Can I salvage these handles or should I just replace them?

Oct 8, 2010
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my LV neverfull mm handles are horrible - absolutely disgusting to the point of grey/black. I'm actually thinking this may be due to colour transfer rather than dirt (for the most part) as I would rarely carry it by hand - it's always on my shoulder - and I wear a lot of black.

I've been reading here about baby wipes, saddle soap, lovinmybag cleansers but I haven't read if anyone has managed to resurrect their handles from this state. I'm thinking of just having them replaced but I would actually like to sell the bag so don't know whether it's worth doing anyway?
 

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fabuleux

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my LV neverfull mm handles are horrible - absolutely disgusting to the point of grey/black. I'm actually thinking this may be due to colour transfer rather than dirt (for the most part) as I would rarely carry it by hand - it's always on my shoulder - and I wear a lot of black.

I've been reading here about baby wipes, saddle soap, lovinmybag cleansers but I haven't read if anyone has managed to resurrect their handles from this state. I'm thinking of just having them replaced but I would actually like to sell the bag so don't know whether it's worth doing anyway?
I would get the leather replaced.
 

litchi

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At that state of wear, I would have the handles replaced.

Otherwise, you can also try wiping the handles with a slightly damp (white) cloth so it can look a little more presentable if/when you decide sell it.
 
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fabuleux

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my LV neverfull mm handles are horrible - absolutely disgusting to the point of grey/black. I'm actually thinking this may be due to colour transfer rather than dirt (for the most part) as I would rarely carry it by hand - it's always on my shoulder - and I wear a lot of black.

I've been reading here about baby wipes, saddle soap, lovinmybag cleansers but I haven't read if anyone has managed to resurrect their handles from this state. I'm thinking of just having them replaced but I would actually like to sell the bag so don't know whether it's worth doing anyway?
By the way, your screen name is THE BEST on TPF! :tup::lol:
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Lol thank you! I like to think it's a pretty description of me.

Yes I think I'll just either suck it up and get the new handles or just sell as is. Ugghhh. So annoying!
 
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^^ so which would be the best method do you think? A leather cleaner? I tried baby wipes, and an eraser already - no luck!
 

JLP2006

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Not sure if it's the same price to replace the vachetta handles but I just had the handles replaced on my DE NF MM. I was originally quoted $210 but it ended up being $180. That was just the handles (no top binding or side ties). I'm honestly not sure of a product that would lighten them up. Good luck!
 
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I'm in Australia and they quoted me $260. I'm wondering if it's worth it or if I shoukd just sell as is. I'm not sure I'll get much more for it. There's some Ben stains on the lining and a bit of grubbiness around the inside top. Some wear to corners so I may end up losing more money if I replace the handles and then sell iykwim
 

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I would get a good leather cleaner and go to town. Baby wipes and an eraser aren't gonna touch that. Maybe a magic eraser but it would also dry out the leather and you'd need a really good conditioner afterward. I don't necessarily think I'd spend the money to replace if I was just gonna turn around and sell it.
 

JLP2006

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I'm in Australia and they quoted me $260. I'm wondering if it's worth it or if I shoukd just sell as is. I'm not sure I'll get much more for it. There's some Ben stains on the lining and a bit of grubbiness around the inside top. Some wear to corners so I may end up losing more money if I replace the handles and then sell iykwim
Yeah given the overall condition it probably wouldn't make sense. I would probably try cleaning and conditioning them then sell it.
 

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my LV neverfull mm handles are horrible - absolutely disgusting to the point of grey/black. I'm actually thinking this may be due to colour transfer rather than dirt (for the most part) as I would rarely carry it by hand - it's always on my shoulder - and I wear a lot of black.

I've been reading here about baby wipes, saddle soap, lovinmybag cleansers but I haven't read if anyone has managed to resurrect their handles from this state. I'm thinking of just having them replaced but I would actually like to sell the bag so don't know whether it's worth doing anyway?
What did you end up doing about the handles? And did you keep or sell the bag?

i would replace it, but try to clean it and see if you can get some more wear our of it try using a damp magic eraser and then cadillac conditioner, repeat until its light enough for your liking and it's not working- replace.
I've done this, its really works well!!