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How to repair scratches on leather shoes?

Polishing time:

10-15 minutes




Scratches on leather shoes can make your shoes look unkempt within an instant. Surface scratches can often be easily repaired however with a few simple steps. Deeper scratcher can often be masked reasonably well too, but can also require a bit more work. In this guide we will discuss the options and show you how you can repair scratches on your leather shoes.

Step 1.

Camouflaging the damage

Brush your shoes with a shoe shine brush to remove any dust and dirt.

Apply Saphir Médaille d’Or Pommadier shoe cream on and around the scratched area on your leather shoes. Use light to medium pressure to gently massage the cream into the leather. The high concentration of pigments in the cream will help the scratch blend in with the rest of the leather making it invisible to the eye. The Beeswax will also create a protective layer on top of the exposed scratched leather to avoid further damage. To pick the right colour shoe cream please check our Saphir Médaille d'Or colour guide. Afterwards, shine your shoes using a horsehair brush or cloth and check the results. If the scratch is still visible, you can apply more shoe cream. Only about 10% of the pigment in a cream will adhere to the leather, with each application, so it could be you need to apply shoe cream multiple times. Make sure you shine your shoes after each application.

Step 2. (optional)

Filling up deep scratches

Apply a thin layer of Saphir Médaille d'Or Pate de Luxe shoe wax in the same colour as the cream you used to camouflage the scratch even more. The wax will also fill up the deep scratch a bit making it less visible and offer additional protection against moisture and scratches. That way you basically scratch the wax and not the leather which is easy to repair by applying new shoe wax.

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