Early in the summer, I ordered everything on her list, but the show season was in full swing, and I was pretty nervous about the process. What if it went to hell in a hand basket? I didn't want to be with no saddle just days before a show, so I gathered the supplies and left them to sit, waiting for the right moment.
If you haven't read Amanda's post, the process goes like this:
- Deglazer to remove any sealant which allows the leather to absorb the dye.
- Black dye done in several coats.
- Tan-Kote is a protective finish.
- Resolene is a water resistant top finish that gives the leather shine.
After I used the black dye, I allowed the saddle to sit overnight. The next afternoon I used the Tan-Kote and Resolene. I also allowed that to sit over night. The third day, I did a light coating of Lederbalsam to finish the whole thing off.
I had hoped that with some wear, the brush strokes would begin to fade or blend in. Now that they have, I am even happier with how the saddle looks. On top of that, it is the cleanest it has been since it left the saddle maker. That won't last long, I am sure.
There's still a bit of time left to leave a comment on Monday's post for a chance to win a pair of Roeckl gloves.