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post #16 of 26
Do you do the same thing to remove cream polish as wax? I feel that my cream polish has slightly darkened a couple pairs of my shoes and I would like to get them back to the original color.
post #17 of 26
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Originally Posted by montmorency
Do you do the same thing to remove cream polish as wax? I feel that my cream polish has slightly darkened a couple pairs of my shoes and I would like to get them back to the original color.
Since most creams are water-soluble, you might get by with just a water-soaked cloth. You could try that first. If it didn't work, you could get out the alcohol--rubbing form or vodka.

Edit: Additional thought: You know, if vodka really works in removing polish, this would suggest that you could cut the rubbing alcohol somewhat with water and get the same effect, at the same time as reducing the chances of any undesirable side effects.
post #18 of 26
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Originally Posted by Roger
Since most creams are water-soluble, you might get by with just a water-soaked cloth. You could try that first. If it didn't work, you could get out the alcohol--rubbing form or vodka.

Edit: Additional thought: You know, if vodka really works in removing polish, this would suggest that you could cut the rubbing alcohol somewhat with water and get the same effect, at the same time as reducing the chances of any undesirable side effects.
If alcohol worked well to remove polish (I'm not sure it does), you wouldn't want more water in there. Water on leather that is unprotected by polish is a bad thing. It would be better to use stronger alcohol and less of it.
post #19 of 26
Thread Starter 
I employed the lighter polish (wax) method described by the experts above, and it worked flawlessly. I applied a good amount of the lighter wax to the affected areas, and rubbed the darker polish off with an old cotton towel. I did not allow the lighter polish to dry at all.

It required a bit of elbow grease and some time, but worked shockingly well. The shoes are now back to their original condition, and I'm thrilled with the results.

Thanks to all for their input.
post #20 of 26

HELLO SIR..I TAKE RED CHEIF LAETHER SHOE..LIGHT BROWN ..BUT POLISHED DARK TAN.....SO LOOKING UGLY PLZ SUGGET ME ..HOW I REMOVE IT

post #21 of 26

Same question, please posting that method to youtube

post #22 of 26
DO NOT USE ACETONE OR LAQUER THINNER. It will very likely remove or dull the dye on the shoe, and leave the leather somewhat dried out.

All shoe polish is either petroleum or oil ( generally mink oil ) based. Although when you apply a new coat it melts in to the old coat, it won't loosen it up enough to completely remove the darker color. To remove the polish/ wax, wipe down with paint thinner ( mineral sprits ), it will remove the wax/ polish, without damaging the shoe or leather. If you have a shoe with broging or similar , you can lightly scrub with a new wax applying brush or a soft tooth brush ( wetted with the paint thinner )-- dabbing or wiping off with rag as you go. When you get it where you want it, let it dry ( won't take long ), apply conditioner and fresh polish/wax. I would give it 2 coats, buffing between.

Now if you have a build up of heel & sole paint ( it is like a water based paint, atleast the AE I use is ). It can be removed or cut down with lacquer thinner, being carefull not to get on upper. Then redo.

I have done all of the above with no problem.

Roger
post #23 of 26

Hi,

 

I used the wrong polish on brown shoes which became streaky and with blemishes. Used the many chemicals suggested, but with no luck. In desperation, I tried WHITE SPIRITS - it did the trick!

 

Peter M

post #24 of 26
pk977 your avatar kills
post #25 of 26

I'm no expert, but isn't Saphir Renomat the go-to product for stripping? It has always done the job for me and never damaged the leather. Am I missing something?

post #26 of 26
Try a little rubbing alcohol on toilet paper. Test a tiny section fo the shoe with a Q-tip dipped in alcohol to make sure it is removing polish and not the base leather dye. If this works use fresh paper and alcohol for every swipe and do not overwork one area.
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