Many Louis Vuitton bag lovers have come across a sticky pocket or interior. Certain bags using vuittonite, a vinyl-like material, for the pockets or interior commonly get sticky and peel over time. Here's how to fix a sticky Louis Vuitton pocket or lining.
Re-lining a Louis Vuitton interior or pocket can be very expensive. The Louis Vuitton store oftentimes charges more for a relining than the resale cost of the bag! It's tough to pay more for the re-lining than the bag itself, and it requires patience to wait for repairs. So here's a DIY fix.
Since this issue is fairly common in vintage crossbody bags, bucket bags, sac plat bags and more, several solutions have been proposed online.
Some dust baby powder onto the sticky surface, but this is only a temporary solution and requires repeat treatment over time. The buildup is somewhat off-putting.
Others use goo-gone or nail polish remover (with acetone) to remove the vuittonite entirely, leaving a fabric lining. This works well, particularly the nail polish remover, but requires a LOT of time and patience. And, if the pockets are only slightly sticky, coating the deteriorating vuittonite renders a superior result.
In our opinion, the best solution is to remove any excessive gunk from the canvas and pockets and apply a vinyl paint to the vuittonite. Be warned. This process is not recommended for those with very sensitive noses.
As you can see, when the pockets become very sticky, it can leave gross residue on any items placed inside the pocket. For some people like myself, it's not too big of a deal, because I rarely use handbag pockets. But, for many, this is a significant inconvenience.
When the pockets are very sticky like the beautiful Louis Vuitton blois bag used in this tutorial, there may be sticky residue on the monogram canvas inside the pocket. In this case, the residue should be removed as much as possible, leaving the canvas smooth and clean.
To do this, simply spread some Kiwi saddle soap onto some paper towels and scrub the canvas to remove the gunk. This requires some elbow grease and is the most tedious step of this tutorial.
Dirty paper towels after 20 minutes of intense scrubbing of the canvas inside the exterior pocket! Yuck!
Do this part outside, as it will smell very strongly of spray paint.
Before coating the sticky lining with vinyl paint, protect the rest of the bag from paint. This can be inserting paper into a pocket, using masking tape to cover surfaces that should not be painted, etc.
Here, I've inserted a folded piece of paper to protect the monogram canvas.
Then, by spraying some of the paint into a container, I transferred the vinyl paint onto the deteriorating vuittonite lining.
Be SUPER SUPER careful about not accidentally getting the paint elsewhere on the bag. If you do accidentally get it on the canvas, quickly dab a small paper towel with some nail polish remover and lightly rub until the stain is removed. If the paint gets on any vachetta leather, quickly wipe it off with a paper towel dampened with a little bit of water.
Nail polish remover with acetone is very strong and will remove just about any stain that is removable. However, it can also do some serious damage. It's so strong that it can even remove monogram print if you wanted it to!
For the interior pocket, I pulled it inside out, and covered the rest of the bag in plastic to protect it from the paint. Then, I spray painted the sides of the pocket.
After allowing the paint to dry mostly (about 1 hour), I inserted the pocket back in and finished off any un-painted parts in the opening with my foam brush.
When all the paint inside the pocket was dry, the interior pocket was pulled out. The bag lining smells very strongly of spray paint, so it needs to be aired out. I left the bag outside in an open box in a shaded, protected area with the pocket pulled out for 24 hours.
After this process, the bag's pockets are no longer sticky and completely usable. The new surface is a bit rough to the touch, but completely dry and not flaking.
If the pockets were not SO peeled and damaged, the paint may have had a smoother surface to adhere to, thus resulting in a smoother finish. The bag that was used in this guide had very poor condition pockets. They were completely peeled and very sticky.
As always, with any tutorial, please proceed at your own risk. Please be careful and cautious to directions provided.
Hope you found this interesting and useful.