Preparation for staining
Note: the stain supplied is a water based, permanent stain. Spillages can be mopped up with warm water and a cloth but colour damage cannot be removed easily.
- Cover a flat service with several layers of newspaper.
- Wear household gloves to protect hands against stain and an apron to protect clothing.
- Work in a well ventilated room with good lighting.
- Obtain sponge/piece of old cotton T shirt material to apply stain.
- Dispense a small amount of stain in to a container large enough for you to dip your sponge/cloth in to.
- Place your animal on the flat service covered with newspaper. Turn him onto his back. Dip sponge/cloth into stain solution and squeeze out any excess stain. Move sponge over surface of leather using SMALL overlapping CIRCULAR movements, starting with the underbelly and inside of legs. DO NOT apply the stain using long wiping movements as this does not give a nice finish. Complete sides of body overlapping the stain as you apply it, finishing off with the head.
- Leave animal overnight to dry off.
NOTE: if you are re staining only small areas that have incurred damage, put a small amount of stain on to the cloth and apply to the affected area in SMALL circular movements as noted above. Blend the stain in with the surrounding area. It may be that you have to reapply stain to build up to colour required.
Application of Nikwax Waterproofing Wax
- Nikwax is a water based wax that is absorbed in to the leather. It is used to waterproof leather and provide protection from drying out. It is GREAT for your keeping your animal in good condition.
- Apply Nikwax in the same manner as the stain, using a fresh sponge/piece of cloth. Work in small circular movements. The Nikwax may “lift off” some of the stain. This is not unexpected and gives the “antique effect” finish that we look for.
- Leave to dry (say an hour). Then buff up to a shine with a soft cloth.
Reapply Nikwax from time to time to keep your animal in good condition and to improve its colour fastness.