Fiebing’s Bag-Kote is a water-based top coat that gives a soft, satin finish to leather goods, but can be buffed to a higher shine if desired. Bag-Kote is for natural or dyed vegetable tan leathers only. It is most effective on smooth leathers and should not be used on suede. This product is neutral in color and dries clear, preserving the leather’s existing tone or dye color. Use a sprayer, wool dauber, sheepskin scrap or damp sponge to apply to leather items.
Bag-Kote has an impressive history. As its name suggests, it was originally developed to treat the leather bags that U.S. postal carriers used to deliver mail. Bag-Kote was developed in the late 1800s to early 1900s, and it’s been a leather crafting staple ever since. In fact, the Bag-Kote we use today is made with the original formula that Fiebing’s developed over 100 years ago — and it’s just as high-grade and effective today as it was back then. Now that’s proof of quality!
- Water-based leather top coat that dries to a soft, satin finish.
- Neutral color dries clear to preserve the leather’s natural or dyed color.
- For smooth, natural or dyed veg tan leathers; not for use on suede.
1. Put on disposable gloves and cover your worktable with a mat or other sacrificial surface.
2. Using a sprayer, wool dauber, sheepskin scrap or damp sponge, apply a thin coat of Bag-Kote to the leather item. (For a lighter finish, use water to dilute the Bag-Kote up to 20%). Spread the finish evenly over the leather surface using gentle back-and-forth motions. Ensure that the Bag-Kote is applied to grooves and edges of tooled sections.
While applying Bag-Kote to the leather item, do not leave the container open. If water evaporates from the container, the remaining product may streak when used later.
Allow the leather item to dry fully. Drying times vary by environment.
Once the finish has dried fully, buff with a clean cloth or sheepskin piece to achieve a higher shine as desired.
Disclaimer: Bag-Kote will not work properly if frozen.