How to Dye Suede White

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Suede is fashionable leather that is soft and velvety to the touch. It is often used for shoes, purses, furniture and clothing. To stand out in the crowd, you may want to try dying a light color of suede white. Dying it on your own is typically not recommended, but it can be accomplished with the right preparation and materials.

Things You'll Need

  • Leather deglazer
  • Clean, dry cloth
  • Spray bottle or sponge
  • Suede dye

Buy white dye specified for suede, as well as leather deglazer, at a shoe store or leather clothing store.

Clean the leather. Rub the deglazer onto the leather and then wipe it off.

Moisten the suede lightly with a spray bottle or a wet sponge.

Spread the dye evenly with the brush applicator in the dye kit. Apply multiple coats of dye until you reach the desired shade.

Let the dye dry. It will take one to two hours until the leather is completely dried. While the suede is drying, flex the item often so it doesn’t stiffen. The leather will be dry when it does not look wet anymore.

Buff the item. Use a clean, dry cloth to buff it. This will improve the way it looks and remove excess dye.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you are attempting to dye an item that's already dyed, you will not get a pure white result. Do not attempt to dye black, dark brown or any other dark suede white; it won't work.

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