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How costly an excercise is antiquing?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by benecios, May 22, 2006.

  1. sho'nuff

    sho'nuff Senior member

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    the thing about bleach, i dont know how manton or others did it, but bleach seems to get rid of the black , but then deteriorates the leather to the point i cannot reapply polish to it. it the bleach leaves a very nubucky feel to the once smooth leather.
    luckily for me i tried it only on a hidden portion of a black shoe i m not too fond of.
     
  2. bengal-stripe

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    Toiletduck Senior member

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    those look like berlutis to me!
     
  5. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I generally dislike antiquing as I find that it is rarely very well done if you are not spending 2k and up for a pair of shoes. I prefer EGs without as I am uninspired at bes by the antiquing that they do. Less expensive Italian brands always overdo it and look ridiculous. Anyway, here is what I would consider a great antiquing job, and it also happens to be a black shoe. I am thinking of ordering one just like it. [​IMG]
     
  6. A Harris

    A Harris Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Au contraire, strip them back with acetone, polish again with black polish, and you will have antique blue shoes! Make sure to use a black polish with a blue tint rather than a brown tint though.
     
  7. j

    j Senior member Admin

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    Au contraire, strip them back with acetone, polish again with black polish, and you will have antique blue shoes! Make sure to use a black polish with a blue tint rather than a brown tint though.
    Andrew, have you ever stripped black away and found anything underneath using acetone? The ones I've tried don't give way to anything but more and more black. If so, what kind of leather was it?
     
  8. toniok

    toniok Well-Known Member

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    @ianmatt: these shoes look amazing, who made them
     
  9. whoopee

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    I generally dislike antiquing as I find that it is rarely very well done if you are not spending 2k and up for a pair of shoes. I prefer EGs without as I am uninspired at bes by the antiquing that they do. Less expensive Italian brands always overdo it and look ridiculous. Anyway, here is what I would consider a great antiquing job, and it also happens to be a black shoe. I am thinking of ordering one just like it. [​IMG]
    I've had my eye on that pair (by Dimitri Gomez) for a while now, too. They are the most beautiful black shoes I've ever seen.
     
  10. A Harris

    A Harris Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Yep, the pair I did faded to a medium blue color with a purple tint. It must be a difference in the leather, I'm not sure exactly what the difference is though!
     
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    so if i wanted to antique in a simular style as to the lobb museum calf how would i go about doing that?
     
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    Here's the antiquing I dd on my Schuberts from a while back:

    [​IMG]
     
  13. DocHolliday

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    Those Schuberts look a lot better. How have they held up?
     
  14. odoreater

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    Those Schuberts look a lot better. How have they held up?

    I dunno, I've only worn them like twice. They don't fit that well and they smell kind of funnyl. They were basically a very expensive learning experience.
     
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    Sorry to hear they haven't worked out. Speaking of smelling funny, I was browsing ties at TJ Maxx the other day and was almost overcome by noxious fumes.
     
  16. A Harris

    A Harris Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    That blotched effect would be more difficult than regular antiquing. Stripping the shoes and then blotting on leather dye with a sponge might work.
     
  17. luk-cha

    luk-cha Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    That blotched effect would be more difficult than regular antiquing. Stripping the shoes and then blotting on leather dye with a sponge might work.

    what about blotching cream on wet lether?
     
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    The owner of the shop that distributes EGs in Madrid told me that saliva is one of it´s trade secrets. When he visited their factory, he spotted workers spitting on the shoes and rubbing. I don´t see how this additional (presumably mild) acid could be so effective.
     
  19. Lucky Strike

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    The owner of the shop that distributes EGs in Madrid told me that saliva is one of it´s trade secrets. When he visited their factory, he spotted workers spitting on the shoes and rubbing. I don´t see how this additional (presumably mild) acid could be so effective.
    Might be the enzymes in saliva. Here's an effort of my own, not exactly satisfied with it - they came out quite splotchy: [​IMG]
     
  20. well-kept

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    Might be the enzymes in saliva.

    Here's an effort of my own, not exactly satisfied with it - they came out quite splotchy:

    [​IMG]



    Are those old C&J?
     

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