I've noticed that AE's are hard to get a real good mirror shine on them. My friend gave me his to polish up and it took a huge effort. I think it has to do with the finish they apply to their leathers, or from the tannery, who knows, but it seems almost like a poly coat of sorts.
It did not involve painkillers of any sort but they knocked me out for about 20 minutes. They told me I have gastritis and should cut down on the coffee on an empty stomach thing. They also said cut down on acidic and spicy stuff. I love vinegar and Dijon so much though! Oh and wine, I love that too.