Does Anyone Have Any Experience In Lightening Shoes

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by lutfa, Jul 24, 2006.

  1. lutfa

    lutfa Senior member

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    My question is. Does anyone have any experience in lightening shoes that are dark to lighter shade. I know sysdoc has done it with bleaching.But outside of that.Maybe a shade or two.
     


  2. well-kept

    well-kept Senior member

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    Have you tried putting them in the sun?
     


  3. lutfa

    lutfa Senior member

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    Funny you mention that .I just put them in the most lit up place in my house. Is there also another option . Something more definate. Thats eczactly what what I saw .When you go into a shoe department you see the shoe on display and when they bring it out it's supposed to be the same color but it's ususlly slightly darker. Thanks for the reminder.
     


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    Acetone works wonders. It won't harm the leather and lightens nicely, though it does take a bit of rubbing. I've done this with a pair of Allen Edmonds Sandfords that I lightened from their bourbon burnished (like a darker version of their chestnut) to something close to Edward Green's birch or antique maple.
     


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    Teach, do you use the acetone straight or dilute it for this?
     


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    Teach, do you use the acetone straight or dilute it for this?

    Not being a chemist, I'll give you the layman's answer: I don't know. I use unscented nail polish remover, which is probably diluted, but I'm not sure. Wish I could give a better answer.[​IMG]
     


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    Not being a chemist, I'll give you the layman's answer: I don't know. I use unscented nail polish remover, which is probably diluted, but I'm not sure. Wish I could give a better answer.[​IMG]
    I struggled through the summer school version of high school chemistry. That's exactly the level of detail I was looking for: straight nail polish remover, or nail polish removal with water? [​IMG]
     


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    I struggled through the summer school version of high school chemistry. That's exactly the level of detail I was looking for: straight nail polish remover, or nail polish removal with water? [​IMG]

    No water. Even at full strength, it took some work.
     


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    Along the same lines... sort of... does anyone know how I could refinish a pair of shoes myself without completely ruining them?
     


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