In an earlier post I stated that not all bad purchases need be discarded and that some can be saved with a little creativity. This is the process I followed to dye my suede shoes.
- Horsehair and/or suede brush
- Latex gloves - Suede dye will dye your hands
- Newspaper to protect the surface of your table (I found the long-staple paper fiber of a Cucinelli bag to be perfect for the task)
- Masking tape
- Fiebing’s Suede Dye
- Cotton applicator (should come with the dye)
- Edge dressing
- Suede water proofer
- Prepare your work area by laying out the newspaper.
- Lightly brush the shoes with the suede brush to remove any dirt and freshen the nap.
- Mask the interior of the shoe with the masking tape to shield it from the dye.
- Prior to applying the dye put on your latex gloves as suede dye is very hard to wash off skin.
- Evenly apply the dye to the surface of the shoe. Use the toothbrush to work the dye into the tough spots.
- Let dry over night and freshen the nap again with the suede brush.
- Apply as many coats of dye as necessary. Allow the shoes to dry completely between coats. I applied two coats.
- Apply the edge dressing as necessary.
- Once the dye is dry and you’re happy with the color brush them with the suede brush and apply the water proofing spray. I recommend a silicon-free spray. This not only protects the suede but also serves to lock in the dye.