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How to Repair Damaged Leather | Travis Scott AJ1 Restoration

Welcome back to another episode of ‘Restorations with Vick’! This week Vick Almighty how to repair damaged leather from a deep scratch on these Travis Scott Air Jordan 1.

Just like a cleaning, Vick started off this restoration by removing the laces and inserting a shoe tree. With the shoe tree snug inside, Vick will be able to put additional pressure on the toe box during the restoration – this step is extremely important for the leather filling and sanding process to be successful. Before the sanding could begin, Vick made sure to trim down the pieces of raised leather and suede near the scratch. With the damaged leather surrounding the scratch removed, it was time to start sanding! In a circular motion, Vick began sanding down the scratch on the tumbled leather using 400 grit sandpaper. Once the leather started to smoothen out, he moved on to 800 grit, and finally 1500 grit.

His plan was to repeat this same process on the scratched suede, but the the 400 grit sandpaper wasn’t working as well as he’d like, so he broke out the dremel tool and lightly sanded the suede. The suede may never again be perfect, but the results were night and day! From there, it was time to head back to the tumbled leather toe box and work on filling the scratch. Using Leather World Technologies white leather filler, Vick began the slow process of filling the scratch. As Vick notes, it’s important to use a minimal amount in each coat. Caking the leather filler in the scratch will NOT give you a desired outcome, or speed up the process. After each coat, Vick would sand down down the filler using 800 grit sandpaper. The shoe was starting to look great, but there was a noticeable texture difference in the tumbled leather that had received sanding. To offset this, Vick dabbed leather filler on the smooth areas using a scrap piece of tumbled leather, followed by a light sanding using 1500 grit. Note: it’s extremely important to let the filler dry before sanding, or the filler will not stick!

With six to seven patient coats applied, it was time for paint! Mixing white, cream, and mist, the Almighty One applied an even coat across the toe box using his angler brush. Prior to the last coat of paint, Vick applied a layer of Krylon matte finish, an extremely important process that protects and seals the paint.

Restoration complete! Let us know what you think in the comments, and as always, thanks for watching!

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  1. fantastic!! I love your works! you're the best! congratulations

  2. Closing the door on his motorcycle but a nail stuck out. Dang man 😮

  3. i love these videos man
    you got me into the custom restoration and always looking for proper execution

  4. Are there no other shoes in the world other than AJ1?

  5. On my learher jordan 1 midd the bottom white part is ripping off off the middle ( on the front ) because the glue isnt holding up, ive been wearing trhem everyday for like 7-8 months and idk why

  6. Hey i got Jordan 10 retro an my mid sole peel off of the Top shoe how can i fix this? Do i need to remove the whole sole and reglue it?

  7. How can I send you my Jordan 1’s to get a restoration exactly like this one? I have an almost identical scratch….

  8. Dude,One of your best videos ❤

  9. Vick you deadass are the undefeated sneaker goat 🐐 fr fr

  10. Bro…. Show how you covered and clear coated the shoe…… A lot of missing steps here that I'm sure everyone wants to see!

  11. How about Jordan 14 black toe box scratched suede?

  12. Can you do this on airforce ones?

  13. this happened on my 2014 carmine 6s on the red what do i do

  14. How do I Remove Permanente Marker from Patent Leather Shoes? I really need this for my Prada Patent sneakers

  15. Be alot better for more close ups before and after together to really see the difference

  16. My leather is peeling on the toe of one my Jordan 5s … how can I fix that with this method or another ?

  17. I love that never good enough dam I wish I can give you my Ricardo ticsi

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