Edge Painting Chrome Dyed Leather Using The Giardini Mix Colour Package.
Posted on 03 July 2019
- Gentle tragacanth gum – This is a polishing agent used for bonding the fibres on the raw edge of leather. It works best on vegtan leathers however on the chrome dyes leather it still works and I feel helps to give the paint a good flat surface area to start building the layers of edge paint onto. I only use my finger to apply the tragacanth gum to make sure it doesn’t have a super shiny surface as the rubberised paint needs something to hold on to.
- To mix the paint – The Giardini mixing pack has a colour sheet with reference codes for each colour. It then had a colour mix formula. From this you take the exact quantity of each colour that is required to make your specific choice.
- I then stirred it thoroughly to make sure that the colour was completely mixed and then popped it into a screw lid container. I must warn you that the paint easily dries out so make sure that you do not leave the lid off for long periods of time.
- Applicator - I like to use a roller mesh application pen which I sourced from etsy.
- I will always start with a very fine layer of paint. Apply it with the roller mesh pen and making sure to rub off any excess paint that is on the surface of the leather. I tend to work quite fast on the first layer so that you get a nice even layer. Then leave the leather to dry in the air. I like to prop it on a glass jar so that very few edges hit a surface. The reason for this is that the paint has a tendency to drop down onto a table if you leave it on surface and then it dries with an angle in the paint. You are wanting to create a slightly rounded edge to the leather edge paint.
- Once it has fully dried for around 30 mins I will then sand the edge down very lightly with a fine sand paper grade 600. I work on creating a smooth edge to the paint and also sand off any excess that paint that might have hit the surface of the leather.
- Re apply next coat – I then add another 5 layers of paint letting each one dry and sanding in-between the layers until you get a really beautiful rounded edge with no lump of bumps, just a smooth even surface.