Hey ladies!! Im so excited to contribute to this community!! I’m super thankful for our mods and members who post amazing reviews, tutorials, reference and haul posts!! This week I landed upon a GOLD MINE (pun intended) of a hack and couldn’t wait to share.
A few months ago u/konacoffeeyogi posted a review on a beige Medium CF with Light Gold hardware that she purchased from BST. And I fell in love. I absolutely LOVE light gold hardware and I thought this beige (19B) complimented it perfectly.
So of course, I immediately messaged the seller and purchased the bag. QC pics looked good and so I GL’d. When the bag arrived, I was super happy with the caviar color! But in some lighting the hardware looked more like the classic deep gold. I realized that the chain straps were indeed light gold but all the hardware on the bag was much warmer and deeper- closer to a 24K gold tone. I was bummed, but sometimes that’s the way the rep life crumbles. I did not contact the seller, as I’m aware of ALL the risks when I purchase a rep.
But I loved the beige color of the bag and thought there must be a way to make it “less gold”. I’m definitely a DIYer by nature and started googling about gold plating. I came to the conclusion that my hardware was definitely silver below the gold plating. If I could find the right product to wear down the orange gold, without completely stripping it- MAYBE I could salvage this bag!!
I went with a glass cook top cleaner that is really a polishing agent. I taped off the shoulder straps to protect them. In hindsight, I would probably tape around the hardware to protect the leather. My bag is light in color so I didn’t do this, but I do think it lightened the stitching a little. I started on the hardware (inside the bag) in case things went south. I took a small amount of the cleaner onto a q-tip and gently applied to the hardware in an even circular motion. I continued to work the polishing cream for about a minute. Then I used a microfiber towel to buff the product off. The hardware definitely looked lighter! I repeated this process several times until I was happy with the lightness and tone. I definitely was not very neat with the cleaner, it did get on the leather but it didn’t damage the caviar and I did try to clean it off quickly. Below, I’ve linked some before & after images, the exact glass stove top polish I used and a short video. Thanks for reading! Hope this helps!
Gold hardware pics and video