This is another project bag that I received from a fellow Coachie. It was originally British Tan or Tabac (maybe) and the outside had been dyed with a cordovan red color that didn’t hold. I am FUNDAMENTALLY opposed to dying, but this bag was in desperate shape! Below and during pics are below…First the end result!
- Soaked in Rit Dye Remover for 2 hours while lightly scrubbing and keeping the water hot
|Water after the dye removal process|
- Pulled all the leather filler off to expose the leather
- Rinsed thoroughly, resoaked in baby shampoo overnight.
- Cleaned the brass with brasso and re-rinsed
|Ready to dry!|
- Stuffed/shaped and dried until just damp.
- Redyed with Eco Flo in Desert Tan using wool daubers (1 coat)
- Allowed to dry thoroughly
- Used Tandy Leather Cement and tinted it with acrylic craft pain to match. Filled the worn areas and weakened spots.
- 1 coat of Lexol
- 1 coat of Black Rocks
- Borrowed a strap from my Berkeley British Tan Duffel Sac…. voila!
- Notes: Because the inside of the bag had not been dyed…it faded to a yellow in the dye remover. A local leather smith recommended using a darker dye on the inside, however I felt it had enough chemicals at this point and needed a break. The result is that the inside is a little lighter than the outside.
|Gorgeous Tabac/British Tan color….interior is slightly lighter but I love her 🙂
The tumbled leather of the Berkeley matches perfectly!
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