Originally Posted by Gilmour
I am working my way through this thread, but do not remember any posts related to this question I am about to ask so far in this thread.
I intend to buy a second hand pair Cordovan loafers C&J Harvard they are Dark Brown my plan is to try and change the color as much as I can to Oxblood or at least leaning towards introducing more red into the look of the shoe.
I am thinking that I need the Cordovan (71) and maybe the Neutral also, should I be thinking of getting the Reno`mat also.
Or have I lost the plot
there is 3 ways to do something like that!!
1) use renomat to remove all the existing polish on the shoes!!(dont over presure while doing it) ! after that start building layers of Cordovan(71) that ll change the color a little and give something like anticted finish!!as the time passes the color ll be more and more redish! i would try that prosedure cause if you dont like themafter it ,it is reversable!
2) use aceton or other collor stripper to remove old polish and color of the leather! then take an oxblood collor die and aplay to shoes!(i am not sure that this ll work good in cordovan) ! maybe aceton or collor stripper ll damage cordovans leather smooth finish
3) use renomat to remove old polish and some of the finish!! aplay with cotton ball drawing windsore and newton redink! it ll give the oxblood effect!! it is a tecknick used from some profetional to antic shoes but i thin its quite dificult if you havent done it before and u are not a painter!it is not reversable cause of alchol and shelac ink penetrates the leather
in all cases after u have to conditione shoes!for me the first one is what u seek!
hope i helped