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 Distressed leather tutorial

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Xelus

Distressed leather tutorial
« on: May 24, 2010, 10:57 PM »
well i'm kind of new to this, but one thing i know may be of use to some of you.
here's my personal method for makin leathers looked older and more worn with out all the years of use needed to get them there.
heres what you will need
1. prestained leather
2. turtle wax rubbing compound
3. terry cloth
4. kiwi shoe polish
5. rough colth for applying shoe polish
6. soft cloth for polishing the shoe polish off


photos arent as good as i like because i had to use my cell phone to take them sorry
ok first you take the leather that you stained already and apply the rubbing compound in circular motion until uyou have the entire surface covered, next use your terry cloth to rub the compound off, the harder you press and the more times you repeat this step the lighter you'll make the stain.

this is an untreated piece

and this is after the rubbing compound
now that you've finished with the rubbing compound it's time to use the shoe polish same as before apply the polish in a circular motion covering as much of the surface area as youd like to darken back up again, once its on you the polish it off with a soft cloth if you let the polish set on too long and dry it becomes a harder to remove, but this does have the added effect of appearing like smudges and extermely dirty areas.

and this is the finished product as i said the pics are kinda crappy and i apologize, in this example i have presented i have used a tandy eco-flow stain called dark chocolate it's an almost black brown, that when the treatment is applied becomes mush lighter and all of the divets and cuts in the leather remain black having a very nice aged effect when your done.
this has worked very well with many different stainn colors i've used so far, so good luck and i hope this has been of help to some of you

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Re: Distressed leather tutorial
« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2010, 11:25 PM »
Nice thing with the ecoflow dye too is that since its water based you can repeatedly apply it until you put a finishing surface on it (shoe polish, leather varnish, etc)  the eco-flow dyes really lend themselves to being able to heap them on unevenly and heavy, letting it pool a little in areas and then dry, giving that 'years of use surplus' look.

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Re: Distressed leather tutorial
« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2010, 11:47 PM »
Nice thing with the ecoflow dye too is that since its water based you can repeatedly apply it until you put a finishing surface on it (shoe polish, leather varnish, etc)  the eco-flow dyes really lend themselves to being able to heap them on unevenly and heavy, letting it pool a little in areas and then dry, giving that 'years of use surplus' look.
that and if my nephew or my animals decide to chew spill or lick any of it it doesnt do more then give them the runs lol
i should also mention i only use veggie tanned leathers too

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