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    Color Change for Leather Strap

    I have a leather strap that is a very dark brown. Is there any way to lighten the color so that it is not so dark? Can I soak it in bleach for a little while or is there some other way?
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    Re: Color Change for Leather Strap

    I doubt that you can change it without ruining it. My very limited knowledge of leather working says that the leather was probably died and a finish was added. The finish pretty much locks in the color and keeps stuff from staining the leather. If for some reason the leather never had a finish applied, you can probably do something to affect the color. The finishes I'm referring to are not necessarily the shiny lacquer you see on some straps.

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    Re: Color Change for Leather Strap

    posting a picture would help, but in all likelihood you can't do much to lighten the color without ruining the finish of the leather. Why not buy a new one in a lighter color, there are plenty of options out there! (time saved in ruining your old watch band will probably be worth the cost of buying a new strap)
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    Re: Color Change for Leather Strap

    Quote Originally Posted by MiniW View Post
    posting a picture would help, but in all likelihood you can't do much to lighten the color without ruining the finish of the leather. Why not buy a new one in a lighter color, there are plenty of options out there! (time saved in ruining your old watch band will probably be worth the cost of buying a new strap)
    OK, I took your advice. In the big scheme of things, straps are relatively cheap when compared to the price of a watch. So, I ordered a lighter colored one and found another watch in my stash that is well suited to the dark brown one. Problem solved.
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    Was going to suggest a leather cleaner preferably saddle soap, scrub really good with maybe a soft brush them leave out to dry in sun. Usually helps for me when working on my straps

    The older the leather the better it can lighten up a bit

    Just an FYI for future

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