Glazed Leather? - scuffs

Lune de Miel

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Hi All,
I did do a search for glazed leather, but the replies didn't really answer my question. I have some pairs of Prada shoes that I'd like to sell, from circa 2001-2003, but they have slight scuffs on the inner heels from rubbing against one another. I'd like to clean and/or polish them, but want to avoid taking them to a professional, as my goal is obviously to *make* money, not spend it. My first question is: are they likely glazed leather, or is the leather just really shiny? Second, if they are glazed leather, how can I remove or reduce the scuffs? Thanks in advance for your help ;)
 

fashion16

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Only you will know if it is glazed leather or not. Glazed leather does crack, scuff, wear and actually, I think it looks better with wear. I use leather lotion on my glazed bag but it just makes it look "healthier" but it doesn't take away scratches/scuffs. Good luck.
 

Bomshell

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Here are 2 things you can try that have consistently worked for me in the past:

Be super careful & spot test an inconspicuous area first, but I have had great success removing scuff marks from glazed/patent (basically shiny) leather or man-made material with a cotton ball or q-tip and non-acetone nail polish remover. (It is critical that you use NON-acetone because acetone will eat the material away). This removes scuff marks from any non-porous surface, like patent leather, plastic, vinyl, etc. It also evaporates quickly so even if you dribble on another part of the shoe you don't have to panic--but like I said, use with caution. In fact, I have a few pairs of light-colored shoes with black soles that I have to clean using this method every so often and I have not had any long-term consequences from doing so.

Something else I have had major success with is a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser--that thing will remove scuffs from just about anything, and all you need is water. I would probably try this first before you go the nail-polish remover route, but as I said I have had success with both methods. One word of caution with the Magic Eraser--use a gentle touch because if you over do it you could rub the shine itself right off. Good luck!
 

Lune de Miel

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thanks Bomshell! I'm not sure about the nail polish remover, b/c I wouldn't say it's nonporous (I guess it's not glazed leather, just *highly* polished. I LOVE the Magic Eraser though, just did all my walls, so I'll try that first. thanks again!