Color & Finish 103 – Antique Stain

Applying Antique Finishes

  • This step can be left out so that your dye job remains clean and fresh looking.
  • Antique Finish is supposed to be used only after you have dyed leather, not on un-dyed leather.
  • Although antique finish is water based, it is not an acrylic, so it is not very permanent and will wear off. It has to be sealed with a finish.

The intended use of antique finish is as follows:

  1. Let your project dry completely after applying water-based, spirit-based or oil-based dye.
  2. Cover the project with a resist, which can be any of the following : Neatlac, Supersheen, Block-out or RTC.
  3. Let the resist dry, as in overnight.
  4. Now apply the antique paste or liquid with a damp sponge very liberally, so that it gets into all your tooling impressions and cracks.
  5. Have a clean damp sponge handy and start wiping off the excess finish from the non-tooled areas. You do not want this to dry streaky on the leather where there is no tooling. Gradually work towards the tooled areas and wipe the excess finish off there as well, leaving only the accentuated tooled areas with finish in.
  6. Let the finish dry overnight again and then apply the finish of your choice to seal the antique.

Please send any questions you might have, to leatherworker at – that way I can expand these instructions to be more complete!

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