- May 25, 2015
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Rubbing alcohol or Renomat? Or would that just completely strip the colour...@kilowatts — I know you’ve done some leather bag restoration. I’m trying to clean up one of my wife’s purses and running into a thing. There are a few streaks on the natural leather surface that remain after a thorough saddle soap and Bick 4 treatment. I’m assuming she dropped lotion or sunscreen or similar. Any thoughts on removal? Pictures below.
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I think shoe polish should do it. Maybe light sanding as well.
Like with a 400 grit or finer, maybe a 600. I used 320 on the pair above but the scratches were a lot deeper.
Thanks for the insight. I learned how to polish and buff shoes today and I used that pair as my first job, the scuff is no longer visible. That started a kick of polishing some of my duller looking shoes as well as fixing minor scuffs on others. It's a lot easier than I thought it would be!Brown cream polish should do the trick.
Now you will be addicted. We've ruined you for marriage. Wed your shoes.Thanks for the insight. I learned how to polish and buff shoes today and I used that pair as my first job, the scuff is no longer visible. That started a kick of polishing some of my duller looking shoes as well as fixing minor scuffs on others. It's a lot easier than I thought it would be!
Thanks @kilowatts — was trying to see if I could do it without color, but I’ll give it a shot.Hi Trojan:
I hope you know that you’re interrupting valuable beach time. For you, I’ll respond.
It looks like you’re right, it’s a spill. Try a little darker cream polish applied with a qtip and rubbed well in to see if it will change the color. Also, finish with a couple of coats of dubbin or leather balm which will darken the whole thing a little, perhaps enough to cover the streaks.
Good luck buddy. Let me know.
I was at the airport in Maui with one of my Gladstone bags when several people in a row commented about how cool it looked. I felt a bit like a bag celebrity!
thanks @DapperAndy!!Streaks like that, that stay after you’ve cleaned the product off, come from an oil imbalance. Whatever was spilled acted as a solvent, and both slightly removed the finish and pulled oil from the grain. So, condition the grain first to restore the oils, then use some sort of light pigmented cream in very thin amounts. You will want it to dry fully, so you don’t get any pigment “rub off” on clothing afterwards. Then you’re good.