Originally Posted by Wes Bourne
DWF, re mirror shines: I've had better results polishing and brushing a couple of coats of wax all over the shoes, then applying some wax just on the caps and rear quarters to be mirror shined. Some more wax on the strip of cloth (old t-shirt) wrapped around my fingers and dropping a single droplet of water at a time with my pinkie on the area to worked on. As you mentioned, I've also ruined some good bases of wax by slightly dipping my polishing cloth directly in a bowl of cool water the way some recommend. No secret solution of nozzle dispenser required.
Wes, I have no special expertise in this area...except what being in the military (paratroopers) and spit-shining my boots would confer. But I think you've got the right idea. That's pretty much the way I do it, as well, except I use spit rather than water. I like to see roughly a half dozen droplets no bigger than the ball in a ball point pen, and I breathe heavily on the next, very thin layer of wax rather than spit. People worry about what might be in spit but what might be in water? If it's hard it has some minerals that will build up...at least in tea kettles. If it's soft, what is used to soften it? Used to be it was salt. That said, I've used water as well and if it is, as you said, applied real sparingly...there's probably not much difference.