I had been handed a vintage bayonet scabbard (circa 1907) and was asked if I could do anything with it. The scabbard was made of leather with a steel shank at the base and a steel tip at the end. The problem? At some point in its recent history someone had decided to apply silver paint to the leather, apparently in a misguided effort to "improve" its appearance by matching its colour to the steel at each end.
Fortunately, I was able to remove the silver paint and bring the leather back to a partially restored state as requested by the owner, who was extremely happy with the result as its appearance was now consistent with the overall condition of the piece.