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Pumice stone for fading denim?

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I have a pair of dry selvage jeans that I want to accelerate the wear-in process (I know it's blasphemy to some folks, but honestly, given the fact that I have a bunch of other jeans I really like, I really don't think I can wear the same pair of jeans for 6 months straight). I've read that people suggest either using a really, really fine grit sand paper or a pumice stone and rubbing it on the denim. I have a pumice stone at home and it feels really coarse... I'd think it actually feels a lot coarser than fine sandpaper. Is it "safe" to use any pumice stone for fading, or are there less coarse pumice stones out there? Also, what's the best way to get a "natural" looking fade? I assume light pressure evenly applied on the front of the thigh areas, as well as lightly brushing against the tops of any crinkles? At what point do you stop rubbing?
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Try out the pumice on an offcut of denim (like leftovers from hemming) or somewhere out of sight like the front inside waistband or inside fly. Rather than going out and looking for finer pumice, I suggest instead to find a piece of fine grit sandpaper. The grey stuff (emery paper). Test as above. You want to just rub gently on the ridges of naturally worn creases. So wear your jeans at least a few days to get the creases in there. Just rub enough to turn the very dark blue into slightly lighter shade of blue. A bit like the effect on this link: http://denim-gallery.heavy.jp/eternal_811.html Go easy. And take your time, you don't have to do it all in one sitting. If in doubt, do less, not more. If you can experiment first on some 'expendable' jeans, better. Good luck.
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