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Old 07-12-2013, 02:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Shoe polish or leather dye to repair black leather jacket?

I just received a new jacket from Leatherup.com

http://www.leatherup.com/p/Mens-Moto...es/389484.html

Jacket looks and fits great, unfortunately it has been intentionally distressed at the edges to give it a fake vintage look. Makes no sense to me, as the rest of the jacket looks brand new. This "feature" was not mentioned in the online description, nor is it visible in the pictures.

Rather than deal with the hassle of return shipping and possibly getting something else I'm not happy with, I'd rather just fix this one.

The edges look like someone took a semi-fine grade sandpaper to them prior to stitching the jacket together. All I want to do is restore the black color in the least noticeable way possible.

I have very little experience with leather. Never even polished a pair of shoes! My two ideas are black shoe polish, or black leather dye.

Anyone have an opinion on which would be preferable, or a suggestion for something not even on my radar?
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Old 07-12-2013, 03:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Shoe polish might darken it some, but I think the majority of what it does will be temporary at best. Particularly if the aged look has been sealed to protect the lighter vintage look from darkening.

I think your better bet would be a leather dye, such as those sold by Tandy, or if you want to try an easier application, one of the kiwi ones such as this...

http://www.kiwishoeshine.com/Kiwi-Bl...loz_p_567.html

I have a pair of boots that I scuffed the toe on, and polish didn't help much there either. I took those to a shoe shop and had them dye the spot. Now other than a slight texture difference, it's hard to tell it was done.


Edit: None of the photos have an appearance of it being distressed either. I am assuming it is uniform on both sides of the jacket and not the result of damage or a manufacturing defect?

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Definitely uniform and intentional.

I'm not a fan at all of fake aging processes. I don't buy jeans with "fashion" holes in them. Fake patinas are just crappy looking paint jobs IMO. When things are allowed to age naturally they look way better than any attempt at recreating the look does.
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Agreed. I don't like it either. I think part of the problem is the uniformity used in trying to create a look that just shouldn't be that uniform. It should be unique and asymmetric. The fake processing just looks unnatural and as though it's trying way to hard.
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I've used both dye and shoe polish with ok results . I was trying to cover real patina.
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The thing that bothers me the most is that only the edges were done, leaving 98% of the jacket bright, shiny and new.

I bought the jacket during their 4th of July sale for $135 shipped. Even with the annoying "wear" on the edges, I still feel like I got a great deal.

Not comparable to a $500 jacket in build quality, like some reviews for jackets claim on Leatherup.com, but still a nice product for the price.

I could even live with the damn worn edges if it weren't for the long vertical edges on either side of the zipper. It looks like there is a thin white stripe running up the middle of the jacket. Everyone who has seen it says it looks awful and I couldn't agree more.
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Came back to post praise for Leatherup.com

Had a change of heart about repairing the jacket. Called them up, explained the problem and they offered to send me a prepaid shipping tag and cross-ship me a new jacket. Doesn't get much more hassle-free than that.

Pretty awesome customer service if you ask me. Just have to wait until Monday to find out if all jackets of this model in the warehouse are similarly distressed. I called them after they were closed, the woman who helped me could have easily just let it ring. She was very apologetic and disappointed. She said they'd update the website immediately to reflect the fake vintage appearance if they are all found to be similar.

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Revzilla is good like that as well. Their "no-hassle" returns are pretty much as described.
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Revzilla is good like that as well. Their "no-hassle" returns are pretty much as described.
Good to know. They gloves I got from them like 3 weeks ago seem to have been made with dissolving stitching.
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