Check out this video where an Indian Tech shows you how to restore aged leather to like-new condition.
Got any photos of the fading?I think it is a damn shame that Indian in its comeback attempt could,nt get it right. I have my bike for about two weeks here in Florida and it is already showing the sign of fading. Then on top of it all They are going to chargwe you to fix there mistake "not Good"
How has this held up in the year since you did it ?I just dyed my Vintage leather and couldn't be happier.
Let me start telling you that when I took delivery of my bike the Indian dealer gave me a small tub of wax to treat the leather. I got home and thoroughly coated all the leather with the wax. After about four months I noticed that my leather was fading, somewhat unevenly. After quite a bit of research I decided that I needed to strip the wax off the leather, dye it, then re-wax it.
I visited the local Fiebing (dye) distributor and had a chat to the manager, who gave me a heap of good information.
I started the process by using Fiebing's Deglazer to strip the wax off the leather, and clean off any dirt and marks. It was important to make sure the leather was really clean so that the dye would then penetrate evenly.
Immediately after cleaning the leather, while it was still a bit damp from the Deglazer, I applied my first coat of dye. I wanted a reasonably dark tan, not only because I like the look of a darker colour, but also to make my bike stand out from other bikes, so I ended up applying 4 coats of dye to the seat, and 2 coats of dye to the bags. This resulted in the seat and the bags being pretty well the same colour with very little variation. I waited a few hours to allow the dye to completely dry, and then applied a coating of the wax that the Indian dealer had given me when I bought the bike.
Unlike the problem that some others seem to have had when applying the sealer, the wax went on quite easily and did not interfere with the dye at all. I left the wax for 24 hours to allow it to soak into the leather, and then used a clean cloth to remove any excess. On my first ride after applying the wax, I sat an old towel on the seat just to pick up any dye/wax that may have stained my clothing.
I am more than happy with the end result, and a couple of friends have said that the dark tan looks better than the lighter coloured tan, when the bike was delivered.
I intend to apply a fresh coat of wax every other month to maintain the appearance that I have achieved.
I hope this helps....