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post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 
Hi all,

I'm new, been reading the forum for some time now and finally decided to register

anyway i purchased a lovely pair of shoes, decided to give them the first polish next day. After spending a hell of a time polishing and buffing (the shoes), they are nowhere near as they were out of the factory. I used kiwi PARADE GLOSS which i now believe to be a mistake.

Any ideas on how i can get it back to factory state and restart with normal kiwi black? would polishing over it with normal black do the job?

all help much appreciated

Thanks,
post #2 of 7
I would wipe with alcohol to strip the parade gloss off, then use a crema alpina if you have it, then a shoe cream and finish with the kiwi. if you dont have the alpina, just skip that step.

parade gloss is garbage as it has silicone in it (IIRC).
post #3 of 7
Thread Starter 
Thanks max n harry,
will the alcohol take it back to factory shine? as the shoes are dullish with the polish on, also will the alcohol affect the leather in a negative way?
post #4 of 7
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Originally Posted by innerspaceboy View Post
Thanks max n harry,
will the alcohol take it back to factory shine? as the shoes are dullish with the polish on, also will the alcohol affect the leather in a negative way?

no-the alcohol will take the parade gloss off and then you need to start from the beginning.

Here's one way

http://blog.leffot.com/2009/08/13/shine-time-2/

Here's another

http://www.styleforum.net/showthread.php?t=55732

Good luck
post #5 of 7
Use the search function a little - there are some excellent tutorials on shoe polishing. Everything you need to know.
post #6 of 7
Parade gloss although you get a great result the first few times of use please beware that you're getting yourself into a whole lot of trouble. I used this from a recommendation and thought it was great initially. However, after the third or forth time and after much elbow grease I could not get a shine. My shoes just looked very dull and uncared for.
post #7 of 7
I've sometimes just used a cream for the initial polishing until it develops some protection. Then would use conventional or even Parade Gloss after a few weeks/polishes. Seems to have worked for me for the past few years.
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