Fiebing's Leather Deglazer

Fiebing's Deglazer
I use Fiebing's Deglazer on smooth leathers to remove old finishes, lacquers, oils, grease, excess dye and miscellaneous undesirables as a prep before dyeing or refinishing.

Make no mistake, deglazer is hardcore stuff. It's highly flammable, probably causes cancer in lab animals, and will damage synthetic fibers. Think: super strength nail polish remover, like acetone. You need to follow directions, use in a well-ventilated area, and treat deglazer with the same respect as dynamite.

bottom half of flap treated with deglazer
Compressed leather fibers under stirrup leathers tend to become slick, hard, and absorb dye poorly. Deglazer applied to bottom half of flap has stripped away old oils, coatings, and color so leather dye can penetrate.
I recommend you always test deglazer on an inconspicuous area, first. Some mystery finishes on vintage leather goods may react unfavorably, even violently, to being stripped.

I use a lot of deglazer. By that, I mean I use it, then use it some more. I apply deglazer with pure cotton rags, then give everything a thorough rubdown with a nappy microfiber cloth in between deglazer applications to eliminate any hidden buildup of deglazer residue. That said, microfiber cloths are synthetic, and should not be used anywhere deglazer is still wet and active, or they may literally melt.

unknown, smells like acetone

Due to VOC regulations this item cannot be shipped to a California address. Several leatherworkers claim to substitute deglazer with strong rubbing alcohol or regular acetone/nail polish remover with good results.


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