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post #16096 of 19072

My Alden Chromexcel shoes have developed some very unsightly nicks and scuffs. It's hard to believe but they're always kept in their bags and I brush them vigorously after every wear. What products would you recommend to restore them? I'd appreciate any other maintenance tips for chromexcel.

 

Thanks!

 

 

post #16097 of 19072
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Originally Posted by Reosymes View Post
 

My Alden Chromexcel shoes have developed some very unsightly nicks and scuffs. It's hard to believe but they're always kept in their bags and I brush them vigorously after every wear. What products would you recommend to restore them? I'd appreciate any other maintenance tips for chromexcel.

 

Thanks!

 

 

 

looks like your cat uses them as a scratching post

post #16098 of 19072
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looks like your cat uses them as a scratching post

You know what, that's not too far fetched. I have 3 cats. These shoes have been lying on the living room floor for a while (although inside bags) instead of inside the closet.

 

Fuck me.

post #16099 of 19072
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You know what, that's not too far fetched. I have 3 cats. These shoes have been lying on the living room floor for a while (although inside bags) instead of inside the closet.

Fuck me.

I once found my cat *attached* to one of my shoes. She was literally wrapped around the shoe with her whole body, holding on with her front paws while clawing away repeatedly with her back claws and chewing with her teeth. Shoes did not look dissimilar to yours afterwards.
post #16100 of 19072

Well, the question now is what can I do about it.

post #16101 of 19072
For Chromexel I use lexol NF (neets foot). Remove the excess, then use a horsehair brush. The scratches won't go away, but won't be as obvious.
post #16102 of 19072
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For Chromexel I use lexol NF (neets foot). Remove the excess, then use a horsehair brush. The scratches won't go away, but won't be as obvious.

Thanks, I'll try that. So, no colored polish that'll fill in the scratches?

post #16103 of 19072
nope. I don't like to put polish on pull up leathers like chromexcel. Nick horween suggests that you just use pure neetsfoot on chromexcel, but I don't like using the stuff. Lexol NF is much better. Anyhow, the Lexol NF will make the scratches appear much less obvious.
post #16104 of 19072
You could use light pigmented cream and buff with a horsehair brush. It won't hurt.
post #16105 of 19072
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You could use light pigmented cream and buff with a horsehair brush. It won't hurt.

Agree, just make sure it isn't darker than the leather b/c it could make the scratches look MORE obvious. The scratches might absorb more of the pigment than the non-scratched leather. Hard to predict. If you try this, maybe do it in an inconspicuous area.....
post #16106 of 19072

Thanks guys. I'll get on it.

post #16107 of 19072
Then I would lay a trap for the cats and slowly declaw the guilty one in front of the other two to both assert dominance and show them that your shoes should not be touched.
post #16108 of 19072

This company sells kits to repair the damage done by cat scratches on leather. I was going to buy one to tackle our (late) cats' work on my leather chair. In the end, I thought it was too much like hard work and I called my scratches 'patina'

 

It might be worth considering using it on smaller surface areas. 

 

http://www.furnitureclinic.co.uk/index.php

 

Yours, Munky

 

PS. Our cats died of natural causes.

post #16109 of 19072
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Originally Posted by Reosymes View Post
 

Thanks, I'll try that. So, no colored polish that'll fill in the scratches?

 

You could also try using the back side of a spoon or other hard/flat/smooth object to try and press the marks back down. I've had some success doing that on CXL for normal wear and tear scuffs and dings. 

post #16110 of 19072
There are many leather restoration companies that can mask scratches, but it usually involves sanding down the leather, reapplying pigments and applying a topcoat. It is invasive and I think overkill and downright not good for the integrity of the leather. You'll be fine with some cream polish and brushing.
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