Originally Posted by Leaveitothexperts
I believe I have gone through the stuff you mention above, but did not seem to come across the issue I have. I did exactly what you are saying with the conditioner. I was not able to get the rag to glide easlily over the Lexol conditioner after about 10 minutes. In fact the rag started to leave fine lint on the shoe. It was pretty stiff/sticky. I was not using cream since I used Lexol. I decided to go with wax polish instead. The rubbing/buffing on the surface is now smoother than it was after I applied the Lexol, but it keeps having the polish haze. Should I just continue for some more with polish and water mixture for some time and the shine should appear?
The sticky effect you are describing could result from using the Lexol product that is the Lexol NF. That is neatsfoot oil and is in a very light colored - beige - plastic bottle. It is a thicker oil prodict used for waterproofing and protection on boots. It will become sticky if applied too generously and allowed to somewhat dry before removal. It will really kill and shine attempt for a long time. The comment of the cobbler that you would have a problem getting a high shine "after Lexol" also leads me to believe you may have used the neatsfoot oil Lexol product.
There are two other Lexol products that I have. One is the cleaner and is in a bright orange bottle. The other is the conditioner and is in a fairly dark brown plastic bottle. I've never had a sticky problem with either of these last two products. And, if I did have your situation, I would use some of the Lexol Cleaner to attempt to clean up whatever was on the shoes that is making them sticky.
My general practice is to apply the Lexol Conditioner very liberally to one shoe. Then do the same to the second shoe. Immediately wipe off the first shoe and brush a bit to make sure all of the softened junk is knocked off. Then wipe off the second shoe and brush it. I really don't worry too much about complete removal of the conditioner. The brushing will get the excess removed from any punching and the seams where it might have built up from the original application.
Following that, I proceed to apply the Meltonian shoe cream in the colors that I want to use. Use the same procedure of applying to one shoe, set that one aside to dry for the couple of minutes it takes to apply cream to the second shoe, brush the first and then brush the second. Ron Rider suggests using conditioner again. That is not my general practice but could be an improvement.
After a couple of weeks of that routine, the shoes should have developed a pretty darned good shine. It does get better as the many applications of the conditioner will cause the cream to be absorbed into the leather. The shine will be just a bit more mellow than with the spit shine and is much easier to maintain. I don't believe that it creates the same wax buildup either.
You may want to search for a recent post by Ron Rider. Within his signature is a link to a blog which he has recently started on shoes and shoe care. A recent post describes his procedure for polishing shoes. I don't disagree in any way with his recommendations. I would probably consider tham a bit of overkill for my purposes though. Mine is generally pretty simple and takes about 10 - 15 minutes. Wipe off the dirt. Apply conditioner as earlier described. Apply shoe cream as earlier described. Brush well and put the trees back into the shoes.
Good luck with your shoe project.