Within this guide we focus on how to recolour your shoes wit Saphir Teinture Francaise. The next steps will make clear all you need to know about how to get ready for colouring, the recolouring itself and how to finish your shoes following the dye has been applied.
1. We first need to strip the shoe dye from the maximum amount of shoe polish as you can. A product which does this correctly is Saphir Renomat. Apply the Renomat with the included applicator cloth and rub it in to the shoes. You will observe that shoe polish from the shoes will finish up on the cloth. Apply and rub the whole shoe for about 2 times, normally, this will be sufficient. In case you have used darker colours or synthetic shoe polish you may want something more powerful such as white spirit or nail polish remover.
2. Begin by getting your brushes and/or cotton cloth ready. You have to choose for yourself which brushes you will need. When you have a pair of shoes with a lot of small information on them we recommend getting a smaller brush for the details and a greater brush for an even distribution of the dye on the bigger areas.
3. Apply the Teinture Francaise in smaller amounts to check how well the dye is absorbed by the leather. Out of this point, you can tell if adding just a little or a lot is likely to be sufficient. Probably you will have to make use of a couple of layers to secure a rich and deep colour. Typically, you must do two applications. After applying a layer of dye be sure to allow shoes dry for at least one hour.
4. Seal the colour of your shoes by using Saphir Pommadier cream polish. This way the colour you merely applied gets enhanced and gets a rich feel to it. Finish it off with a layer of Saphir Pate de Luxe to provide your shoes a good shine.
Please note that the guide above is totally based on our very own findings whilst experimenting with different kinds of shoes. Results can vary depending on kind of leather and shoes.