Project: Pre-Loved Marron Day

Rinaiyoko

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Sooo, I got my first Balenciaga bag ever last thursday and it was the first time that I used Vestiaire Collective. I got her through VC from a nice french woman for 310€. The whole buying process went very well, I contacted the seller before for more photos so we already had a connection. She informed me as soon as she sent the bag off to VC to Paris. VC kept me updated through small notes on their website. I was very impressed by the fast shipping from Paris to Germany. Only 1! day and it arrived!

Now onto the bag. I knew there would be a few things to fix. On the sellers photos were a few white spots on the leather, a bit discolouring was visible and you could see that the tassels were split. Before purchasing her I read a lot about dying and moisturizing etc. so I was prepared ;) When I unpacked her I was very happy about the colour, size and style BUT: The leather was very dry and papery... it felt very thin and rough at the bottom. The typical Balenciaga finish was only left on a few parts of the bag. I got a little bit worried about the quality of Balenciaga bags at this point. Could I ever fix the rough, almost suede like bottom?

Here are a few before photos:

Colour rubb-off and discolouring


A part with the typical leather look

Used edges


Rough and dry bottom/corner of the bag


Broken edges on the middle of both handles

Split Tassels with extremely thin parts and some small scratches. One split half was even ripped in two...the second part is sadly missing so I've got 3/4th of a whole tassel if glued together...
 

Rinaiyoko

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So here's what I did:
I used a leather cleaner which my father gave me (he is very familiar with caring for leather clothes and motorcycle leather ) and removed the white spots. This was easy, they went off after a little bit of rubbing. A bit colour came off, too but nothing to worry about.
The next step was a thin coat of taupe coloured shoe cream. It added a first touch of moisture and made the discolouring disappear a bit. After a few hours I added a thin coat of Beeswax Leather Oil by B&W on the whole bag, except for the handles. After 1hour I applied a second thin coat and let it dry again. At this point the discolouring began to get a bit less visible.
For the next step I took the Fiebings Oil Based Leather Dye in Chocolate, dripped a few drops into the lid and added some water to get a light wash of colour. With a small paint brush I coated the really used and light areas like here:

Compared to the first picture it's a lot better.
I let the parts dry and if needed I added another coat.


Here you can see that the leather is not as dry as when I got her but it's still very light in colour, thin and dryer than the rest of the bag.

* I rubbed the whole bag with a soft cloth and added a coat of another leather conditioner, especially on the bottom. After an hour I rubbed her again, I tried to get the typical Balenciaga shine back but it didn't change that much.




More will follow tomorrow :biggrin:

 

Rinaiyoko

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These are the products I used if anyone is interested:



[FONT=&quot] The big rescue for me was the effax Leather Balm. I added a coat of this and the leather got much better. I added a second coat the next day and now it's buttery soft and a lot shinier than before.[/FONT]


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[FONT=&quot]On a few spots on the bottom I added a tiny bit more since it was really dry. [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot](The leather darkened a lot during the process but I knew this would happen. Like on my other leather pieces the dark color usually fades within 2-6 Days.)[/FONT]

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[FONT=&quot]After this I took leather glue and glued the tassels back together. Even the one where 1/4th was missing. I attached it to the mirror once I was done so it won't be used that much.
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