Dyeing Suede & Nubuck

Dyes are great at returning suede & nubuck back to new. We have a range of colours available.  The colours vary in shades and the original colour of the shoe plays a part in the end result. So it's important to note that often you cannot determine the exact shade of colour until completion. When choosing your colour remember that you can only dye from light to darker colour.

To get started follow the steps below.

Step One: Preparing

Step Two: Dying

  • Use the brush provided with the Suede Dye and apply the dye in long, even strokes. Make sure that the colour remains even.
  • Let the first coat of dye dry for 1 - 2 hours.
  • Apply second coat until you achieve the desired shade.

Step Three: Brushing

  • Allow to dry thoroughly, and then use a Suedette Brush to bring the nap back up.

Shoe Dying Tips

  • The more time you spend preparing your shoes the better the results will be.
  • Each time you apply dye to your shoes make sure that they are completely dry before applying next coat.
  • Stuff paper in your shoes or place them on a shoe tree for easier application.
  • Try not to apply to many coats as this can dry the leather out.
  • Red suede & nubuck can sometimes be very difficult to dye, even to black. Not sure why this is, it may have to do with a proccess used in the tanning of red suedes.
  • When choosing your colour remember that you can only dye from a lighter to a darker colour.