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Can I sand my leather shoes to remove scratches?

MyOtherLife

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Yeah, searched for a while, nothing specifically on sanding..and seriously, there are no cobblers where I live. Well, maybe a few camel skin sandal makers. I'm going to sand the bastards and post pics.

Man, don't do it. Sandpaper will ruin the leather surface and you'll only end up making things worse.
 

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These are black shoes - you will do just fine with filling the gashes and polishing over.

I'd try a lot of coats of wax myself.

But there are tons of 'leather fillers' out there, available on the internet. This sort of leather repair is done all the time.

Wouldn't sand them though - unless I wanted suede shoes!
 

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I've fixed this sort of damage. The one on the left there, where there's a little flap of leather lifted up, glue back down with Titebond 3. It's water soluble until it dries, so you can make sure with a slightly damp rag that there's no glue left on the surface. Then, as the above savants have opined, fill the scuffs with wax polish, using fairly heavy applications and buffing off, repeat repeat. The trick is in how you buff. After three or four tries (by the time you have the scuffs filled) you'll have the lick right; how to buff off the surface without pulling the wax out of the scuffs. Lightly and quickly, after letting the polish dry quite a while.

I've taken a fairly cut up pair of shoes and disappeared the scuffs so that you have to hold the shoe right up to yer schnozz to see the thing. Down at foot level, it's good.
 
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I've fixed this sort of damage. The one on the left there, where there's a little flap of leather lifted up, glue back down with Titebond 3. It's water soluble until it dries, so you can make sure with a slightly damp rag that there's no glue left on the surface. Then, as the above savants have opined, fill the scuffs with wax polish, using fairly heavy applications and buffing off, repeat repeat. The trick is in how you buff. After three or four tries (by the time you have the scuffs filled) you'll have the lick right; how to buff off the surface without pulling the wax out of the scuffs. Lightly and quickly, after letting the polish dry quite a while.
I've taken a fairly cut up pair of shoes and disappeared the scuffs so that you have to hold the shoe right up to yer schnozz to see the thing. Down at foot level, it's good.

Nah, just sand them and post pics. I'm only slightly trolling here.

You will not turn the leather to suede, but more of a nubuck. Once you apply wax polish, it will be inistinguishable from calf. I've done it...but never on a good shoe, and not in over a decade. Were I to purchase a pair of black, plain-toed beaters with significant toe damage (unlikely) I might be inclined to try it again. YOLO.
 

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Slapped on some renovateur, saphir creme followed by a damn good waxing...and I mean dayamm good; mo'fuckers look the bees knees.

:slayer:

Disclaimer: I've just got back from a right bender, so apologies for swearing like a fuckin fish wife.

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Slapped on some renovateur, saphir creme followed by a damn good waxing...and I mean dayamm good; mo'fuckers look the bees knees.
:slayer:
Disclaimer: I've just got back from a right bender, so apologies for swearing like a fuckin fish wife.
Mods, feel free to mod.

Pussy
 

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What? No photos?!
 

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Yes, I try it before.
use very fine sand paper.
then put on Saphir renovating cream. (not renovator!)

you may need three or more layer.
Then polish as usual.
Black shoe is easy to fix.
 

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Yes, I try it before.
use very fine sand paper.
then put on Saphir renovating cream. (not renovator!)

you may need three or more layer.
Then polish as usual.
Black shoe is easy to fix.

Will try this, but alas this is the end of the story until the saphir is delivered. I WILL post photos, we need closure.
 

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