A friend told me about that.


It is a solution by retro-computer-heads to clean yellowed computers and parts.

The ingredients can be purchased online and it can be kept a long time once it is mixed.

It should be good for cleaning the yellowed parts on vintage shoes.

He used it on an yellowed adidas Superstar shelltoe with impressive results. Looked almost like new afterwards.

I tried it myself but with a rather minimal outcome, I guess the UV beams are important since I just left it indoors.

I used it on yellowed suede as well and with visible results after the first try. It should work even better with several applications and exposure to actual sunlight.



After seeing all the example pics (noting that they don’t want to sell anything so the pics are legit) and the result of my friend, I guess my minimal outcome was my own fault and this stuff really works.

There are not many solutions to use on yellowed stuff to make it more white, so it is worth a shot. The ingredients are cheap so there is no reason not to try it.


I would keep it away from glued parts as it may dissolve glue and you may have to re-glue soles after using it.

Attention is a must when using it. Use gloves etc. This stuff is aggressive and it may discolor your pants for example.

The original magical “Retr0bright” gel mixture that was found to work is:

  • 1 pint (500ml) Hydrogen-peroxide, 10 to 15% strength (40 vol) (available from hairdressers’ supplies)
  • 2 heaped tablespoonfuls of Xanthan-gum (available from health food shops or online)
  • 1 level teaspoonful of Glycerine (available from pharmacies)


  • 1/4 teaspoonful of “Oxy” laundry booster

After mixing the rest, the “Oxy” should be kept seperately and mixed in only before the actual usage.

Common sense should be that you never mix the whole mixture, only a small part since that will be enough for many shoes/ applications.

After reading the ingredients, it should be similar used as hair-dyeing products which are only used with gloves too.

There are some products like SoleGlow or by Reshoevn8r, but by comparison this is easier to get and cheaper.

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