Restore nubuck on true reds

RICHY

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As many sneaker collectors know, the nubuck on the true reds tend to fade to an orange/pink color and there seems to be no way of escaping this since it Happens to DS pairs as well.
My question is Has anyone here attempted to restore the nubuck? If so, please explain to me how you go about it
I've never tried a restoration project on my own :( and I'm not sure if I will since I fear I may cause damage to the shoe.
i may consider having someone with experience do the job for me if the price is right
 

HYPEBEASTBEATER

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Could you post some pictures of your true reds so I can evaluate the condition?
 

RICHY

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Of course, I am planning to do that as soon as I get home
 

MackLethal

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I think the only way would be to re-dye the nubuck red, I have the same problem with heinys and sharks.
 

brownbear22

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^this. Its the same process Cemetery did to restore his unkles to the more original pink color. If you come up with anything else let me know, but re-dying the nubuck is pretty much your best/only bet
 

RICHY

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I see..well can anyone recommend me a good dye/nubuck dye brand? I think I'm going to try this out.

Also if anyone knows any kind of paint that I could use on midsoles for another shoe, please let me know!
 

elleon28

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rit dye but it's strong
 
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lmk how this goes i would like to do this to my true reds as well thanks
 

RICHY

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I did a spot test to see if the color matched the leather but not a factory match. I ended up scrubbing the dye off back to how it was. Not the best pics but here's how they look (I'll try to get better lighting next time)

Test spot

 

jwizvr6

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The problem ive encountered with red dye is it has a tendency for uneveness.
Overlapping will create too many shades of red.
Just from my experience
 

RICHY

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^ yes your are totally correct
I went over it again and it came out too dark
I guess I'll just leave it as it is
Oh well
 

brownbear22

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I think its gonna be pretty much impossible to get em back to factory color
I guess it just depends on if you'd rather have true oranges or new reds
 

RICHY

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yea but the same shit would happen if i got DS reds...like the pair i have now.
i do have the red devil highs but still though...
i'll just leave it as it is till i come up with a better solution
thanks for your input guys
 

brownbear22

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I meant new red as in whatever shade of red they end up being if you dye them
but yea, Id prolly just leave em as is
 

MarvinV

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What about that stuff that CementaryDrive used a while back to bring back the pink on his Unkles?
 

brownbear22

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as I have already said, he repainted them, just like we are discussing here
 

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I think if you were serious about doing this, you could apply the dye using a paint gun instead of a brush to get an even coat. If you have access to an air compressor, you can get a cheap touch-up gun (used for small detail jobs like this) at harbor freight tools:

http://www.harborfreight.com/touch-up-air-spray-gun-66871.html

I've used that specific gun before, and it works very well for the price! This coupled with a small compressor would do the job. You'd just have to mask the shoes VERY carefully, and apply very thin coats.
 

RICHY

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^appreciate the help
I think I may go that route, I'll probably buy some cheap shoes and practice on those before I do anything to the true reds
 

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If you decide to dye it, diluting the dye as well to assure light coats may help. Just apply several light coats until the color is where you are comfortable or as close to factory as possible