So I bought a pair of all-black Palladiums.
Decided that they were too gothninja for my tastes. So I bleached them bone-white.
Now I have a nice base to work with, so what colour (or colours) should I dye them now?
Removed laces first. Then, I first soaked them in a large bucket with a cup or two of bleach thrown in. No real science. They turned a vivid work-boot orange at first. Not what I was looking for.
Stumbled upon this 13 year old black chick on Youtube bleaching her Converse:
I filled an empty spray bottle with 100% straight bleach. Pic is exactly what I used. Sprayed them, and within 5 minutes, they went from vivid orange to a pale salmon pinky-orange. For no reason, I did spray them a second time all over again before letting them dry.
By the time they dried, they were exactly as you see in my picture. I did have to rinse them quite a bit, since they stank of bleach. It's quite nice that the stitching and labels completely resisted the bleaching process.
You're correct. Mine also have black lace rivets instead of silver.
>vivid work-boot orange
hnnng i love this color
did it come out uniform, or weird and splotchy? i know it wasn't what you were looking for but i like the bleached-black-orange shade a lot.
Was completely uniform during the soaking.
When I gave up on soaking, and tried spraying instead, it did cause a few places to have uneven tint.
I should mention that I had to weigh down the boots with two ziploc bags full of tiny rocks to get them not to float in the bleach solution in the bucket, didn't want to risk some parts bleaching unevenly.
And the uneven tint I mentioned cleared up by the time they were finished drying.
>When I gave up on soaking, and tried spraying instead, it did cause a few places to have uneven tint.
How did you counteract this? Did you just re-spray the weaker spots? Also, is the inside side of the tongue all half-done like in the video you linked?
I made sure to spray the inside of the tongue too, so it looks identical to the outside. I might need to watch the video again, but I think the chick didn't think to spray inside them enough.The pictures are pretty true to life, they are very consistently bone-white all over now.
But I did notice that the inside fabric bleached a lot slower, and in different shades, compared to the outside fabric. When the black Palladiums reached their vivid orange stage, the insides were brown for some reason. Weird, but, like I said, it evened out.
I think that's also why I sprayed them a second time all over again before letting them dry, I am positive it helped target those uneven patches.
Nice catch. I see the resemblance, although I actually like the white palladiums better because they look less like a costume piece from a scifi movie.
Op you're amazing, that bleaching process would look sick for a fit I had in mind.
just an announcement to you all that the left pic of the original black boots op posted arent the monochrome boots, theyre just the regular baggy canvas in black, but the pair he owns/dyed are the monochrome baggy canvas which have black eyelets and snaps. just a note bc i think they wouldnt look as good bleached with silver snaps and eyelets
Looks cool, OP. I wouldn't dye them, the bone white is a nice looking and versatile color.
I was thinking the same thing TBH, but watch the video in the OP of the girl bleaching her chuck taylors... the same thing happens.
If you're thinking of dyeing them from the bone colour you have, you might need to add a few drops of blue to the colour you choose in order to counteract a bit of the yellowness of the current colour
just talked with my gf about and she laughed me in the face cause bleach burns the fabric. She said that they will become unwearable really soon. I'm really hoping she is wrong though.
Would that bleaching effectively work on these? I really like the white ones but they don't come in my size (16).
Google seems to think you can neutralize the bleach with hydrogen peroxide once you're done bleaching the fabric. I'm pretty sure you can get hydrogen peroxide cheaply at any pharmacy.
OP here, back from last night.
Those are the 'new' Palladium Mono Chrome Baggy II.
I'm positive I must have picked up an older version (which doesn't seem to be on their online store anymore), because taking a closer look, it looks like they updated the fabric from 100% canvas to nylon with Nubuck synthetic leather on the heel and inside the shoe.
Proceed with caution, since I don't know how nylon or Nubuck would react to bleach yet.
Hmm... I kind of forgot, no more than 2 hours I think.
The bucket is a cleaning bucket that holds 15 liters. I was a bit of a pussy and only put in a cup of bleach at first. I kept coming back and adding more and more when I saw it was barely changing. Finally it reached orange, but around that time I found the video I linked on spray-bleaching canvas.
What sort of end result are you hoping for? Solid, splattered, half-dipped, etc? Post pics.
presumably the thread is synthetic.
I found they fit somewhat narrow, especially across the area where the lace panels attach near the toe.
This problem wasn't so bad, since the canvas also stretches out a bit in the first few wears, making them pretty comfy once it breaks in.
Mine arrived Friday and I've worn them for about 3 full days now.
> Aggressively narrow mid-shoe. Added an additional sole to raise my feet platforming and reduce pressure on the arc of my foot.
> The clips that make it low-top wobble and jiggle a bit when not clipped.
> Seems to break in relatively easy. Was uncomfortable for the first day or two, slowly getting more bearable. Slightly less comfortable than vans authentic.
> The laces 165cm are too short if you want to put them through the highest holes for high-top wear, they should have shipped with 180cm laces.
> Insoles are removable and well made. Inside is stitched.
> Girls love them.