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post #16 of 20
When polishing my work boots, I use a heat gun to melt the wax.

Works the same, only a LOT safer.

myke
post #17 of 20
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Originally Posted by Journeyman View Post
I think that the technique of burning the polish a little with a lighter is quite common in the armed forces. I don't know whether it really works or not, but the theory is that by taking a lighter to the polish before applying it, it burns off some of the ingredients (alcohol, perhaps?) in the polish, and it makes it easier to get a high shine.

Yep, used to do it like that back in my army cadet days. Lit the polish (Kiwi) with a match, let it melt, put it out with help of the lid then applied it. Don't know anything about the chemistry involved but my boots looked like glass when finished. Main thing: did it out on the back porch!

Cheers
post #18 of 20
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Originally Posted by amce View Post
Yep, used to do it like that back in my army cadet days. Lit the polish (Kiwi) with a match, let it melt, put it out with help of the lid then applied it. Don't know anything about the chemistry involved but my boots looked like glass when finished. Main thing: did it out on the back porch!

Cheers

I use to apply the polish to the shoe/boot directly then take a lighter to it. The theory was the melting polish would seep into the pores of the leather and harden thereby making a spit shine easier/faster. You'd hold the lighter over the shoe/boot just long enough to melt the wax...you'd spread excess wax around the area to get greater coverage. Seemed to work fairly well anyway.
post #19 of 20
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Originally Posted by Arrogant Bastard View Post
You're correct in that it's an old military technique (my grandpa used to do it in WWII). But I'm not sure it has anything to do with burning off alcohol or whatnot. Pretty sure it's just supposed to warm up the polish, reducing viscosity, and thus making it easier to work into the leather. Whatever the case, I'm too scared and far too accident-prone to try it myself.

Another technique is to put in a few drops of water and rub it into the polish so that it takes on a waxy consistency on the top layer, apply it to the shoe, and then hold it over the stove to heat up the polish so that it absorbs into the leather better.
post #20 of 20
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Originally Posted by DocHolliday View Post
No way. He used his clothes to try to extinguish the fire. A forumite would have grabbed the dog or a priceless painting first.

hahaha
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