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HELP! Dyeing a fake leather jacket

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LaRhea P.

LaRhea P.

WASHINGTON,
United States

58 posts

So I have this fake leather jacket that I want to dye either black or dark red.

Ive been searching on the internet for things to use to dye it but I'm not really finding a whole lot. I found this spray paint type stuff at the paint store but I'm not really sure how well it will work.

Has anyone tried dyeing fake leather and had success? What would you recommend using?

Pictures? Thanks

almost 8 years ago

#1
Joss K

Joss K.

SCOTLAND,
United Kingdom

1051 posts

Why don't you just buy a new one in the colour you want? Pretty sure fake leather jackets don't cost too much, and it will save you possibly wrecking the one you already have.

1 · May 20, 2011

#2
LaRhea P.

LaRhea P.

WASHINGTON,
United States

58 posts

I never wear it because the color doesn't go with anything I have. Yeah It might be easier to buy a new one but I would really like to try dyeing it myself. Im not really too worried if I wreck, I just want to try and make it into something ill actually wear.

0 · May 20, 2011

#3
Yoon Jae

Yoon J.

SAN FRANCISCO / SEOUL,
United States

482 posts

Just buy a new one :p

0 · May 22, 2011

#4
Aimiel Reyes

Aimiel R.

MANILA,
Philippines

129 posts

color it with pentel pen? lol... mkay not helping...

0 · May 23, 2011

#6
LaRhea P.

LaRhea P.

WASHINGTON,
United States

58 posts

Yeah I know you can dye leather, they do it on furniture and car leather.

And yes I already have bought new ones, as I said I would really just like to try dying this one.

lol a pentel pen.

0 · May 25, 2011

#8
Sarah Amirault

Sarah A.

ONTARIO,
Canada

53 posts

Dye can only be (properly) absorbed by natural fibers... from what I've learned anyway. Synthetic fibers (like the one's that make up your faux leather coat) probably won't catch the dye. This is especially true because it's most likely made out of a plastic type material.

If you don't care about ruining your jacket, I would suggest painting it. It'll take a while to spray paint but be diligent and make sure to get an even coat. I would suggest hanging it up so that the entire coat is accessible. Stuff the sleeves, allowing for you to contour them without getting ripples, etc...
Don't spray too much on at once or it will drip and you will constantly be wiping it/smudging the paint off in certain spots.
What color is it now?

Also, make sure to cover the zipper with tape (if you have a zipper) so that the paint doesn't jam up the grooves. Cover any area of the coat that you don't want covered. You can even use this technique to your advantage if you want to stencil something onto it (picture, letters, etc..)
Good luck.

0 · June 11, 2011

#10
LaRhea P.

LaRhea P.

WASHINGTON,
United States

58 posts

@Sarah A.

Thank you a ton!

and its like a greyish blue color.

0 · June 19, 2011

#12
Sarah Amirault

Sarah A.

ONTARIO,
Canada

53 posts

@LaRhea P.

Yeah, because it's dark, you would have to bleach the color out before dyeing it.
Unfortunately that won't work with "pleather" because it is not a natural fiber.

Just paint over it :)
Follow the tips that I mentioned before and be prepared for a good deal of work - it will take some time to get it even and looking nice... hopefully it doesn't become pron to cracking/splitting.

0 · June 25, 2011

#13
Sarah Amirault

Sarah A.

ONTARIO,
Canada

53 posts

I've just been informed about an important factor - acrylic paint does not bond to faux leather.
You can purchase a specific spray paint designed to bond to pleather from a company called Rustolium. It's for leather and vinyl.
I don't know which colors it comes in... but if you don't like their selection (found at a hardware store) you could look online... just run it through a search engine and order it from a site if that's a possibility.

Just don't use acrylic... apparently that's a big no-no.

0 · July 5, 2011

#14
Karlabathrick0

Karlabathrick0

Pakistan

1 posts

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0 · March 14, 2014

#15
Ellis Dee

Ellis D.

VANCOUVER,
Canada

7596 posts

Charcoal or blood.

1 · March 15, 2014

#16
Charles House

Charles H.

WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA,
United States

1 posts

This discussion is old, but I found it while Googling, so I wanted to add my input.

Firstly, "dye" is not a term used only in relation to material that can absorb color, and therefore must start lighter than the desired tone.

Leather dye is essentially a leather spray paint. You have to remove the chemicals from the leather with a dye prep then dye it with a can of spray dye.

Faux leather is more difficult, but you can sometimes spraypaint faux leather. Find a paint that will work with the material of the jacket then test it on a small location that won't be seen when the jacket is worn. If it works, spray the rest of the jacket. If not, seek another paint.

0 · February 26, 2015

  

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