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Living in CA, a consumer cannot source oil based dye. We have pretty restrictive VOC laws that preclude the use of the necessary ingredients. Oil based product is only available to professionals that possess the required permits. Having read some horror stories on the Indian forum, regarding the use of the Indian supplied re-dye kit, which is water-based, I elected to use a local professional shop. I am extremely pleased with the results. The color is deeper, seems more permanent and it is definitely more full-bodied. The leather now has a glove-like feel to it, due to the conditioners used in the re-dye process.

The pro shop that I used has a Facebook page under the name: ReDyeIndianLeather for those of you that may be interested. They will accept shipments from out of state. Their service was great and the fee was very fair.
They are also getting ready to introduce some pretty sharp looking aftermarket leather accessories that will go quite well with Indian motorcycles of all types.

I hope this provides an option to anyone looking to avoid any difficulties that may be encountered with a water based product. I am including some before/after and installed pics for your use.
 

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Looks real nice, can I ask how much they charged for all your parts?
I'm glad I don't live in Cal. it seams like the epa police have outlawed everything that works.
 

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Wow, what a difference. Looks amazing :)
 

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The re-dye job looks just like the results I got from using Fiebing's Professional Oil Dye in Saddle Tan. The red cast goes very well with the Indian Red of my Vintage.
 

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Looks real nice, can I ask how much they charged for all your parts?
I'm glad I don't live in Cal. it seams like the epa police have outlawed everything that works.
MillChief,
Prices vary based on number of components that you have. You can contact my vendor directly for pricing info (and don't hesitate to use my name to wrangle a discount). Mark can be reached at: [email protected] . I hope this helps, as it sure did for me. Ride safely!
 

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Pascuzzo, looks great! I don't have a need for it yet and hopefully won't in the future (I'm waiting for my Scout) but this is useful info for a lot of owners. Thanks!
 

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They all look great. Good save.
 

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Just order the oil based dye unless you think the California Leather Dye Police are gonna getcha. If not you will be re dyeing within 6 months. My recipe was 2/3 Golden Brown and 1/3 saddle Tan. approx.
 

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MillChief,
Prices vary based on number of components that you have. You can contact my vendor directly for pricing info (and don't hesitate to use my name to wrangle a discount). Mark can be reached at: [email protected] . I hope this helps, as it sure did for me. Ride safely!
Thanks for the contact info pascuzzo but I was just interested in approx how much people were charging. I have a 2015 and my leather still looks good after a month.
 

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I have no problems ordering the oil based materials I need in counties outside the restrictive ones such as Los Angeles.
 

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In Australia the Indian dealers are offering to re-dye our leather for free, or supply a dye kit for free. That's on 2014 models....
 

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Hey Bluey - do you know if that is still the case? I have contacted Polaris in Oz - I was given the Leather Repair Kit from the NZ dealer and it does not work. Still way too light and starting to fade. Firmly believe that the detail in this thread is correct...water based dyes will not last. Am thinking of taking the bike to a saddlery shop where they have leatherwork specialists (BTW - they all recommend Fiebing).
 

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Hey Bluey - do you know if that is still the case? I have contacted Polaris in Oz - I was given the Leather Repair Kit from the NZ dealer and it does not work. Still way too light and starting to fade. Firmly believe that the detail in this thread is correct...water based dyes will not last. Am thinking of taking the bike to a saddlery shop where they have leatherwork specialists (BTW - they all recommend Fiebing).
Hi mate my leather is in Melbourne being redone it may be back mid month??
CLACK,CLACK
 

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Hi mate my leather is in Melbourne being redone it may be back mid month??
CLACK,CLACK
Hi Doc how long did they tell you it would take to dye your leather?, when Polaris Aust annouced the recall I was told it would be a 2 week turn around then it turned into 3 week turn around, my leather is supposed to be back at the dealers tomorrow (5 weeks), I am hoping that they make good on their promise, on a good note the dealers service manager has lent me a Victory for this weekend, have you resolved the faded needle on fuel gauge yet? it's my next claim to take up with the dealer.
 

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Hi Doc how long did they tell you it would take to dye your leather?, when Polaris Aust annouced the recall I was told it would be a 2 week turn around then it turned into 3 week turn around, my leather is supposed to be back at the dealers tomorrow (5 weeks), I am hoping that they make good on their promise, on a good note the dealers service manager has lent me a Victory for this weekend, have you resolved the faded needle on fuel gauge yet? it's my next claim to take up with the dealer.
Not sure I have the patience to wait 5 weeks. Mine faded after 6 weeks from when I bought the Vintage at the end of last year. I re-dyed the Leather using the Indian Leather Repair Kit and it looked OK for the first week or two (nowhere near the original red brown) - but it is still water based. Now - it is heaps lighter - more a yellow brown and I think looks like crap. That's the problem with the sun down under - really strong UV and our summer has been hot. I ride daily commuting to work and also weekend rides.

I have raised this issue with Polaris and am going to ask them to replace with new black leather - seats, backrest, grips, saddle bags. Starting to chat to some lawyers to as New Zealand Consumer Protection Law covers this. I have no confidence in the work that Polaris will do repairing the Desert Tan Leather. So - will push for a replacement like a number of people in this forum have.
 

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Not sure I have the patience to wait 5 weeks. Mine faded after 6 weeks from when I bought the Vintage at the end of last year. I re-dyed the Leather using the Indian Leather Repair Kit and it looked OK for the first week or two (nowhere near the original red brown) - but it is still water based. Now - it is heaps lighter - more a yellow brown and I think looks like crap. That's the problem with the sun down under - really strong UV and our summer has been hot. I ride daily commuting to work and also weekend rides.

I have raised this issue with Polaris and am going to ask them to replace with new black leather - seats, backrest, grips, saddle bags. Starting to chat to some lawyers to as New Zealand Consumer Protection Law covers this. I have no confidence in the work that Polaris will do repairing the Desert Tan Leather. So - will push for a replacement like a number of people in this forum have.
Vaughan I know what you mean with the redye kits, I have to give polaris a chance to correct the fading, they say the dye is 40 times more UV resitance than the non UV resitance dye used on 2014 leather, Iv'e seen the results of the redyed leather and it looks like the leather when new.
 

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Vaughan I know what mean with the redye kits, I have to give polaris a chance to correct the fading, they say the dye is 40 times more UV resitance than the non UV resitance dye used on 2014 leather, Iv'e seen the results of the redyed leather and it looks like the leather when new.
Fair enough - will let you know how I get on
 

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Frustration continues on my warranty claim with Polaris (see thread on Indian Leather Fade for Chief Vintage). Still no confirmation from Polaris that they will honour the warranty and when I will be sent the replacement leather seats and accessories. This has been going on since November. I have been told by the dealer that it is looking good but I would honestly love to post a reply and pictures of the final outcome....a totally satisfied customer who loves Indians and thinks Polaris customer service is the ducks nuts. Right now...I just love Indians...far from satisfied as a customer and unimpressed with Polaris dragging their ass.
 

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You can buy Fiedings Oil Based Leather Dye on Amazon. It doesn't say anything about not shipping to CA.
 
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