Replacing vachetta leather and patina...

Feb 29, 2008
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Arizona, USA
Hello All,

I just had the vachetta leather on the top rim of my mono neverfull GM replaced since I had sliced it on an old trunk. The leather is now slightly lighter in color than the rest of the leather. I have wiped the new leather down with water a couple of times and have sprayed it with Appleguard (with the rest of the vachetta covered up) to darken it up a bit, but it's still lighter.

My question to the TPFers is this: if you have had vachetta leather replaced when the rest was still fairly light, does it eventually even out so the difference isn't as noticable?

I have my Speedy B currently in for repairs too since the glaze was coming off the handle. They said they're going to replace the whole handle, so I might have the same problem again with difference in vachetta color! Ugh!
 

SINinja2978

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Nov 1, 2008
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I had brought my friends speedy in to replace a tag that was destroyed. Because we thought it would be mismatched we had the handles, tags, zipper everything replaced. They missed a tag where the lock is held and it looked horrible. They said to give it a week and it would blend-it didn't. Needless to say the bag went back for a new tag
 

Shoebaglady

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Oct 5, 2011
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There are pics on here of a woman who had the handles of her Alma (i think) changed but nothing else. She shows pics of how she tanned it to match the rest of her bag.

does anyone else remember this thread? I also think there is a thread dedicated to those who have revived their old LV bags. I'm sure if you did a search, you'd stumble upon many photo's and lots of info.
 

terps08

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Jan 1, 2011
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^^ Yes I think I remember seeing this thread and all the patina eventually evens out.
 
Dec 17, 2010
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LV hotstamped the chape on my speedy and had to replace it because they messed up. I was able to "match" the patina with a little baby oil. I don't recommend doing this and I only did it because I planned to sell the bag. It matched perfectly.

The SA recommended leaving it under a light. You could also try wrapping the other parts of the bag and sitting it in a tanning booth to darken the new vachetta.
 

znzngo

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Sep 14, 2010
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There are pics on here of a woman who had the handles of her Alma (i think) changed but nothing else. She shows pics of how she tanned it to match the rest of her bag.

does anyone else remember this thread? I also think there is a thread dedicated to those who have revived their old LV bags. I'm sure if you did a search, you'd stumble upon many photo's and lots of info.
LOL! That was my thread and yes it was my Alma!
OP, try tanning it out from direct sun light. Sorry but I would not put baby oil, you could though rub it w/ leather conditioner then let her sun bathe! They also have lots of ideas on FAQ!
Here's the link to my thread!
http://forum.purseblog.com/louis-vuitton/should-i-replace-the-handles-my-alma-update-711113.html
 

Shoebaglady

~Totes & Pockets~
Oct 5, 2011
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LOL! That was my thread and yes it was my Alma!
OP, try tanning it out from direct sun light. Sorry but I would not put baby oil, you could though rub it w/ leather conditioner then let her sun bathe! They also have lots of ideas on FAQ!
Here's the link to my thread!
http://forum.purseblog.com/louis-vuitton/should-i-replace-the-handles-my-alma-update-711113.html
You and your alma are famous!! :cool:

I think about your story everytime I think about getting new vach for my saumur. It was a great example and I bet your thread saved a lot of people money so they only changed what was needed as opposed to all of the vach.:biggrin:
 

znzngo

O.G.
Sep 14, 2010
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Hello All,

I just had the vachetta leather on the top rim of my mono neverfull GM replaced since I had sliced it on an old trunk. The leather is now slightly lighter in color than the rest of the leather. I have wiped the new leather down with water a couple of times and have sprayed it with Appleguard (with the rest of the vachetta covered up) to darken it up a bit, but it's still lighter.

My question to the TPFers is this: if you have had vachetta leather replaced when the rest was still fairly light, does it eventually even out so the difference isn't as noticable?

I have my Speedy B currently in for repairs too since the glaze was coming off the handle. They said they're going to replace the whole handle, so I might have the same problem again with difference in vachetta color! Ugh!
OP, try tanning it out from direct sun light. Sorry but I would not put baby oil, you could though rub it w/ leather conditioner then let her sun bathe! They also have lots of ideas on FAQ!
Here's the link to my thread!
http://forum.purseblog.com/louis-vuitton/should-i-replace-the-handles-my-alma-update-711113.html

Link to FAQ on Patina process! Goodluck OP!
http://forum.purseblog.com/louis-vuitton-faqs/patina-faqs-98716.html
 

znzngo

O.G.
Sep 14, 2010
2,154
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You and your alma are famous!! :cool:

I think about your story everytime I think about getting new vach for my saumur. It was a great example and I bet your thread saved a lot of people money so they only changed what was needed as opposed to all of the vach.:biggrin:
Awhh...I'm glad to know that :hugs:
I am extremely happy w/ the decision and atleast now I get to enjoy her again!
I can't believe I almost sold her :nogood:
 
Feb 29, 2008
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Feb 29, 2008
284
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Arizona, USA
They are doing my speedy handle for free because it hasn't even been a year, and it was not my fault. In Arizona in the U.S., they quoted me $60 per handle.
 

love86

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Aug 28, 2007
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Hello All,

I just had the vachetta leather on the top rim of my mono neverfull GM replaced since I had sliced it on an old trunk. The leather is now slightly lighter in color than the rest of the leather. I have wiped the new leather down with water a couple of times and have sprayed it with Appleguard (with the rest of the vachetta covered up) to darken it up a bit, but it's still lighter.

My question to the TPFers is this: if you have had vachetta leather replaced when the rest was still fairly light, does it eventually even out so the difference isn't as noticable?

I have my Speedy B currently in for repairs too since the glaze was coming off the handle. They said they're going to replace the whole handle, so I might have the same problem again with difference in vachetta color! Ugh!
hi. just wondering if you can tell me how much it was to replace the vachetta leather trim? thank you!