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How To - Dyeing shoes

Polishing time: 2+ hours
Difficulty: Expert

Check the bottom of this page to see all the products we used in this guide!

In this guide we focus on how to recolour your shoes wit Saphir Teinture Francaise. The following steps will explain everything you need to know on how to prepare for colouring, the recolouring itself and how to finish your shoes after the dye has been applied.

1. We first need to strip the shoes from as much shoe polish as possible. A product which does this perfectly is Saphir Renomat. Apply the Renomat with the included applicator cloth and rub it into the shoes. You will notice that all shoe polish from the shoes will end up on the cloth. Apply and rub the whole shoe for about two times, normally, this should be sufficient. In case you have used darker colours or synthetic shoe polish you might need something stronger such as white spirit or nail polish remover.

2. Start by getting all your brushes and/or cotton cloth ready. You have to decide for yourself which brushes you need. If you have a pair of shoes with a lot of small details on them we recommend getting a smaller brush for the details and a bigger brush for an even distribution of the dye on the larger areas.

3. Apply the Teinture Francaise  in small amounts to test how well the dye is absorbed by the leather. From this point, you can tell whether or not adding a little or a lot is going to be sufficient. Most likely you are going to have to apply a couple of layers to obtain a rich and deep colour. On average, you need to do two applications. After applying a layer of dye be sure to let the shoes dry for at least an hour.

4. Seal the colour of your shoes by using Saphir Pommadier cream polish. This way the colour you just applied gets enhanced and gets a rich feel to it. Finish it off with a layer of Saphir Pate de Luxe to give your shoes a nice shine.

Please note that the guide above is completely based on our own findings whilst experimenting with different types of shoes. Results can vary depending on the type of leather and shoes. 

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