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Unread 01-28-2018, 04:02 PM   #1
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How can I fix these boots?

So I have these white, thigh high boots I used for my Rin cosplay from last summer, however since coming into the boots I was looking for originally, I decided I'd like to wear these for everyday.

I was trying to be gentle as I possibly could while removing the pink 'knee pads', however I came up short. I was thinking of using white Angelus paint to paint over the damage to make them good as new, and alternatively repurpose these boots for a future genderbent Revolver cosplay down the line.

Also the glue residue is left over on the sole, but I kinda expected that. Is there a solution to removing the residue?

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In any case, would using white paint do the trick, or could I use something else?
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Unread 01-28-2018, 09:11 PM   #2
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They're what, pleather? I'd consider a small test of nail polish remover in an unobtrusive spot. Certainly the spots on the bottom in the black don't really seem to be unusual to me: they seem like normal well and tear.
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Unread 01-28-2018, 09:51 PM   #3
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No they're definitely from the glue, as I've only worn them 'officially' to my con last year and the only time. And yes they're pleather.
So I take it use nail polish remover to get rid of the residue...?
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Unread 01-29-2018, 08:29 AM   #4
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Yeah, nail polish remover (acetone specifically) is a mild sort of acid. Depending on what glue you used, it should be enough to at least let you work it off of the shoe. But I've never tried acetone on pleather, so that's why you do a small test spot to make sure it won't damage the material.
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Do NOT use acetone on the white part of the boots! It will become a sticky globby mess!

You've damaged the surface by removing the top layer of vinyl, shoe paint won't fix that, only make it somewhat less noticeable. You can experiment with the various acrylic mediums (paint, art supply store) out there to fill in the holes before painting, but they may not stretch enough.
Once upon a time there was an As Seen On TV product that was specifically vinyl patch, you squeezed it out of a tube like paint, spread it over the tear, then covered the damaged vinyl with a cover sheet and ironed it in place. No idea if anyone still makes it or what it's called.
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Unread 01-29-2018, 12:21 PM   #6
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I do have acrylic white paint, being an art student I never have any shortage xD. I figured Angelus paint would be the go-to since the paint is designed specifically for different types of leather. Could I possibly use both, or just one?
I do have a 'As Seen on TV' store at a mall near me, I could try there. Or maybe bring it to a shoe repair shop though I'm pretty sure it'll be expensive; especially for a small amount of damage.
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This reaches the Experiment Zone. No way to know until you try.
I'd be inclined to do shoe paint first, then a little artist acrylic to fill in and depressions or obvious holes, then more shoe paint over the top. With drying time in between.
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Ok, just making sure. Thank you
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