- Jan 16, 2018
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Have you tried white vinegar? I've heard it's good at un-gunking suede, pour on a dab and brush vigorously..Okay, I know they aren't dress shoes but you guys have a lot of knowledge on restoration. And they are vintage, American, Dexter and incredibly made.
So pretend they're Dexter suede wingtips. Lol!
I spent an hour hammering them. Wire brush, sand paper, steel wool. The suede wants to come out, but I definitely need chemical assistance. You can see the inside lining where there's some orange crap (or turned orange) that was applied.
What do I use? Saddle soap? For whatever reason, I want to save these shoes. There's barely any wear on the vibram soles (which are both Goodyear welted and nailed).
Maybe acetone? No guts, no glory.
Pics make my efforts look like a mess. it's actually progress. There's just some areas of suede that will not "fluff up". Hence why I'd like a recco on what magic elixer to try because elbow grease ain't working on its own.
I'll never get this pair to equal the $250 clean examples online, but I'd like them to be presentable.
These are officially being entered into the next challenge. Let's party!
The prize will be pics of me wearing them hiking vernal falls in Yosemite!
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