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floralandskulls
« on: August 20, 2011 12:14:15 PM »

Hello! I need some help with removing a pattern on (100% leather upper) shoes
I recently purchased these http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/230662180805?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649 and really, i wanted them to be all black.
As you can see, there is a pattern on them, i was wondering how i could go about removing the pattern and then hopefully polish those bad boys up to looking like my dream shoes.
As the pattern originally on the shoes when they are manufactured, i'm assuming it might be quite tough to get off.
Can I use white spirit to remove it? Will this damage the leather?
Does anyone have any tips on what i can do?
Thanks in advance for any help  Smiley
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Antidigger
« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2011 01:30:01 PM »

Use black leather polish and repeat repeat repeat.
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Alexus1325
« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2011 08:30:16 PM »

The advice I got about refinishing an old pair of figure skates: Mr. Cobbler said use paint thinner (either acetone or turpentine) to remove the old paint from the leather. I must then buy a small can of new spray-on leather paint from such and such a store, then use a leather conditioner on a regular basis to maintain them.

Haven't done it yet.

What's white spirit? Ethanol? Might work, but acetone (nail polish remover) definitely will. Buuut, then you may need to re-paint the leather and/or polish like a mad-person. *Shrug* Hope you figure it out!
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