My first Antiquing Project: Transform Tan Chukkas w/Pics

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  1. Steven Aver

    Steven Aver Senior member

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    So after reading Ron's thread I decided to dive into my own little antiquing project.

    I started with a pair of Loake 1880 Kempton Chukkas on the 26 last. Got them as seconds from Herring shoes for $80. Small investment, so I was not worried about ruining the shoes.

    I purchased them in Chestnut Calf, and was not fond of the color.

    Here is what the looked like originally:

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    Step 1: Remove polish and color using Angelus Deglazer. Here is what they looked like after deglazing:

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    Step 2: Using Kelly's "Cobler" dye (Medium Brown) I started with the toe since I wanted them to be darker. The key for me was appyling the dye and then immediately afterwards rubbing with a clean cloth to remove excess.

    Thin coats are important. I then gave both shoes a thin coat of dye, and continued to rub inot the leather removing excess. The dye dries extremely fast.

    After a few light coats on the entire shoe, I used the applicator as a "sponge" and literally applied a coat by "dabbing" spots onto the leather to create variation within the color. Once again make sure to rub immediately after applying.

    Lastly, I applied another even coat of dye in order to get the shoes to the darkness desired.

    Step 3: Condition leather with lexol

    Step 4: Polished using Alden Dark burgandy boot cream. (I swear by Alden creams)

    Step 5: Apply Alden color # 8 wax paste.

    Step 6: after buffing and polishing, finished off with an old silk tie.

    The leather is now more supple and softer then it ever was. I highly recommend deglazer as it did not dry out the leather.

    I also dyed the heels to match.



    AFTER PICS:

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    Comments? Opinions? Keep in mind this was my first attempt so imperfections were expected. Hopefully my technique will improve on the next pair. Unfortunately I was limited to one color dye.

    Big thanks to Rider and this thread for the tips.
     
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    Impressive. Kudos [​IMG]

    Would you mind posting links to the products you used (if they're available online)?
     
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    Impressive. Kudos [​IMG]

    Would you mind posting links to the products you used (if they're available online)?


    +1. Impressive work here.
     
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    Chips Senior member

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    Very sharp!
     
  6. Steven Aver

    Steven Aver Senior member

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    Wow - great work!
     
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    Smahatma Senior member

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    Lookin' sharp. You've done some good work. Truth be told, though, I didn't think the original color looked all that bad. All in all I think you improved the shoes, but at the same time, I wouldn't have kicked the originals out of bed for eating crackers.
    They looked pretty band-aid-tastic in the before pictures
     
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    That's a very good job and a huge improvement. Congratulations! I don't think I could pull that off. I'm sure I would screw it up.
     
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    Thank you very much for the excellent post. I think the shoes came out looking very rich. Congratulations.
     
  12. Steven Aver

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    They look great. Who are you local cobblers??

    The Kelly's dye was purchased on 39th and 8th ave in NYC. I pass this cobbler on my way to work every morning. Unfortunately they did not have the deglazer, which I purchased locally in NJ at Park ave shoe repair. Both locations are nothing special just your average shoe repair. The place on 39th and 8th surprising has some unique offerings in cream and wax polish in regards to colors as well as dyes. Looks like old stock to me.

    Off topic but I was told Nelson's on Madison has closed down! Very heartbreaking as they do decent resole jobs. Their website is still up though.....
     
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    They look great. Who are you local cobblers??

    BTW you had mentioned a supplier you have in your area. Do they stock a nice assortment of dyes? I would be willing to compensate you! [​IMG]
     
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    sweet. how long did it take you ?
     

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