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    Default Fiebing's red leather dye

    Do any of you have experience with their red leather dye? I bought some for an electric guitar and so far I'd describe the results as being more pink to purple rather than red. It's rather disconcerting - not to mention disappointing, but to be fair their on line colour chart does tend that way.

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    I used it for this project. This is before adding tru-oil, which did darken it.
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    Thanks, that's very much what I'm getting.

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    Default Re: Fiebing's red leather dye

    I’ve used their brown dye and it has a red tint.

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    Thanks people. So I haven't got a mislabelled bottle or anything. Is anyone familiar enough with their range to suggest whether there is a nice pure red in there? My enthusiasm for buying a few more bottles on spec is very limited! Fortunately the instrument in question is solid body so some extra sanding and scraping to remove the pink isn't a catastrophe, but I object to not getting things right the second time.

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    Default Re: Fiebing's red leather dye

    Mohawk sells a red dye that's pretty red. You'll probably have to buy a quart but if you're thinking of buying several more bottles of Fieblings, it might be cheaper. Either way, if you add a drop of black to the red, it will probably get you away from the pink. Just a drop or you could be headed for maroon.

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    Yes, Fiebings turns more pink over time. You might try the oxblood.

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    Red alcohol soluble aniline dye available from violin supply houses is a match for the red used on 'teens Gibson mandolins.
    Use only pure grain alcohol to make your solution. Cut it with 25% acetone if you're going to mix it with lacquer.

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