What are the patina rules? (Help me decide what to do with this ol' LV)

miacostigan

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I just recently acquired this 14 year old speedy 30. She is in great condition for her age and is just wonderful, except for a zipper that had been changed. My other concern is the patina. I personally think it's wonderful, I love the color, however I am not crazy about the obvious contrast between the top of the handles and the bottom, where is is still a lighter color. See?





I was possibly considering (don't shoot me!) using olive oil on the bottom less-patinad areas in order to hopefully create a more even look. I'd read olive oil helps patina LVs. What are the general rules for this... is all patina good, and it should never be messed with? I know it gives bags originality, but I want to know what you think.
 

viacarolina2394

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DennisLVoes said:
If the Canvas is fine I would think about a leather replacement... So you can give it another try with patina. Also it will be like brand new. :smile:
+1 I love leather patina but I do not think this patina is well taken care of
 

Elliespurse

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I think it looks great as it is, the vachetta changes over the years. It's like a piece of LV history imho :heart:
 

midg613

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FYI, just make sure there is no cracking in the leather where the zipper is ...LV will not replace any hardware or do any repairs if the leather canvas is cracked.
 

miacostigan

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Thanks for feedback. For those who said it looks like dirt, brings to mind the idea - is there any way for me to clean it myself? :\
 

Elliespurse

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The vachetta leather has a smooth finish and usually methods to clean it takes away this finish and leaves it matte and a bit grey..
 

miacostigan

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Well it sounds like this is simply a case of patina gone wrong, and unless I want to dish out some cash to replace it I'm fresh out of luck. I don't mind though, I still think for 14 years old it looks amazing, and I'm super happy with the purchase :smile:
 

lvaddict89

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Get the Lovin my bags cleanser. There's a Ton of dirt on the handles. Either that or maybe baby wipes.. But don't put oil on leather. That's terrible for it.
 

miacostigan

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Get the Lovin my bags cleanser. There's a Ton of dirt on the handles. Either that or maybe baby wipes.. But don't put oil on leather. That's terrible for it.
I will try to gently clean it myself using one of these methods. I'll post before & after pics once I have the time