I’ve harped on not using any kinds of dyes, shoe polishes, or anything that covers and fills the leather on vintage handbags. I recently received a batch of bags that looked so perfect and beautiful in pictures. They arrived, and to my horror, they had been painted with Wood-N-Stuff. The seller confirmed this after questioning.
Unfortunately, the company’s sales pitches regarding the product being used only on unsalvageable leather, how it’s dyed to match, etc. had persuaded this well-meaning person in to using this on bags that could likely be restored using more natural methods. I actually discussed this product with Jed Winokur. He likened it to using shellac on bags. He agrees that this stuff should NEVER be used on any vintage leather handbags of any worth. Coach uses vegetable tanned leathers and aniline dyes. This process allows the leathers to breath, expand, and contract making them adaptable to changing environmental conditions throughout their lifetime.
The Wood-N-Stuff is literally a rubbery coating that completely smothers the leather and threads destroying the structural integrity of the bag.
I will never condone the use, sales, or buying of bags treated with the stuff. If a bag looks too good to be true… ask for full disclosure.
If it’s been treated with Wood-N-Stuff Leather Refinisher, ask to return it or you’re setting yourself up for trouble down the road. This product and those similar to it might be fine for shoes, furniture, etc. But this is NOT safe for use on vintage handbags. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. I’ll be happy to help you if you’ve received a bag treated with this product.
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