Redoing the sole edge / heal dressing, w/ PICs

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  1. Roger Everett

    Roger Everett Senior member

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    Picked up a pair of AE for BB 5th Ave.'s this past weekend, that I ordered from store during the 30% off earlier this month. Found the sole edge was a little rough to touch ( like sand paper ), but all of them were. I always wax this area along with the shoe for a nice gloss finish, and like it to be smooth to get a good finish. So I figured WTF, at 30% + a $25 coupon, I can fix it, by sanding smooth and reapplying dressing.
    Stopped by an AE store on way home and picked up a bottle of dressing, checking that it is same as used in factory, plus looked at their black 5th's, same slight roughness. Before sanding smooth, I wanted to rub over w/ solvent to slightly thin thickness of dressing, as not to clog sand paper too much. First tried Naphtha ( stronger paint thinner ), no good. Then reading bottle { water soluble, { like Acrylic Latex house paint } bingo , Lacquer thinner. Worked like a charm. Water soluble would also account for lifting of fibers in leather and roughness.

    1st pic --- Sanded over worst areas w/ 150 grit, then whole thing w/ 220 -- Masking tape is just to protect shoe while sanding, as had to kiss top of edge.
    2nd pic -- First applied a couple light coats of black NGR Dye that I had on hand ( from ebonizing wood years ago ), to give some depth and penetration of color.
    3rd pic. -- Applied 2 light coats of dressing, rubbing over lightly between coats w/ a gray Scotchbrite pad. When cured, first coat of wax on entire shoe. " note" -- used a small pc. of painters rag ( like T shirt material ), folded to a 1" x 2" pc. to applly, as I thought applicator on bottle was BS, so I removed it, poured a little bit in small vessel and used cloth to apply.
    4th pic. -- Second coat of wax on entire shoe / sole edge / heal. Done
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  2. Quadcammer

    Quadcammer Senior member

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    kinda liked it better before. Now it looks a bit like plastic
     


  3. js4design

    js4design Senior member

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    Looks good. I've got a pair of beater shoes I may try this on.
     


  4. pebblegrain

    pebblegrain Senior member

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    seems pointless on a black shoe
     


  5. Blamm

    Blamm Well-Known Member

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    If you like the shoe, but were bothered by the sole edge - well done. We all obsess over things - sleeve length, collar roll, dimple in tie, etc - why not shoe edge. Thoughtful process - well executed - very nice results
     


  6. MyOtherLife

    MyOtherLife Senior member

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    Very good job and thank you for sharing the photos.
     


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    Has anyone tried changing their shoes to a natural edge trim?
     


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  9. Wes Bourne

    Wes Bourne Senior member

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    Has anyone tried changing their shoes to a natural edge trim?

    Not natural, but black changed to clear brown.
     


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