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  • Restoring smooth/stained suede?

    Any suggestions? Is it even possible to restore/fix suede that has been worn smooth?

    Also any way to remove stains from suede? How do you clean suede? I've only ever owned synthetic saddles or saddles without suede, I don't know how the heck to deal with suede.
    Tell a Gelding. Ask a Stallion. Discuss it with a Mare... Pray if it's a Pony!

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    Trying using a wire brush to rough up the suede. It worked well on a rough-out western saddle that I restored a million years ago.

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      #3
      Originally posted by betonbill View Post
      Trying using a wire brush to rough up the suede. It worked well on a rough-out western saddle that I restored a million years ago.
      Like a brass brush? I just want to make sure I use the right stuff, I don't want to make things worse.

      What products can I use to clean suede?
      Tell a Gelding. Ask a Stallion. Discuss it with a Mare... Pray if it's a Pony!

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      • #4
        jmho !!

        Sand paper! I've successfully used various grits of plain old sandpaper on many suede items ex: chaps, suede knee rolls on english saddles. Start with a course grit and finish with a finer grit. Just rub in various directions and the stains/dirt will come off. It will refresh the roughness of the suede so do the smooth areas aggressively and the rest of the areas just give a light once over.

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          Originally posted by wateryglen View Post
          Sand paper! I've successfully used various grits of plain old sandpaper on many suede items ex: chaps, suede knee rolls on english saddles. Start with a course grit and finish with a finer grit. Just rub in various directions and the stains/dirt will come off. It will refresh the roughness of the suede so do the smooth areas aggressively and the rest of the areas just give a light once over.
          Wow really? Won't the sandpaper thin the leather or something?
          Tell a Gelding. Ask a Stallion. Discuss it with a Mare... Pray if it's a Pony!

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            I wish I had before and after photos… I took a saddle with smooth and dirty suede knee rolls and was able to get it looking like new again. I used brass wire brushes (small ones, like a tooth brush) of various stiffness, along with “suede cleaner” I picked up from the local shoe store. It is a clear liquid, a little soapy, and very mild (no chemical smells etc). He told me to wet the suede with the cleaner, and remove dirt with a damp cloth. Then brush the suede (not too hard!) to bring the nap back up. Once the leather dried (overnight) it looked amazing!


            http://www.fiebing.com/Dyes_and_Cleaners.aspx

            Kelly's suede / nubuck cleaner... that was the stuff!
            APPSOLUTE CHOCKLATE - Photo by Kathy Colman

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              Originally posted by Appsolute View Post
              I wish I had before and after photos… I took a saddle with smooth and dirty suede knee rolls and was able to get it looking like new again. I used brass wire brushes (small ones, like a tooth brush) of various stiffness, along with “suede cleaner” I picked up from the local shoe store. It is a clear liquid, a little soapy, and very mild (no chemical smells etc). He told me to wet the suede with the cleaner, and remove dirt with a damp cloth. Then brush the suede (not too hard!) to bring the nap back up. Once the leather dried (overnight) it looked amazing!


              http://www.fiebing.com/Dyes_and_Cleaners.aspx

              Kelly's suede / nubuck cleaner... that was the stuff!
              Nice to hear a success story! I'll have to stop into a shoe store and see if they have that, or something similar.
              Tell a Gelding. Ask a Stallion. Discuss it with a Mare... Pray if it's a Pony!

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                Originally posted by wateryglen View Post
                Sand paper! I've successfully used various grits of plain old sandpaper on many suede items ex: chaps, suede knee rolls on english saddles. Start with a course grit and finish with a finer grit. Just rub in various directions and the stains/dirt will come off. It will refresh the roughness of the suede so do the smooth areas aggressively and the rest of the areas just give a light once over.
                This^
                I've had great luck with sandpaper. It's easier to use than wire brushes, less likely to leave scratch marks. I cleaned up an older saddle that the knee rolls had been worn completely smooth AND I got Neat's foot Oil on the suede . To even out the color, I OILED the suede and then sanded ot.It looked amazing when I was done. I wish I woud have taken pictures of it before I sold it!
                "It's never too late to be what you might have been." George Eliot

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                  What is it stained with?

                  Oil - Blot with cornstarch and brush off repeat iuntil gone.
                  Blood, sweat, tears, anything organic - Use medical grade H2O2.
                  Leathe or hair dye - You're SOL dye it black.
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