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11-02-2016, 08:22 AM
I have an older pair of speed skating boots that after dyeing and a few other steps, will not take any finishing, (i.e. shoe creme and wax) and remains sticky to the touch.

Here are my restoration steps:
1 Stripped boots with acetone and removed old finish.
2 Dyed boots black
3 conditioned leather with mink oil paste, that I found out later contained silicone
4 coated boots with polyurethane after reading suggestions on a leather website
5 attempted to strip both
6 stripped poly with acetone
7 try to strip silicon with ammonia
8 after stripping attempts, conditioned leather
9 attempted finish with some improvement, but leather still doesn't seem to be absorbing shoe creme 100 percent and the surface remains sticky.

Any suggestions would be appreciated!

Roger Koh
11-02-2016, 09:11 AM
Please show some pictures.

Leather may have denatured or reverted to rawhide that remain sticky - it may now be a structure problem that the leather constituents (tanning agent) may have leach out. The ammonia is most probably the cause - need to note that leather is an "amphoteric" material. Acetone will dry up the fatliquor as well. To do it right we need to follow what is done in a modern tannery practice worldwide base on bio-chemistry science and logic.

Roger Koh
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11-03-2016, 10:08 AM
This picture shows most of the leather unfinished (except for the toe area) after the ammonia step. The leather isn't sticky at all until I attempt to finish using shoe creme and wax.
I ran into the same stickiness before using the ammonia when trying to finish with shoe creme.
Any ideas?

Roger Koh
11-03-2016, 10:31 AM
>>> The leather isn't sticky at all until I attempt to finish using shoe creme and wax.

Sounds that the shoe cream and wax are the problem

>>> I ran into the same stickiness before using the ammonia when trying to finish with shoe creme.

This is a double confirmation that the shoe cream is the problem

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