Adding Antique to a Leather Belt
So your belt is tooled, stamped and dyed. Before you jump into adding Antique to your belt, make sure any dye you applied before hand is throughly dry. On a dry day, your belt could dry within 3~4 hours depends on the humidity in your region. On a humid day, it may take up to 10~12 hours or overnight before the belt is completely dry.
What's an Antique?
Leather Antique is a gel-like paste that sinks into cuts, impressions and background texture to highlight and shadow the depth of the tooling and stamping details. It makes the design pop and looking naturally aged. It also darkens the overall color of your project. You can use a resist to seal your belt before applying the antique so that the overall color and tone is not changed.
What you need:
- Fiebing's Antique Finish
- Wool dauber/ Sponge
- Dry cloth
How to apply:
Step 1: Work in circular fashion, apply liberal amount of Antique into the creases and details using dauber or sponge.
Step 2: Wipe any excess Antique off the top and gently buff the surface in circular motion to get a clean and consistent finish.
Step 3: If you missed any area, simply go back, fill in with Antique and buff.
Step 4: Once the Antique is dry, the belt is ready for a top coat. We recommend using Fiebing's Premier Leather Finish to complete your final finish.
This short video shows you the comparison between four different blocking agents that we offer, as well as what the end results look like when Vintage Gel and Antique Finish are applied. Finally we'll take you through the steps to apply antique on your finished belt.