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    Default Louis Vuitton - Repair Surface Damaged Louis Vachetta leather from scuffing with a Magic Eraser.

    Hi, I'm hoping you can help me with this.
    I grossly mistreated my "new" vintage Louis Vuitton Vachetta.
    I used a magic eraser and scuffed up this piece badly.
    It had darkening around the rivet from the brass.
    I kept scrubbing it trying to get it clean, but it seemed to just spread it.
    Now it is darker and roughed up almost like suede rather than a smooth honey colored vachetta.
    What can you recommend?
    I read a similar post where you recommended the Vachetta V3 kit.
    Can you please tell me what results I can expect or if there are any less expensive options?
    I will have a hard time spending $70 to fix that one little area.
    Or should I just get that piece replaced?
    The bag is about 20 years old.

    Thanks so much for your help!

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    Use this Vachetta Problem Solving Guide as reference.

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    >>> It had darkening around the rivet from the brass.

    This is identified as tarnish stain.
    In a mild situation Vachetta-2.8 redox treatment removes such stain as seen from below pictures. A holistic system includes follow up with Hydrator-3.3 > Fatliquor-5.0 > Protector-D.
    In severe situation a specialty product may be used to produce the desire result with d’Tarnish-1.3. A mandatory pH balancing is necessary with Basifier-8.8 > Rinse-3.0 and thereafter follows with Hydrator-3.3 > Fatliquor-5.0 > Protector-D.

    Here are how a surface brass tarnish stain is removed with Vachetta-2.8

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    >>> I grossly mistreated my "new" vintage Louis Vuitton Vachetta.
    I used a magic eraser and scuffed up this piece badly.
    I kept scrubbing it trying to get it clean, but it seemed to just spread it.
    Now it is darker and roughed up almost like suede rather than a smooth honey colored vachetta.
    What can you recommend?


    Nothing much can be done with unfinished leather like vachetta with physical damages.
    Any repairs will distort the original characteristic.
    And it is better left it as it is.


    >>> I think I am willing to spend the money on your products if you think they will work and give good results.

    The stain in question is not original and may be compounded from failed attempt that the characteristic of the stain may be altered and thus fail to response accordingly.


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    Leather Doctor Kit V3 – Vachetta Leather Browning Removal Kit
    Leather Doctor® Kit V3, unfinished leather care system is design for corrective appearance of vachetta, saddlery and veg-tan leathers from browning liquid stains. These alkaline pH sensitive leathers when neglected often suffer unsightly browning stain marks from a variety of liquid sources. Even apparent clean rain and tap water often leave a lightening spot with an outer ring. The pH 7 alone of water will often cause a rippling effect on the tannin that destabilize and causes it to moves. Browning correction is performed by using Vachetta-2.8, a pH 2.8 specialty leather cleaner that is particularly effective in emulsifying oily soiling, redox mild brass tarnish, lightening suntan and water staining effect. A holistic system includes rejuvenating the leather structure for softness with Hydrator-3.3 to relax, follows with Fatliquor-5.0 to soften when dry and protecting with the healing properties of Protector-D thereafter. The lightening effect takes place when the leather dries. When leather is wet and dry again, it will often stiff up, as the fibers becomes stick closer together. Hydrator-3.3 helps separate and open up the inter-fibrillary spaces preconditioning for effective Fatliquor-5.0 replenishing to lubricate for leather flexing smoothness from cracking. Replenishing the leather structure with fat and oil after browning corrective cleaning besides the softening effect also prevents the ingress of liquid stains as a preventive measure. When leather is full of fat and oil, it makes the leather less absorbent. Fat and oil conditioning or rejuvenating with Fatliquor-5.0 mellows and enrich the appearance of the leather while most oil conditioners will simply darkens and dulls the appearance poorly. Protector-D enhances a rub resistant draggy-feel against friction rubs and is use routinely to conceal and fill scuffmarks. Body contact areas should be clean routinely with Clean-3.8 follows with Rinse-3.0, thereafter applied with non-stick protection and commence for another cycle of use. Darken and prolong body grease and sweat contacts will require a degreasing process with Degreaser-2.2 follows with Acidifier-2.0 in most cases. Preventive cleaning and protection to shield against sticky soiling, with the abilities to heal and conceal lightening scuff and abrasion marks keeps the leather appearance level high at all times rather than relying on corrective or salvage cleaning where the cleaning appearance deteriorates and diminishes with each cycle. Note that the mentioned products suffix numbers denotes its pH value in this holistic approach to removing vegetable, plant and water stains from vachetta, saddlery and veg-tan leathers.


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    Leather Doctor d’Tarnish-1.3

    Leather Doctor® d’Tarnish-1.3 is a waterbased pH 1.3 leather tarnish stain remover. It is for removing metal stains like rust, brass tarnish, some ink and dye including urochrome-yellowing effect. In addition, any stains that derive from metals will probably be removed with this product. This universal tarnish stain remover is for all leather types including pigmented, aniline, vachetta, nubuck, suede, hair-on-hide and woolskin.


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    Leather Doctor Basifier-8.8
    Leather Doctor® Basifier-8.8 is a waterbased pH 8.8 mild leather basifier designs to neutralize strong acidic exposure especially after d’Tarnish-1.3. This universal basifier is for all leather types including pigmented, aniline, vachetta, nubuck, suede, hair-on-hide and woolskin leather types.

    Roger Koh
    Leather Care Consultant
    www.LeatherDoctor.com
    [email protected]
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