How to Fix a Bad Scratch on Black Leather Boots

by Melissa Morang

You can get rid of a bad scratch on your leather boots with a little effort and very little money.

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Black leather boots are a timeless fashion statement. The beauty and durability of black leather will never go out of style. Unfortunately, wear and tear will show on your boots, and you will even get scratches. Don't think you have to throw out your boots if you get a deep scratch, however. Save your boots and your money by repairing the scratch yourself.

Items you will need

  • Sandpaper (1000-grit)
  • Spray bottle
  • Clean cloths
  • Leather lotion
  • Black shoe dye
  • Leather protector product
Step 1

Sand the scratch out with sandpaper. Use 1000 grit sandpaper. You can buy this at your local hardware store. When you are ready, fill a spray bottle with water. Spray the scratched area of the boot with the water and spray the sandpaper until it is damp. Rub the sandpaper in one direction over the scratched area. Keep rubbing until the scratch is no longer visible.

Step 2

Clean the boot. Use a damp cloth to remove dirt or dust clinging to the boot. Simply wipe in a downward motion starting at the top of the boot and working down.

Step 3

Apply a leather lotion. This lotion will remove any remaining dirt and grime. It will also add moisture, which is necessary to keep leather from cracking. Simply pour the lotion onto a clean cloth and rub in a circular motion. Wipe one section at a time, starting at the top of the boot and working down. Rub each section until the conditioner is absorbed, then move to the next section. Always follow the manufacturer's instructions on the label.

Step 4

Apply a black shoe dye to the scratched area. Follow the directions on the package and place the dye onto the scratched and sanded area. Allow the dye to dry. Buff the dyed area in a circular motion with a clean cloth.

Step 5

Apply a leather protector to your boots. This will protect them from rain and snow. Spray the protector evenly over the boots. Always follow the directions on the label for the proper application.

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About the Author

Melissa Morang began writing professionally in 2002. She has created sales scripts for telemarketing companies and contributes to online publications. Morang has a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Minnesota.