This is my first posting here and keen to get involved with shoe repair and care and get some feedback on my efforts. I have a lovely old pair of walking boots that have been maltreated (by yours truly I admit) for hard hill walking and decorating. Rather than throwing these out, I thought it would be a good project to renovate them. There are three serious problems with these boots;
1) There are really deep and broad scuffs which have taken off the layers of finish and it's back to the raw leather.
2) There's splashes of dried paint on them.
3) There are some cracks as a result of the leather drying in a couple of places and there are a few cuts.
I've done a bit research and reading (mainly here and on ShoeSnob) and have come to formulate the following procedure for bringing these boots back to life;
1) Use rubbing alchohol and/or acetone to get the paint off. May need to use a mild abrasive to rub the paint off, e.g. a green scratcher. (I have softer less abrasive versions of these (white, grey) which I use for woodwork finishing.)
2) Use Saphir Renomat to strip back the polish and make the boot even in colour.
3) Use a colourant dye to restore the colour.
4) Use a leather cream to soften the cracks and scratches.
5) Wax polish.
Have I missed anything? Is there something more I could do for the scuffs and scratches apart from leather cream?
Pictures to follow.
Scrubbing sponge is good. Or you could try sand paper or steel wool to remove the paints. Or use knife to scrap them off.
The deep cuts can be smoothed out with shoe goo and sand paper. Or those saphir gels if you feel like spending money. Use spoons to smooth the filler of your chose.