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Teinture Française Shoe Dye

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Saphir Teinture Française liquid shoe dye to recolour your shoes.

Did you ever buy a pair of shoes of which in the end the colour wasn't to taste? Are single toned coloured shoes a tad boring to you? All reasons why you wouldn't wear a pair of perfectly good shoes and let them go to waste. You can actually recolour your shoes to your liking using Saphir Teinture Française liquid shoe dye. Create your very own one of a kind pair of shoes by adding your own unique twist of colour(s).

The dye comes with a cotton wick for application. The dye is best applied using an artist brush for an even distribution of the dye. Teinture Française is an alcohol based shoe dye which soaks into the leather immediately. Note that the lightening base isn't actually a colour on it's own but a supplement that can be mixed with other colours to make them lighter.

Read our 'How to use' section below for a more in depth guide on how to patina / recolour your shoes.

How to use

In this guide we focus on how to recolour your shoes. The folowing few steps will explain everything you need to know on how to prepare for colouring, the recolouring itself and 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 on 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 shoes completely for about two times. Shoe polish will keep coming of but most of the times that should be sufficient. If you used a lot of 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 wick 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 dye 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 suffice. most likely you are going to have to do a few applications to obtain a very rich and deep colour. On avarage 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 using 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 Pate de luxe to give your shoes a nice shine.

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

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