How to Use Leather Dye to Stain Wood

Leather dyes are like wood dyes, as they both have key components of alcohol, a mineral spirit or water. Dyes on wood have the ability to alter the color of the wood with rich tones, though not change the look of the patterns in the wood grain because of the translucent qualities of the dye. Using leather dye to stain wood, therefore, requires no more effort than staining with a made-for-wood product. Before you use the leather dye, however, make sure that the wood is bare and ready for the application of the dye.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic or latex gloves
  • Leather dye
  • Painter’s stick
  • Paintbrush
  • Rag
  • Wood

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Put on a pair of plastic or latex gloves to protect your hands. Leather dye, like wood stain, will stain your hands if you do not protect them.

Mix the leather dye thoroughly with a painter’s stick, ensuring that the color that has settled on the bottom of the container blends in completely with the water, alcohol or mineral spirit base.

Dip the end of a paintbrush or rag into the leather dye. Do not over-saturate the paintbrush or rag, as this will cause the leather dye to run or drip on the wood.

Brush or wipe the leather dye across the wood. Cover the entire surface of the wood with the leather dye slowly and in a thin layer. Be sure to brush or wipe away any bubbles or puddles in the dye as you work.

Apply the leather dye again, continuing to cover the entire surface of the wood. Apply as many coats of leather dye as you desire to achieve the color saturation of the wood that you prefer.

Tips & Warnings

  • For a high gloss finish to the wood, add an oil-based leather dye to shellac until you achieve the color boldness that you prefer. Pour the mixture into a paint sprayer and spray the wood with the leather dye-shellac mix.

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