Originally Posted by Digmenow
I figured someone should just go ahead and do it. The man is encyclopedic when it comes to knowledge of reclaiming items that were thought to be beyond redemption, IMHO.
I have a never worn pair of Sperry Topsider CVO's and they have some minor yellowing in different areas of the outsole. I have included a picture with the color adjusted to highlight the discoloration. It's actually about the same color as a yellow highlighter while the shoes are 'brand new' white. Soap and water have no effect.
Any suggestions on how to remove the yellow before I try something stupid like bleach or vinegar or oxy-clean?
Sperry Topsiders CVO
Am I dreaming? Dig, noooooo....lulz.
I am but a shell of a man lower than the dust. Though I am honoured by your favourable perceptions of me I must concede.
There are many with far more knowledge than I..That said, I will try to suggest a few things:
First try a white eraser and see if that works
If that fails, try Varsol or odorless paint thinner on a terrycloth
if that fails you can try the ultimate weapon which would be Acetone, again on a terrycloth. Wear rubber gloves and work outdoors.
Nail Polish Remover is an alternative as it also acetone. do not use acetone if you have an open cut on your hand.
Wash amd moisturize your hands afer. Acetone is probably the most powerful thing in the arsenal.
It evaporates fast so work with deliberation but quickly. If the rubber becomes gummy after using the acetone, you can try rubbing some baby powder on the rubber.
Let us know how it works out.