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Old 02-25-19, 03:52 PM
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Scuffed Brooks Professional

Brooks Professional (B75 stamp so assuming 1975). Has scuff to rear. Scuff is not fresh and has been there for years.

Seeking advice on covering scuff. Was thinking of a bit (small bit!) of brown Kiwi shoe polish daubed over the scuff and allowed to dry and then apply proof hide. Any thoughts.

PS Would that 75 be correct for date?

PPS The small white dots are fluff from teh rag that I noticed after I photo'd



Not horrible but not nice


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Old 02-25-19, 03:59 PM
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I had made a scuff in the top of my Brooks team pro 3 decades ago , and I cannot see it by now..
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Old 02-25-19, 04:35 PM
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I had made a scuff in the top of my Brooks team pro 3 decades ago , and I cannot see it by now..
If you can't call it patina and ignore it--the best solution for any cosmetic bike issues, in my opinion--take it to a cobbler and have the scuffed area dyed to match the rest of the saddle. I did that with a Belt saddle and was happy with the cost and the result. I don't always take my own advice about patina.
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Old 02-25-19, 05:07 PM
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Saphir makes a rejuvenating cream that works well.

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I have done it using the shoe polish method. Super easy, but required a half dozen applications to get the color all the way dark. And I didn't so much 'daub' it on as rub it in vigorously with lots of force. This was on a couple of black saddles, not brown, which may be harder to match exactly.
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Old 02-25-19, 05:26 PM
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Originally Posted by WGB View Post
Brooks Professional (B75 stamp so assuming 1975). Has scuff to rear. Scuff is not fresh and has been there for years.

Seeking advice on covering scuff. Was thinking of a bit (small bit!) of brown Kiwi shoe polish daubed over the scuff and allowed to dry and then apply proof hide. Any thoughts.

PS Would that 75 be correct for date?

PPS The small white dots are fluff from teh rag that I noticed after I photo'd



Not horrible but not nice


Sorry for camera flash
works for me every time.
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Old 02-25-19, 05:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Lascauxcaveman View Post
I have done it using the shoe polish method.
how do the khakis fare afterwards?

You know I can kid youze, 'cause I wear black jorts.
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Old 02-25-19, 05:32 PM
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Thanks all!

I checked that website but at $11.40 at ube and three possible choices of brown, I'll start with Kiwi and see how that goes.

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Old 02-25-19, 05:35 PM
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Originally Posted by SurferRosa View Post
how do the khakis fare afterwards?

You know I can kid youze, 'cause I wear black jorts.
You kid, but that's a legit question. On one saddle, I definitely noticed some transfer after recoloring a scuff. I buy my khakis in bulk at the Goodwill up the street and treat them as more or less disposable, since I'm generally a big slob and ruin them fairly quickly anyway.

But one could switch to black pants until one's saddle is completely buffed out, too. That's how I did the second one. Wintertime riding, I'm generally in black wool slacks anyway.
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I'd just leave it.
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Old 02-25-19, 06:21 PM
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I once tried to change a black B17 to brown... I failed.
What I was left with was an ugly bluish-black saddle that was mostly sanded down beyond the top finish.
I was able to bring it all back by applying Eco-Flo leather dye and buffing out with natural shoe polish.
It now looks better than when I first started the experiment.
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Old 02-25-19, 06:33 PM
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I have "fixed" blemishes of that kind with very light sanding, dry, with a very fine sandpaper, followed by gum tragacanth, and it worked pretty well. You apply the stuff, which doesnt smell real good, then burnish it to a sheen as it soaks in and disappears. But honestly I've only done that to learn how to use gum tragacanth, which I had already bought anyway. In the case of this Pro (and yes, 75 is the date the frame was made) I'd burnish it with Proofide or the like (I have a mixture of beeswax and neatsfoot oil), or shoe polish, or both.
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Old 02-25-19, 09:24 PM
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@rhm, I thought Gum Tragacanth was a classmate of yours at the U of Chicago.
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We used a spoon to bone skuffs in dress shoes in the Marines. Google boning leather.
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and Google leather slicking. It can also be done with water dampened leather.

If you are going to try dyeing the spot, you would need to strip the existing conditioners/treatments off first.

I would just dampen it and then slick/burnish the leather smooth then apply the preferred leather treatment. I use Proofide.
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When my work wingtips used to get scuffed around the edges of the soles, I used a black permanent Sharpie marker. 2 coats on the edge lasted for a long time. I used the same on a vintage Ideal 39 saddle and never had any transfer.
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+10 on small scuffs, black permant marker for the win. I tend to rub it with a rag while it is still wet to get it to blend in.
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Originally Posted by bwilli88 View Post
We used a spoon to bone skuffs in dress shoes in the Marines. Google boning leather.
very true!
I was looking around for my copy of the NCO Handbook, which describes it. ... must have gotten rid of it, unfortunately.
My fuzzy memory thinks that it mentioned using smooth plastic too, such as a toothbrush handle. I know that I've done this for a Brooks Pro with reasonably good results.

I did try to find a reference to boning leather on the web, but keep coming up with a process to make a holster conform to a pistol.

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