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Originally Posted by fritzl View Post

brown

dark brown

-LR
post #1922 of 10228

Just posting my recent experience with dyeing shoes for the first time. These are a pair of cheap Blake stitched shoes which claim to be made in Italy. The only branding on it is Daytona and Modit, so no idea there. However they were discounted from S$200 to S$40, so it was a worthwhile pickup for me.

Well the build was decent for the price, but it was obvious from the start that the dye job was pretty poor. Streaky brush marks and lots of lighter patches. But I didn't know it was going to be cheap enough that a routine stripping of wax with lighter fluid would cause it to come off.

So I figured, time to remove most of it:
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And on to my first go with dying leather. I initially wanted to use Fiebings dye, but couldn't get it locally and wasn't in the mood to wait for a shipment from ebay, so I got some Dylon leather dye instead. Dark brown. And after a few light coats:
3Tw32.jpg

This was applied thinly with the provided brush. By the time I was done with the 2nd shoe, I could go back to the 1st one and continue with the next coat. After giving the dye a full day to dry, I then gave the shoes a good brushing and surprisingly a nice glow resulted:
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Finished off with a treatment of Coxy cream followed by a spitshine with Saphir wax. Both mahogany.
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All in all, pretty satisfied, but now I feel I should have waited to get some more interesting dye colors as this dark brown is fairly pedestrian. Oh well, not too bad a result for my first try.

post #1923 of 10228
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Originally Posted by gyasih View Post

Apologies, best color polish.

Plain ol 'brown'

Or if you like to play with colors alternate between: Navy, Mahogany, and Brown, or even an occasional coat of black. You'll be shocked at how imprecise you need to be with polish color over a dark brown shoe.

Creams, because they have more pigments in them, can be a little less forgiving. But polishes add so little color you can almost use anything over dark brown.
post #1924 of 10228
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Originally Posted by nickwjd View Post

Just posting my recent experience with dyeing shoes for the first time. These are a pair of cheap Blake stitched shoes which claim to be made in Italy. The only branding on it is Daytona and Modit, so no idea there. However they were discounted from S$200 to S$40, so it was a worthwhile pickup for me.
Well the build was decent for the price, but it was obvious from the start that the dye job was pretty poor. Streaky brush marks and lots of lighter patches. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
But I didn't know it was going to be cheap enough that a routine stripping of wax with lighter fluid would cause it to come off.
So I figured, time to remove most of it:
3kYhD.jpgCTnUv.jpg
And on to my first go with dying leather. I initially wanted to use Fiebings dye, but couldn't get it locally and wasn't in the mood to wait for a shipment from ebay, so I got some Dylon leather dye instead. Dark brown. And after a few light coats:
3Tw32.jpg
This was applied thinly with the provided brush. By the time I was done with the 2nd shoe, I could go back to the 1st one and continue with the next coat. After giving the dye a full day to dry, I then gave the shoes a good brushing and surprisingly a nice glow resulted:
yUfnm.jpg
Finished off with a treatment of Coxy cream followed by a spitshine with Saphir wax. Both mahogany.
uVUyG.jpg
All in all, pretty satisfied, but now I feel I should have waited to get some more interesting dye colors as this dark brown is fairly pedestrian. Oh well, not too bad a result for my first try.


Have you got the 'before' pictures
post #1925 of 10228
The top 2 pictures in my post are before any dye application, it was right after I had finished cleaning them off with a mixture of lighter fluid and rubbing alcohol.
post #1926 of 10228
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Originally Posted by nickwjd View Post

Oh well, not too bad a result for my first try.

Not bad at all. Congratulations on your shoes.
post #1927 of 10228
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Originally Posted by nickwjd View Post

The top 2 pictures in my post are before any dye application, it was right after I had finished cleaning them off with a mixture of lighter fluid and rubbing alcohol.

I mean before you started cleaning them with alcohol, the original finish

Nice job to my eyes though am no expert at all
post #1928 of 10228
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Originally Posted by nickwjd View Post

The top 2 pictures in my post are before any dye application, it was right after I had finished cleaning them off with a mixture of lighter fluid and rubbing alcohol.

I mean before you started cleaning them with alcohol, the original finish

Nice job to my eyes though am no expert at all


Ah OK, sorry. I managed to find an older photo I had. Here you go:

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post #1929 of 10228
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Originally Posted by nickwjd View Post

The top 2 pictures in my post are before any dye application, it was right after I had finished cleaning them off with a mixture of lighter fluid and rubbing alcohol.

I mean before you started cleaning them with alcohol, the original finish

Nice job to my eyes though am no expert at all

Ah sorry, misunderstood you. I found an old photo, here you go:

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post #1930 of 10228
Can somebody tell me whether I can do something about these micro cracks and light spots on my Belgraves? Are they normal? The light makes the shoe looks lighter than it really is. It looks fine from far away, but up close you can see the cracks. I've used Renovateur and Saphir Wax on these shoes. Have not used cream. They've only been worn 1-2 a week for a few months and rested with lasted trees.

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post #1931 of 10228
I'm no master in this field, but IMO they look a little dry. I would recommend stripping the wax from the shoe, condition them and then only use cream on the uppers and wax on the toe and heel. It may also be that the wax is creating micro cracks that are causing this effect.

On another note; I received Saphir Renomat yesterday, and God damn, that shit works! But it reeked of solvents (?) and I'm thinking about the health of the leather; how does absorbing this effect it? Instead of just using Reno after the Renomat, I cleaned them with lexol cleaner, and then just took a cloth dripping with water to them to both dilute the absorbed cleaner in the leather and remove excess of the products. I then had them dry for about two-three hours before I saturated the leather with lexol conditioner. I've done this in the past to several pair of shoes, and they all look great afterwards. Am I an idiot?
Edited by cbfn - 4/20/12 at 4:58am
post #1932 of 10228
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Originally Posted by nickwjd View Post


Ah sorry, misunderstood you. I found an old photo, here you go:
qqdpTl.jpg

Definitely you brought life to them...
post #1933 of 10228
I have just tried to get rid of old cream buildup - not wax - on a pair of shoes. I used hot water and neutral shampoo, some paper towels and a dishwashing brush, and it seems to have worked fine. I don't think it will damage the shoes, and I have put trees in them and set them to dry. I would like to hear opinions or experiences though, and wonder if the same procedure can't just be used with wax buildup?
post #1934 of 10228
that's pretty harsh treatment for a pair of shoes. you've probably done no permanent harm. but not advisable overall. let them dry well before applying a conditioner. if they were really wet you might do well to stuff them with newspaper overnight before putting in the trees.

Next time go to the cobbler and get lexol cleaner (which is just a properly formulated detergent/water mix).
post #1935 of 10228
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Originally Posted by Liquidus View Post

Can somebody tell me whether I can do something about these micro cracks and light spots on my Belgraves? Are they normal? The light makes the shoe looks lighter than it really is. It looks fine from far away, but up close you can see the cracks. I've used Renovateur and Saphir Wax on these shoes. Have not used cream. They've only been worn 1-2 a week for a few months and rested with lasted trees.

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
IMG_20120417_160501.jpg
IMG_20120417_160443.jpg
IMG_20120417_163314.jpg

I'd apply renovatuer and buff, wait 24 hours and do again. If they don't look better after that post a pic for further evaluation.

They look either dry or overwaxed - hard to tell - but the reno will fix up either condition.

In the long run I think adding cream to your routine might help quite a bit to build up a deep and flexible finish.
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