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New Shells covered in polish? 

 

Hi Guys, 

I just got a pair of Shell PAs seconds from the recent sale and they’re great except that they’re completely covered in an excess of black polish. The worst is on the sides of the caps where the polish is caked on thickly. Buffing them with a damp cloth removes some of the wax but hasn’t really improved their condition. Has anyone else seen this on a new pair of shoes? I don’t remember previous pairs being so bad right out of the box. 

 

Here’s a quick pic with an older pair of shell Leeds for comparison. The Leeds don’t have the great shine some of the shoes posted here show, but they’re clean and shine up great with a little venetian cream. In the picture you can see the stains on the buffing cloth from the PAs…

 

 

 

 

I'm out of VSC right now, but have some more on the way and think that the solvents in that will help a bit. Any other tips? (Other than a lot of buffing?)

 

 

 


Edited by Indyboots - 1/3/14 at 9:25pm
post #36062 of 70737
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New Shells covered in polish?
This looks about right. AE often uses a ton of product on their shells to the point that many resort to saphir renovateur to pull out the worst of it. VSC works just as well, albeit more slowly... as does brushing until your arm falls off.
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Has anyone heard from Allison recently? I sent her an email on Tuesday and followed up yesterday (regarding a potential MTO) and I haven't heard back from her at all.

I think she's been quite loaded with emails since coming back from vacation. I sent her an email last Monday (dec 30) and only received a reply yesterday. So if she's on her Monday emails yesterday, she'll probably get to your email by Monday next week. Keep the fingers crossed :-)
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Originally Posted by Indyboots View Post
 

New Shells covered in polish? 

 

 

 

If you are serious about removing polish, Saphir Renomat is the answer. 

Beware that it is very powerful, but this is exactly what it is made for. 

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Not sure if any of you guys have ties to these Dalton's but DAMN! He used the MTO program to the fullest.

Looks like they are chocolate, navy, and maize. Very unique.

Very unique, and I am kind of intrigued. I think I could make those work… Cool make up.

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My MTO Shell Franciscans are heading back. They had only been worn twice when I noticed the finish was odd on the inside of the left shoe. I used some venetian shoe cream and a ton of brushing to try and even it out, no luck. 

 

I emailed with Allison last week and she sent me a call tag. Her supervisor and head of quality want to inspect the shell. She called the discoloration very unusual. The first 2 pics are pics from when they arrived new, and you can see on the 3rd picture how the finish is inconsistent near the sole. I am hopeful she will just discount them for me to seconds pricing and send them back. I really don't want to wait months for a new pair. 

 

AppleMark

 

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Originally Posted by hoit1981 View Post

Has anyone heard from Allison recently? I sent her an email on Tuesday and followed up yesterday (regarding a potential MTO) and I haven't heard back from her at all.

Spoke with her on Jan. 2.
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Originally Posted by GOP Shoe Guy View Post

My MTO Shell Franciscans are heading back. They had only been worn twice when I noticed the finish was odd on the inside of the left shoe. I used some venetian shoe cream and a ton of brushing to try and even it out, no luck. 

I emailed with Allison last week and she sent me a call tag. Her supervisor and head of quality want to inspect the shell. She called the discoloration very unusual. The first 2 pics are pics from when they arrived new, and you can see on the 3rd picture how the finish is inconsistent near the sole. I am hopeful she will just discount them for me to seconds pricing and send them back. I really don't want to wait months for a new pair. 

AppleMark


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AppleMark

My MTO cappuccino Adams, recently delivered, have also been sent back. One shoe is slightly lighter in color than the other. I am optimistic it will be an easy fix.
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The 3-73 is their widest last.  I'd be surprised if sizing up a width were ever necessary, but if you've had to, I can't argue with your experience.  If anything, I'd think going down one width would make more sense (but I went true to size).

For the 5-65 last, I think it depends on what you are trying to accomplish.  I am true to size from a comfort perspective, but the shoe flexes and creases in a funky way.  I found that going up a half length and down a width kept the same comfort, but made the shoe flex/crease much more appropriately.

For the 7-97 last, up a half length is better for me, but I can pull off true to size.

I'm true to size in the 1-511, and haven't messed with the 4-234.

I'm true to size on the 2-222 and the 8-108 lasts.
+1 on the comments on 3-73.  3-73 is a hard one for me because they don't have a C in this last - at least for my size.  So I go 1/2 size down in length and +1 in width.  Similar to the convention for the 5-65.

The 3-73 is both seldom used and tricky. I go up 1/2 size and down 2 widths (9.5D to 10B). The fit is splendid.
post #36070 of 70737

Thanks again to Cold Iron for his "Mac method while they're still warm" suggestion - if I may say so myself, the brown shell Strands are looking pretty sweet right about now:

 


Edited by halfnhalfnhalf - 1/4/14 at 3:55pm
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Thanks again to ColdIron for his "Mac method while they're still warm" suggestion - if I may say so myself, the brown shell Strands are looking pretty sweet right about now:



Excellent! I Mac'ed mine when I unboxed, and there was a considerable buildup of wax polish. Brushing brought some additional shone out.

Sadly, I haven't worn them yet because I need to get the stitch issue fixed and there's snow and slush on the ground.
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thats fine... I don't mean to be confrontational. Just my opinion thats all. to each their own.

I for one agree with you
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Originally Posted by halfnhalfnhalf View Post
 

Thanks again to Cold Iron for his "Mac method while they're still warm" suggestion - if I may say so myself, the brown shell Strands are looking pretty sweet right about now:

 

How old are these?  Asking because the brown seemed to have lightened up.  They actually look olive to me.  I like it.

post #36074 of 70737

Can anyone describe the difference of CXL and Dublin leather?  Thinking of an MTO boot and want to see which one to specify.  Thanks.

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Can anyone describe the difference of CXL and Dublin leather?  Thinking of an MTO boot and want to see which one to specify.  Thanks.

Dublin is Horween's waxed Essex leather which is calf that's treated with the same tanning techniques and cordovan I believe.

http://horween.com/leathers/

I researched this just the other day since I'm thinking about a boot in one of those two as well. It seems they'd have similar weather resistant properties, but I'm not 100% sure. I'd also be interested in answers.
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