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EG restoration, polish flaking around creases

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I'm restoring a wonderful vintage pair of Edward Greens I picked up on eBay. 202 last, wingtip oxford in a mid-brown with great natural patina. The leather was fairly dry though, and they had no trees (and probably hadn't had any for a while). All of the punching holes were pretty gummed up.

I gave them a good cleaning with AE cleaner/conditioner, cleaned out all the holes, went over them with Saphir medium brown wax polish (I didn't have any cream), and replaced the laces.

They turned out amazing. I was all ready to post pictures here, but when I put them on I immediately got quite a bit of flaking around all of the creases, which appeared like a fine white powder. Unfortunately, this really emphasizes the creasing.

Any advice on how best to deal with this?
post #2 of 6
It's probably the built-up of old, neutral wax polish. Use a cloth dampened with rubbing alcohol (or vodka) and wipe over the creases. That should do the trick and take off the excessive wax.
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Originally Posted by bengal-stripe
It's probably the built-up of old, neutral wax polish. Use a cloth dampened with rubbing alcohol (or vodka) and wipe over the creases. That should do the trick and take off the excessive wax.

Vodka? I like the sound of that.
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Originally Posted by skalogre
Vodka? I like the sound of that.
It's supposed to go onto the shoes!!!
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Originally Posted by bengal-stripe
It's supposed to go onto the shoes!!!




Fine, you got me there. That is also the reason I like recipes that involve wine, gives me an excuse to finish off the remainder of the bottle to minimise waste
post #6 of 6
Thread Starter 
This is my kind of problem: one where the solution is to sit down and have a drink--or at least, share one with my shoes.

Thanks for the advice.
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