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Help with shoe dying!!

deathrow1986

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Hi All!

I was hoping someone could help me out here.
Short history.. I have dyed several pairs of shoes in the pas all actually with succes.
From normal spectator style to antique wholecuts. No i didided to dye a pair of my NEW golfshoes.
Oldscool black and white wingtips where i wanted to make the white into a darker oak colour.
Now left shoe went perfect... the right shoe ...not so much. There are weird ( for me) stains on there where the leather seems to smooth. The dye doesnt colour the shoe and i tried it on more than once and every time i removed all the paint and everything .i cant seem to get the paint to get in the leather there.

I hope someone can help me since i just seem to have ruined a new 250 euro pair of shoes.
Any tips are very very welcome!!

Kind regards,
Kevin




 

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common... for f*cking those up i deserve a bit more than ha
 

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Originally Posted by deathrow1986
Hi All!

I was hoping someone could help me out here.
Short history.. I have dyed several pairs of shoes in the pas all actually with succes.
From normal spectator style to antique wholecuts. No i didided to dye a pair of my NEW golfshoes.
Oldscool black and white wingtips where i wanted to make the white into a darker oak colour.
Now left shoe went perfect... the right shoe ...not so much. There are weird ( for me) stains on there where the leather seems to smooth. The dye doesnt colour the shoe and i tried it on more than once and every time i removed all the paint and everything .i cant seem to get the paint to get in the leather there.

I hope someone can help me since i just seem to have ruined a new 250 euro pair of shoes.
Any tips are very very welcome!!

Kind regards,
Kevin


Well, they were most likely not properly prepared before dying. What was your routine? You could probably reverse most of the noticeability of it if you deglaze them and start from scratch.
 

deathrow1986

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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH
Well, they were most likely not properly prepared before dying. What was your routine? You could probably reverse most of the noticeability of it if you deglaze them and start from scratch.

Well i used a little bit of nailpolish remover to get the polish off. after that i used a leather cleaner to get some of the paint out and further clean the leather. I didnt realy think it would be the preperation since the other shoe and my previous pairs went perfect.
 

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I am not an expert at all in this area, however I have also dyed many pairs of shoes, so will offer my thoughts. Should you proceed from my words, do so at your own risk.
I suspect that the leather used in these shoes was some form of reject leather to begin with,
and wouldn't be the manufacturer's fault. That reject leather is still useful leather and can be used for certain products, especially those with thick paint jobs to cover blemishes that would otherwise never be noticed.
2 possibilities that come to my mind are:
1- You started applying dye with one method, perhaps lingering too long in the dark area,
allowing the dye to permeate deeper, then switched application techniques to a faster stroke where the rest of the leather soaked in less dye.

2- The leather, as previously stated, was already blemished in some way and was covered up with the white dyes & paints originally used.

Possible solution:
You could take a thin paintbrush. Wet the brush. Dip into more brown dye, and paint curvy stripes along the rest of the new lighter brown area, thusly creating a tiger stripe effect.
Then the effect would look deliberate and possibly give you something unique.
Otherwise, I fear this may be a lost cause.
I hope one of the leather experts rings in to help and wish you success with the project.
 

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