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I didn't do it myself, but I had a local leather shop dye my leather using Fiebing's Oil Dye. Had this done over a month ago. The day I got it home, I went over it all pretty good with some 303. I've been away off and on, and have only ridden the bike 3 or 4 times since it was done. But, I am still getting dye residue all over the seat of my pants. For those who've dyed theirs, how long was it before it stopped happening? Or, did you use some sealant to prevent it? Thanks.

 

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I also used fiebing's oil dye and tan kote sealant on my Vintage. Had to wash the bike a couple of times. When it no longer shed residue I oiled the leather to restore it's suppleness and then treated with 303 . Now no more shedding of excess dye.
 

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I didn't do it myself, but I had a local leather shop dye my leather using Fiebing's Oil Dye. Had this done over a month ago. The day I got it home, I went over it all pretty good with some 303. I've been away off and on, and have only ridden the bike 3 or 4 times since it was done. But, I am still getting dye residue all over the seat of my pants. For those who've dyed theirs, how long was it before it stopped happening? Or, did you use some sealant to prevent it? Thanks.

It looks good I like the finish & a nice shade as well
 

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I haven't really understood why folks were freaking out so over their tan seats fading in the weather, I'd kind of expect it. I often apply dye to my motorcycle leathers, boots, gun leather, and leather saddles to touch them up. They acquire a very individual patina over time. I was thrilled when I heard Indian seats were going to be genuine leather from the git-go. The black saddle on my Chieftain has been drenched repeatedly with rain and exposed to blistering desert sunshine and is holding up well with occasional applications of saddlesoap and harness dressing. As for the dressing or dye coming off on clothes, why that's why bikers wear black.
By the way, Cattivo, your leather really looks good.
--- Randall
 

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I haven't really understood why folks were freaking out so over their tan seats fading in the weather, I'd kind of expect it. I often apply dye to my motorcycle leathers, boots, gun leather, and leather saddles to touch them up. They acquire a very individual patina over time. I was thrilled when I heard Indian seats were going to be genuine leather from the git-go. The black saddle on my Chieftain has been drenched repeatedly with rain and exposed to blistering desert sunshine and is holding up well with occasional applications of saddlesoap and harness dressing. As for the dressing or dye coming off on clothes, why that's why bikers wear black.
By the way, Cattivo, your leather really looks good.
--- Randall
Have a look at mine
 

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Wow that is faded! What a nice touch dye would do for you. Use a sheep skin seat cover after you dye until it dries/stop bleeding on you clothes
 

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Doctor, my understanding is that Indian used a water-based dye, probably to comply with some intrusive government regulation or other. Water-based leather dyes don't hold up to weather as well as oil-based dyes. My cartridge belts and holsters, a nice tan when new, will do the same thing if I don't oil them regularly. Pick out a good oil-based dye in a shade that appeals to you and dye your leathers; think of it as a chance to customize to your taste. Use the leather treatment of your choice on a regular basis to keep the leather soft and water-proof; I like Montana Pitch-blend Harness Dressing. If the leather fades, and if its out in the sun much it will, just touch up with a little more dye. Leather takes more care than vinyl but takes on a wonderful color and patina over time, and will far outlast vinyl if cared for. Several forum members have posted photos of their saddles and bags after re-dying with oil-based dyes and I think they look much better and more individualized than the factory dye job. Cattivo's is a case in point.
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Thanks for the input and compliments guys.

Damn Doctor! That is what I wanted to pre-empt. Are you gonna do anything about it or keep it barn find fresh?
 

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Doctor, my understanding is that Indian used a water-based dye, probably to comply with some intrusive government regulation or other. Water-based leather dyes don't hold up to weather as well as oil-based dyes. My cartridge belts and holsters, a nice tan when new, will do the same thing if I don't oil them regularly. Pick out a good oil-based dye in a shade that appeals to you and dye your leathers; think of it as a chance to customize to your taste. Use the leather treatment of your choice on a regular basis to keep the leather soft and water-proof; I like Montana Pitch-blend Harness Dressing. If the leather fades, and if its out in the sun much it will, just touch up with a little more dye. Leather takes more care than vinyl but takes on a wonderful color and patina over time, and will far outlast vinyl if cared for. Several forum members have posted photos of their saddles and bags after re-dying with oil-based dyes and I think they look much better and more individualized than the factory dye job. Cattivo's is a case in point.
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Thanks for the info mate
 

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Thanks for the input and compliments guys.

Damn Doctor! That is what I wanted to pre-empt. Are you gonna do anything about it or keep it barn find fresh?
I ride it around in Queensland it gets to 40 celsius I am in contact with Indian Australia they tell me they are looking into it for me
 

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I ride it around in Queensland it gets to 40 celsius I am in contact with Indian Australia they tell me they are looking into it for me
Hey Doc

Indian in Sydney offer either a free dye kit, or if you drop your leather parts in they'll re-dye it for you no charge. I did my own using Fiebings tan dye, available in Oz. I did four coats dye on my seat And two on the bags to get it all to match. I'm very happy with the outcome.
 

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Hey Doc

Indian in Sydney offer either a free dye kit, or if you drop your leather parts in they'll re-dye it for you no charge. I did my own using Fiebings tan dye, available in Oz. I did four coats dye on my seat And two on the bags to get it all to match. I'm very happy with the outcome.
Thanks mate the photo of yours with the new finish looks good mine is still being talked about no action as yet maybe in the new year??
 

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the doctor. After the Indian ANZ treatment, which they outsourced to a leather specialist. DSCF4595.JPG
 
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Hi bluey the leather is looking nice but did you use a sealer to keep the dye in the leather? My leather is going back for a second time to get it to standard
 

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Hey Doc

Indian in Sydney offer either a free dye kit, or if you drop your leather parts in they'll re-dye it for you no charge. I did my own using Fiebings tan dye, available in Oz. I did four coats dye on my seat And two on the bags to get it all to match. I'm very happy with the outcome.
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What was the color of the Fiebings oil dye.
 

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What was the color of the Fiebings oil dye.
I used Fiebing's "Saddle Tan" colour. I did 4 coats on the seat, and 2 coats on the bags to get them all pretty well the same colour. I wanted a darker tan than the stock seat colour,,, just to be different. I also used Fiebings "Deglazer" to clean the leather before I started.

After the dye was dry I used the Indian leather wax (which they gave me for free when I took delivery of my bike) to finish it off. After I ran out of the wax I bought some Meguiars leather conditioner, and give it a coat of that about once a month or so.
 

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Hi bluey the leather is looking nice but did you use a sealer to keep the dye in the leather? My leather is going back for a second time to get it to standard
To the best of my knowledge, once you use the Fiebings dye, it won't fade or bleach. After you have dyed your leather, you then simply want to protect it from deteriorating (eg drying out in the sun and wet, and cracking). You can use a variety of off-the-shelf leather conditioners and sealers for this. I'm no leather expert, but I intend to apply the leather conditioner reasonably regularly, especially if the leather has had a lot of exposure to the elements.
 
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