How to Fix Scuffs on a Leather Shoe
Leather shoes are more than just something you put on your feet; they're a timeless type of footwear that nearly everyone owns. You can dress them up or dress them down; such shoes fit seamlessly with a variety of outfits making them look good at work or at play. Scuff marks, however, can mar the seamlessly chic look of these shoes, making your entire outfit look less stylish. Luckily, you can repair these issues, even if you're not a professional shoe repairer.
Cleaning Scuff Marks
Moisten a soft cloth with nail polish remover or lighter fluid. Scrub the scuff mark with the moistened cloth to remove or fade the majority of the mark.
Rub an art gum eraser on the lingering scuff marks. This effectively removes the last of the scuffs, but it can dull the appearance of your shoes.
Dab a dime-sized amount of shoe polish or conditioner onto a soft cloth. Rub it in, bringing the shoes to a shine.
Covering Up Scuff Marks
Dip a fine-tipped paintbrush in acrylic paint that matches the shade of your shoe. It's imperative to get as close a match as possible.
Dab the paint over the scuff marks, covering them in a thin layer. Allow to dry for 30 minutes.
Add another thin layer of paint over the first. Your goal is to reinforce the paint layer you've already applied to not only cover the scuffs, but create a shield so the paint won't chip off.
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