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General Q&A Edition   Over the past few weeks I've answered a ton of questions relating to the "mirror shine" and general shoe care.  So, I thought that those who have posed questions in the past, or perhaps those who have only thought of asking questions, might appreciate another question and answer session today.  So, please ask any shoe shine related questions you might have today in this thread (messages are fine, but the thread is better so that everyone can...
Was otherwise obligated - those name tags last year were epic though.
The Jetlag Derby Edition Some pretty intense jetlag resulted in me starting Shoe Shine Sunday exceptionally early today.  Thankfully, this new pair of peccary split toes is pretty easy to maintain, so the quicker back to recovery (after today's match!) for me.  Join me by posting before and after photos here of your own polish job today! Remember to also cross-post to Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr (using the hashtag #shoeshinesunday)! Without further ado, let's...
 You may, but that is a bit superfluous in my opinion - just refresh the mirrored portion with a bit of Reno (to redistribute the top layer of wax, which may be all you need) and then, if necessary, more wax to restore the mirror shine. — RD
 If stored in the dust bags, you should be fine for a bit.  The better question is — why have you had brand new JLs sitting in the closet unworn for eight months? — RD
 No problem, @gettoasty - if you're shooting for a mirror shine, you don't necessarily need to use a conditioner on the toe, but a bit of Renovateur or Leather Lotion isn't a terrible idea. - RD
Generally not very long, in the neighborhood of 20-30 seconds. More wax is usually never the answer, as only a minute amount of wax is necessary to begin with, so usually a bit more water is needed if the wax isn't working in well (also dial back on the amount of wax being used).I let the first 5 or so coats dry for 5-10 minutes, respectively. Thereafter, you can usually proceed without letting each layer sit to dry. You know it is ready for the next coat when the wax...
It's more likely that you didn't have enough water involved. Too much wax will often create a "sticky" feeling, whereas lack of water will usually create the "scraping" feeling you describe.As Kirby mentioned, once you have worked the wax from hazy to clear/shiny, move on to the next coat.
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