I followed dstar/RERE/Cleo to dye my city. When I purchased the bag, it was still perfect with slight oxidizing. I took care of it but there was a stain so I used Mr. Clean magic eraser on it (it was raved about for LV vachetta, but DO NOT EVER USE IT ON Balenciaga!) . Anyway, after I used the magic eraser, the leather began to oxidize so quickly and picked up dirt more quickly.
Before. The actual color of the bag is darker than the first picture and lighter than the second picture. I took both pics today. The handles were darkened. I used tarrago dye number 18: black
I wiped the bag with the preparing solution using a scotch brite pad followed by a cotton round. I started to use the brush on the edges/stitching and used the brush to apply the dye to the sponge that came with the kit. I then used the sponge on the bag.
Closeup of the front. I dyed the zipper part with the same dye.
I'm excited! I can't wait to see the results. The dye doesn't really smell at all. The bbag leather just absorbs the dye.
I'd been thinking about dying my bag ever since I read that thread about dyeing (the one where people warned about the leather texture changing)...but dstar said hers still feels smooshy and I hope mine stays smooshy too.
Thanks, Izznit, Handbagaddict!! I am having trouble waiting. There is definitely a lot of waiting involved, because I have to do 1 side first, wait for it to dry, to the other side. Then after a few hours till they dry, I do the second coat.
I'm saving the handles for last because I found a nice wall light the bag can hang from to dry. The dye actually sets in just a few minutes (won't come off) but it it doesn't dry enough (still feels sticky) for a few hours.
HELP! My bag still feels tacky/wet this morning. Is it supposed to be like this? I tried conditioning it and it lifted off the dye. The instructions said 5 hours and it's dry. I just looked at the website and now it seems to say 24-48 hours to dry. Is that right? Thanks.