• I'm happy to introduce the Styleforum Happy Hour, our brand new podcast featuring lively discussion about menswear and the fashion industry. In the inaugural edition, a discussion of what's going on in retail today. Please check it out on the Journal. All episodes will be also be available soon on your favorite podcast platform.

  • Styleforum Gives - Holiday Charity Auction 8: Cuir de Russie card case from Equus Leather

    We are very proud to present this year's edition of the Styleforum Holiday Charity Auctions, this year in support of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Spokane (www.rmhcspokane.org). Each Auction lasts 24 hours. Please follow and bid on all the auctions.

    The 8th auction is for a Cuir de Russie card case from Equus Leather. Please bid often and generously here

    Fok and the Styleforum Team.

  • STYLE. COMMUNITY. GREAT CLOTHING.

    Bored of counting likes on social networks? At Styleforum, you’ll find rousing discussions that go beyond strings of emojis.

    Click Here to join Styleforum's thousands of style enthusiasts today!

Acetone didn't do the trick - Plan B?

triathlete

Senior Member
Joined
Nov 11, 2007
Messages
201
Reaction score
3
I tried to take the finish off a EBayed pair of McAfee's with acetone, and the polish just isn't budging. After a half hour of elbow grease, plus the smell of the stuff burning out the part of my brain responsible for remembering the names of state capitals, language and reasoning, I gave up.

I was able to rub down to a few small spots of unfinished leather, but this took a lot of work. Way more work than i'm prepared to do to complete the whole shoe.

Is this a superpolish I'm up against? Any other alternatives I should try to remove the finish? I was actually thinking of escalating the battle to sandpaper next. no joke.
 

aldica

Well-Known Member
Joined
Oct 4, 2008
Messages
78
Reaction score
1
You have more guts than I do. I would never had tried the do-it-yourself approach. Consider taking the shoes to a GOOD cobbler and ask them to refinish the shoes.
 

Golf_Nerd

Distinguished Member
Joined
Jul 30, 2007
Messages
1,200
Reaction score
1
Originally Posted by triathlete
I tried to take the finish off a EBayed pair of McAfee's with acetone, and the polish just isn't budging. After a half hour of elbow grease, plus the smell of the stuff burning out the part of my brain responsible for remembering the names of state capitals, language and reasoning, I gave up.

I was able to rub down to a few small spots of unfinished leather, but this took a lot of work. Way more work than i'm prepared to do to complete the whole shoe.

Is this a superpolish I'm up against? Any other alternatives I should try to remove the finish? I was actually thinking of escalating the battle to sandpaper next. no joke.


I like the idea and tried the same with an old pair of sanders. They were black. With acetone nothing happened. Then I sanded them with no result. After all I was amazed, because of everybody is scared about his shoes and I sanded them without a result.


To get a real cool finish it is best to get bright shoes (the term is 'band-aid'?!) and to darken them.

What is your target? And wich color has the leather?
 

triathlete

Senior Member
Joined
Nov 11, 2007
Messages
201
Reaction score
3
They're a light brown, but it's more like a 'painted on' finish than a regular polish - see the pics. In the few spots i've been able to remove the finish entirely, it's basically the clear leather underneath.
 

JasonC8301

Active Member
Joined
Nov 7, 2008
Messages
35
Reaction score
0
wipe the shoe down with 99% alcohol, spread shaving cream on it and leave it on overnight, then wipe it down with more 99% alcohol.

If that doesn't work, +1 on aldica's comment about the cobbler shop.
 

Golf_Nerd

Distinguished Member
Joined
Jul 30, 2007
Messages
1,200
Reaction score
1
Originally Posted by triathlete
They're a light brown, but it's more like a 'painted on' finish than a regular polish - see the pics. In the few spots i've been able to remove the finish entirely, it's basically the clear leather underneath.


What finish/ effect do you like to achieve?

Did you think about 'Renovateur' to remove the finish (Acetone is more to undye)?
 

bigshoe

Member
Joined
Sep 10, 2008
Messages
8
Reaction score
0
Your shoe repair shop should have a product called " Sellari's machine cleaner and wax remover" if the finish is a wax this will remove it quickly. If not it is a polyurethane product usualy sprayed on at the tannery, removing it may ruin the shoes.
Tom
 

koolhistorian

Senior Member
Joined
Mar 14, 2008
Messages
415
Reaction score
9
It looks like book-binder - a sort of corrected grain with a plasticky feel, you cannot remove that with acetone.
 

Thurston

Distinguished Member
Joined
Jul 4, 2006
Messages
1,177
Reaction score
1
If you do manage to get it off, no new polish will ever take anyway. What you see now is all you can have with those shoes.
 

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by

Featured Sponsor

How many pairs of shoes do you own?

  • 1 - 4

    Votes: 30 3.6%
  • 5 - 10

    Votes: 143 17.3%
  • 11 - 20

    Votes: 272 32.9%
  • 21 - 30

    Votes: 130 15.7%
  • 31 - 40

    Votes: 71 8.6%
  • 41 - 50

    Votes: 49 5.9%
  • 51 - 60

    Votes: 25 3.0%
  • 61 - 70

    Votes: 22 2.7%
  • 71 - 80

    Votes: 17 2.1%
  • 81 - 90

    Votes: 7 0.8%
  • 91 - 100

    Votes: 9 1.1%
  • 100+

    Votes: 53 6.4%

Related Threads

Forum statistics

Threads
429,123
Messages
9,229,472
Members
193,737
Latest member
Sebastian R
Top