Leather dye and leather paint are 2 main elements in the leather crafting world. They sound similar but the purpose is different.
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Leather is like wood. It can be stained (dyed) or painted (pigmented finish or coating).
Leather dyes penetrate and accentuate the natural variations in the fiber. Dyes are in the leather (chemical bond).
Leather paints and pigmented finishes coat the fiber; they are on the leather (a physical bond). They can be monochromatic or multiple colors, tones and effects.
Vinyl (a synthetic) cannot be dyed; it can only be refinished.
Dyes are prone to fading and transference (just as blue jeans can stain furniture). Most leathers are dyed. The variable that changes is the final finish. Some have no finish (aniline) or a light clear finish (semi-aniline). Some leathers (like those in auto interiors) have a pigmented urethane or acrylic finish that better retains color and resists stains.
Leather cannot be dyed lighter color. Only a pigmented finish (paint/coating) can achieve this.
Having said all of that in our products range you can find:
The purpose is the same of what we were talking before, the first stays on top of the leather ( in this case leather edge), the second penetrates into the leather fibers.
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