Dyeing Your Vernis Louis Vuitton Handbag

Louis Vuitton handbags are renowned for their timeless elegance and exquisite craftsmanship. However, vernis handbags are delicate and can often show signs of wear and tear from years of love. The patent leather is extremely porous and can suck up dye and inks like a sponge. Dyeing it can be a creative and rewarding endeavor. Transforming the color of your handbag helps preserves the life of the piece and add years of wear. Below is the full YouTube video and the process that I used. This was my first time dyeing a vernis bag and I was honestly very happy with the results.


Before starting the dyeing process, it's crucial to understand the material of your Vernis Louis Vuitton handbag. Vernis leather, known for its glossy and patent finish, requires careful consideration when dyeing. Unlike traditional leather, Vernis leather does not absorb dye in the same way. Therefore, the dyeing process might be more challenging, and the result may vary depending on the original color and finish of the bag. Prepping the bag is the most important step, to getting the perfect outcome.

Selecting the appropriate dye is essential to getting your desired result. Opt for a dye specifically designed for patent leather and always remember to choose a dye color that is darker than the original bag color.

Before dyeing the entire handbag, conduct a patch test on a small, inconspicuous area of the bag. This will allow you to assess how the dye interacts with the leather and whether the color is to your liking. Keep in mind that Vernis leather may react differently to the dye, so this step is crucial to avoid any irreversible damage. If you don't want to do a test patch, no worries, I didn't. Just remember that this process is not reversible, so always use a bag that you do not have an emotional attachment to.

Thoroughly clean the handbag to remove any dirt, oils, or residues that could interfere with the dyeing process. I like to use baby wipes. They are safe for babies, so they are safe for your luxury goods. some of my must have products are below, click the photos to get product information. Also, in my YT video I used acetone nail polish remover, but I found this deglazer option after. Either will work.


Amazon Baby WipesLeather deglazer and prepperAngelus leather dye - Jet BlackPaintbrush setAngelus acrylic finisher
Carefully follow the instructions provided with the dye product. Use a soft brush or sponge to apply the dye evenly to the handbag's surface. Take your time and work in small sections to ensure an even and smooth application. I personally ended up liking the paint brushes over the sponge. I felt like the application was more even.
After applying the dye, allow the handbag to dry completely. Be patient, as the drying process may take longer for Vernis leather compared to traditional leather. Avoid touching the dyed surface until it is fully dry to prevent smudging or smearing.
Once the handbag is dry, apply a protective coating or sealant designed for patent leather, I like the Angelus acrylic finisher, to enhance the durability of the dye and preserve the handbag's new color. Occasionally, you may need to apply an additional coat of dye to ensure its even and the color is dark enough.


By carefully choosing the right dye, conducting patch tests, and applying the dye with precision, you can achieve a stunning transformation while preserving the handbag's original charm. Remember to follow the care instructions of the dye and, if uncertain, seek professional assistance to ensure a successful and visually appealing result. With creativity and attention to detail, you can proudly carry a restored handbag. Click here to see my entire Amazon shopping list for handbag care. This is where i list all products that I use in my videos.



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