm up to 40-50 degrees. Keep in mind that the color will lighten by 1-2 tones when it dries.
  • Scratches can be covered with cream for leather shoes.

Importantly! Paint made from improvised means is suitable for small abrasions and scratches. In order to completely repaint an item or to update large scuffs, use special paints.

Dyeing with special means

Many types of leather dyes are available in stores. They differ in composition and method of application. Wax-based products provide shine and soften, silicone creams prevent deformation, acrylic paints and organic fat products repel moisture. The paint is sold in aerosols and tubes.

  • The aerosol will evenly paint a smooth surface.
  • With the help of paint from a tube and a brush, it is easy to paint areas with seams and irregularities.

Having selected the tone, you can combine these methods of application.

Importantly! Before use, read the instructions on the package.

how to paint a leather jacket

Step-by-step instructions

Paint leather goods with specialized means in several stages:

  1. If there is a shiny film on the leather product, it must be removed. Otherwise, the paint will come off after a while. Dilute acetone or solvents 646, 647, KR-36 with water. Wipe the skin with a tampon dipped in the solution, removing the film.
  2. Degrease the leather surface with soap suds or alcohol.
  3. Prepare paint, gloves, brushes and other necessary tools.
  4. Paint a small area of ​​skin first. If you like the result, proceed to full painting.
  5. So that the paint lays down evenly, straighten the folds on the product with your hands.
  6. Start painting from worn areas.
  7. Apply the paint in 3-5 steps with intervals of half an hour.
  8. Wait for the paint to dry.
  9. Apply a color fixer to the product.

Importantly! If you are dyeing a jacket, hang the product on a hanger or put it on a mannequin. Then you don’t have to turn the thing over.


Following a few rules will keep you safe at work:

  • most leather care products contain turpentine, so remove flammable items from the workspace;
  • paint the product in a well-ventilated room. Store-bought paint has a pungent smell. If necessary, wear a respirator;
  • put on rubber gloves before work.
How to dye leather at home