This step is undoubtedly the easiest and also the riskiest when it comes to patina design. If your products are too harsh or the colour is removed too hastily, you may end up altering the leather, which can significantly decrease the useful life of your shoe.
We recommend proceeding with the colour removal phase in very gradual steps in order to evaluate how the leather reacts.
Begin by gently rubbing the leather with an old cloth and a very small amount of the colour remover
. Allow the product to work for 5 to 10 minutes, then observe the state of the original colour of your shoe.
If the colour does not lighten, stop the process altogether and choose another pair of shoes. This is often the case for black shoes. Some people recommend using products such as bleach to lighten the leather more quickly. Monsieur Chaussure strongly advises against the use of these types of products as they can burn the leather and make it dull, breakable and dry.
If the colour lightens, continue to alternate this colour removal phase with the drying time. The goal is to obtain a slightly lighter shade than the base dye.
For un-treated (un-tinted) leather, a single application of the colour remover is enough to prepare the leather.