As previously mentioned I picked up a cheap dressage saddle that worked fabulously for Dee. And while it was brown like I was hoping for, it was an ugly brown.
|Not my favourite brown|
I decided on Chocolate as my colour because as SprinklerBandit pointed out, it "literally can't look worse" so I basically narrowed it down to two colours and then played Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe to make my final decision. The guy at Tandy got a good laugh out of my decision making process.
I found it be super nerve-wracking and found I drank way more adult beverages than I had planned on. It turned out good but I have compiled my own list of Do's and Dont's.
Do: Buy more adult beverages than you think you'll need. Every time I questioned my decision I just drank more.
Don't: Forget to liberally spray yourself with bug spray. It's always fun to swipe at a mosquito with your dye covered hand
|After oiling and Tan-Kote|
Don't: Assume the dogs will be well behaved and are totally fine to stay out in the yard with you. After you get started it's always great fun to have to go chasing after a beast who decides to jump the fence.
Do: Wear crappy clothes. I have no idea how I manged to get dye on my butt.
Don't: Skimp on deglazer. Going back to redo a spot you missed (after starting to dye) is no fun.
Do: Oil the saddle after the dye step (if you are using a non-oil based dye). The guys at the leather store recommended this step and it really helped the leather. Just be aware it will cause some darkening
Don't: Get frustrated with the Resolene and just say fuck it and assume the streaks will go away as it dries.
|The final product. If you look closely you can see the streaks|
But my GAF is broken so it stays this way.
Do: A full 3 coats of Resolene is needed. After 2 I rode in it and had dye transfer. After 3 I had no transfer at all.
|Before and after.|
Even with all of my challenges I would dye another saddle. Every time I see a greenish dressage saddle my grabby hands itch to dye it.
I love how it turned out. I think I'm going to see about dying my super faded an splotchy TSF girth next. I just need to make a quick trip to the liquor store first...