india ink is dirty water not worth your time rack some leather dye [/b][/quote] India ink is OK but DOES NOT stain. If you get black speedball india ink it is fully weather proof, but not buff proof. I use india ink to cut my woodstain, because the india ink is really opaque and won't fade, and the woodstain does all the staining.. I don't get why people say india ink is dirty water, It's really opaque.. Just doesn't stain what so ever. India ink alone is better than thinned latex. acrylic paint is not permanent, it's a water based paint, so basicly your using something thats only good to cut ink with, with something thats even worse..