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Saddle Refurbish

I decided that I no longer cared for some of the brown leather saddles I had on various bikes.

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I bought some leather dye and thought I’d give it a go.

First up was on old French saddle as a test.

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Up next, the honey Brooks.

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After drying and buffing I applied a liberal amount of mink oil and buffed out again.

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All in all, a nice satin finish.

Hopefully the dye will “fix” and won’t rub off on my pants….

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2 responses

  1. Trevor Duvall

    Hi,
    After reading your post you’ve inspired me to give it a go too!

    I recently bought, overpaid more like it, a 1969 Raleigh Superbe that came with the Brooks B66 saddle of the time and after many Poofhide applications the lustre just never came back. So I will dye it since it looks like you had success with you saddles, so did the dye set or come off on your pants?
    Thanks,
    Trevor

    November 21, 2020 at 5:28 pm

    • The dye is pretty good if you leave it for awhile. They do sell another product to prep the leather but I didn’t bother. In use mink oil to treat the saddles.

      November 21, 2020 at 6:04 pm

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