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    Thank you for such a thorough explanation! You've given me the confidence to try this.

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  • Dye Your Shoes (or other leather goods)

    Would you happen to know whether the initial stripping of the leather finish with the deglazer affects any waterproofing qualities? I have to get specialty boots with specific features for my job, but my company also has uniform policies and all footwear must be black, but I can only find the best quality boots for my purposes in brown. It would be great if I could just get the superior brown ones and dye them black, but they must be waterproof. If the deglazer does damage the waterproofing, do you have experience refinishing with a special waterproof finisher? Does that work better than using a waterproofing substance on already-finished leather? I've used many waterproofing creams and leather conditioners on boots straight out of the box, but none of them have lasted longer than 2-3 m...

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    Would you happen to know whether the initial stripping of the leather finish with the deglazer affects any waterproofing qualities? I have to get specialty boots with specific features for my job, but my company also has uniform policies and all footwear must be black, but I can only find the best quality boots for my purposes in brown. It would be great if I could just get the superior brown ones and dye them black, but they must be waterproof. If the deglazer does damage the waterproofing, do you have experience refinishing with a special waterproof finisher? Does that work better than using a waterproofing substance on already-finished leather? I've used many waterproofing creams and leather conditioners on boots straight out of the box, but none of them have lasted longer than 2-3 months without regular reapplication. Unfortunately, the kinds of boots I'm talking about are extremely expensive (over 300$) so I can't exactly test-drive this theory. Any thoughts you have would be greatly appreciated!

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