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post #16 of 23
nerdykarim,
They look just like Kiton. Seriously. Nice job,
Z
post #17 of 23
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Originally Posted by j
Interesting. I tried some dilute bleach on a pair of AEs I've been messing with for a while, just wiping it on there gently and letting it sit. It did basically nothing. I didn't want to try straight bleach as it would have eaten through the cotton rag I was using. I also didn't think to scrub with it.

On those, I got impatient and decided to take fine sandpaper to the parts I was bleaching, to see what I got down to underneath, and whether that would take bleach (it didn't do anything different than the upper layer). It did lighten them up, but once I put tan polish on they went right back to their regular color. I have no idea what I'm doing with those at this point, really just messing around. They were $3.

Hello J,

Yes you need to scrub / rub them hard to remove the colour. It took me approx half an hour per shoe to match them to each other.

Fine sandpaper will work, but it will take longer to reach a shine, gloss finish without fine scratches. I have done this before with a pair of EG's and have had great antique results.
post #18 of 23
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by zjpj83
nerdykarim,
They look just like Kiton. Seriously. Nice job,
Z

Wow, thanks.
post #19 of 23
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Originally Posted by M-V-London
Hello J,

Yes you need to scrub / rub them hard to remove the colour. It took me approx half an hour per shoe to match them to each other.

Fine sandpaper will work, but it will take longer to reach a shine, gloss finish without fine scratches. I have done this before with a pair of EG's and have had great antique results.
You used sandpaper on a pair of EGs? You are definitely at home here.

Any pics of those?
post #20 of 23
J,

I have no photo's of the original or sanded shoes, but here is the finished result. It is not clear to see what I have done, but I reached a darker shade on the toe-cap. Attachment 350
LL
post #21 of 23
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Originally Posted by nerdykarim
Wow, thanks.
It's a very similar finish to my eye




post #22 of 23
Excellent job! You and norcaltransplant have inspired me to try my hand at it. In fact, I almost tried selling my pair because I don't really like the original color of the shoes (too yellowish and tan). As I'm a total novice at this and I haven't any supplies. Any chance you could list all everything you used? My vacation just began and I'm hoping to take a shot at it.

Thanks!
post #23 of 23
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Originally Posted by arced
Excellent job! You and norcaltransplant have inspired me to try my hand at it. In fact, I almost tried selling my pair because I don't really like the original color of the shoes (too yellowish and tan). As I'm a total novice at this and I haven't any supplies. Any chance you could list all everything you used? My vacation just began and I'm hoping to take a shot at it.

Thanks!

Sure, I just used Saphir Pate de Luxe in Dark Brown (from Paul in France) and Saphir Creme Surfine in Dark Brown and Burgundy (from Francos). Diorshoe's results were very similar and he just used Kiwi products (cream and wax).
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