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Can you "paint' a pair of black leather shoes to other color by using wax polish or cream polish?

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 

Saw something interesting about shoe antiquing with polish.

 

I really wonder if one can change black leather shoes into other color (such as brown) just with polish?

 

Thanks gentlemen!

 

:fonz:

post #2 of 8
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Originally Posted by Bertrand View Post
 

Saw something interesting about shoe antiquing with polish.

 

I really wonder if one can change black leather shoes into other color (such as brown) just with polish?

 

Thanks gentlemen!

 

:fonz:

Moving this to the Menswear Advice forum, but I would say no, not with just polish, but very doable in conjunction with something that will strip the original color, like a diluted acetone solution and then a refinisher.  

post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 

Have anyone tried?

post #4 of 8
I would think not seeing that you are going from a dark color to a light. However, a cobbler would be the best person to ask.
post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 
I saw something paint their ae into other color..
post #6 of 8
If I were to consider such an endeavor I would consult a professional cobbler. Because if you get it wrong you would be looking to replace a good pair of shoes. To me it would not be worth it just for the sake of saying I did it. Rather, I would look to buy a pair of shoes the color I need/want in the color. Black is a dominant color and from my days of painting I recall having to prime most surfaces a few times so to not have the black bleed through the lighter color. Again, I would seek out a cobbler to best answer your question.
post #7 of 8
It would really depend on how your shoes became black. If they were a hand stained crust leather, you could strip the black and recolor them to almost anything. It's not easy, but possible. However, there are very few blacks that started as a neutral crust, typically this technique is reserved for burnished or antiqued colors.

It's far more likely that you have a tanned black leather, which is more even, and much deeper in color penetration. Aside from chemically bleaching the leather, they are basically going to be black. If you did strip them, it would really dry out the leather. I'd say everyone should embrace having a great black or two, and save your time and energy for finding a new brown shoe you'll love.
post #8 of 8

Best to purchase shoes in the color you want. Believe me you will not get the result you want. Leather dyeing is a specialty in itself done in factories with industrial dye at controlled temperatures. You cannot replicate that.

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