Originally Posted by wallateer
Sysdoc, maybe you can tell me about your shoe shine method. I couldn't find any posts with it. Thanks.
I can give you my adapted version, though I'd definitely love to see Sysdoc's full explanation reposted:
After cleaning/stripping/whatever else, apply a thin layer of polish all over the shoe/boot. Allow to cure for a good amount of time, maybe an hour, maybe overnight. Buff to a shine. On the toes and heel counter area (the stiffened, smoother areas of the shoe), you can do the mirror shine. Get some polish on a cotton face pad, the kind that look like a tufted pillow. Pour a little bit of water in the lid of the polish tin. Tap the pad into the water. Wipe the pad in a circular motion on the shoe's toe. Get more polish, and a little bit of water, wiping in a small circle, repeat until you feel it suddenly smoothe out in the area you're working (you will know when you try it). Move on to the next area until you have covered the whole toe and the heel counters. It can take a while the first time since you are making a solid layer of smoothed out wax polish. Once the area is thoroughly smoothed over with polish, stop and allow it to cure overnight, or as long as you can wait. Then use a soft cloth to very gently buff the shoe to a brilliant shine. I use one of the flannel shoe bags that came with my CT boots - turn the bag inside out, put my hand in it and use it to gently smoothe over the toe and heel counter. You don't want to use a brisk or strong motion on this, because you want to maintain the layer of polish. Let me know if you have any questions.
Edit: this is the kind of pad: