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post #10711 of 19072
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Originally Posted by sleepyinsanfran View Post
 


too much polish, esp if a soft cloth leaves a trail when you rub

 

 

 

Thank you for the tip, it actually was perfect advice. I used less polish and added more water and it started giving me that smooth resistance again. Almost finished, going to go add one or two more light layers tomorrow after it dries, then nylon.

 

Looks reddish but that's just lighting. It's definitely darker since I added dark brown cream and black polish where I wanted it. Real life doesn't look as dark brown as it does in the picture.

 

Any tips on improving the look? I personally didn't want the whole cap evenly shiny so I purposely shined the edges more than the middle. I left the crease sections slightly unpolished, still shined, polished the sides a bit, added some black, and semi-mirror polished the heels. Upper is slightly polished but not quite reflective, I just figured it would end up looking like a patent shoe which I don't really like.

post #10712 of 19072
They look great!
post #10713 of 19072
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Originally Posted by SushiOfTheGods View Post
 

 

 

 

Thank you for the tip, it actually was perfect advice. I used less polish and added more water and it started giving me that smooth resistance again. Almost finished, going to go add one or two more light layers tomorrow after it dries, then nylon.

 

Looks reddish but that's just lighting. It's definitely darker since I added dark brown cream and black polish where I wanted it. Real life doesn't look as dark brown as it does in the picture.

 

Any tips on improving the look? I personally didn't want the whole cap evenly shiny so I purposely shined the edges more than the middle. I left the crease sections slightly unpolished, still shined, polished the sides a bit, added some black, and semi-mirror polished the heels. Upper is slightly polished but not quite reflective, I just figured it would end up looking like a patent shoe which I don't really like.

Very nice, good job. I use neutral wax for last 2 layers to give some depth, but this is not critical.

post #10714 of 19072
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Originally Posted by SushiOfTheGods View Post
 

 

 

 

Thank you for the tip, it actually was perfect advice. I used less polish and added more water and it started giving me that smooth resistance again. Almost finished, going to go add one or two more light layers tomorrow after it dries, then nylon.

 

Looks reddish but that's just lighting. It's definitely darker since I added dark brown cream and black polish where I wanted it. Real life doesn't look as dark brown as it does in the picture.

 

Any tips on improving the look? I personally didn't want the whole cap evenly shiny so I purposely shined the edges more than the middle. I left the crease sections slightly unpolished, still shined, polished the sides a bit, added some black, and semi-mirror polished the heels. Upper is slightly polished but not quite reflective, I just figured it would end up looking like a patent shoe which I don't really like.

 

Looks great!! I like what you did with shining the edges more than the middle so you avoid the uniformly polished toecap, which can look affected.  Also the shoe looks sleeker with your method. :cheers:

 

I have dialed down my own mirror shine routine since I moved to an organization with a more relaxed (sartorially challenged :facepalm:) environment.

post #10715 of 19072
Hi,

I bought a new pair of shoes from Herring and I wore them for 1 minute to see how they would fit. I have not worn them since and I noticed these tonight :


(I am sorry for the awful quality of the pictures but you should be able to see the minor faults I mentioned...)
Shall I send them back, or, will polishing them get rid of these marks ?
post #10716 of 19072
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Originally Posted by Satmoche View Post

Hi,

I bought a new pair of shoes from Herring and I wore them for 1 minute to see how they would fit. I have not worn them since and I noticed these tonight : Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)


(I am sorry for the awful quality of the pictures but you should be able to see the minor faults I mentioned...)
Shall I send them back, or, will polishing them get rid of these marks ?

Those are scratches from your fingernails, or the corners of a car door, or your date's shoes, or even your own shoes--something that happened after the shoes were finished and in your hands, in other words. Polish will probably smooth the marks out, and even away, but in any case, the chances that the manufacturer (or even the retailer) will take them back are slim to none.

Such marks are par for the course on some leathers and esp. some colours of leather.

Dinna fash yerself, laddie.

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Edited by DWFII - 9/21/14 at 4:53pm
post #10717 of 19072
DW is correct, those should polish out fine. No harm no foul.
post #10718 of 19072

I agree; quick polish with some matching creams will be able to cover them up nicely 

post #10719 of 19072



J
ust thought i'll share some pictures of shoes that we were sent in to us for polishing 

post #10720 of 19072

Anyone have any idea what the mark on this shoe is and how to get rid of it? I wore them out one day and when I came home I noticed this!

 

I have tried the Saphir Omnidaim on this area (and a few other spots on the shoes, which it cleaned really well) but it didn't seem to do anything.

 

TIA

 

 

 

post #10721 of 19072
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Originally Posted by davesmith View Post

Anyone have any idea what the mark on this shoe is and how to get rid of it? I wore them out one day and when I came home I noticed this!

I have tried the Saphir Omnidaim on this area (and a few other spots on the shoes, which it cleaned really well) but it didn't seem to do anything.

TIA

Oil...almost certainly. Dunno what else it could be.

Fuller's Earth applied, allowed to sit overnight and brushed off with a suede brush. Repeat daily for a week.

"Take two chocolate chip cookies at bedtime and call me in the morning."
post #10722 of 19072
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Originally Posted by DWFII View Post


Oil...almost certainly. Dunno what else it could be.

Fuller's Earth applied, allowed to sit overnight and brushed off with a suede brush. Repeat daily for a week.

"Take two chocolate chip cookies at bedtime and call me in the morning."

 

No idea how oil got on the shoe.

 

You mean this stuff? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fuller's_earth - Is it as simple as putting the powder on and leaving it?

 

 

Thanks!

post #10723 of 19072
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Originally Posted by davesmith View Post

No idea how oil got on the shoe.

You mean this stuff? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fuller's_earth - Is it as simple as putting the powder on and leaving it?


Thanks!

Yes, that's it. If you read the Wiki it says that fullers--people, who in times past made felt from sheeps wool--blended the clay with the wool to absorb the lanolin and suint.

If you're doubtful...ask yourself "what can it hurt?" It's just powdered clay....seriously.

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Edited by DWFII - 9/22/14 at 7:00am
post #10724 of 19072
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Originally Posted by DWFII View Post

Those are scratches from your fingernails, or the corners of a car door, or your date's shoes, or even your own shoes--something that happened after the shoes were finished and in your hands, in other words. Polish will probably smooth the marks out, and even away, but in any case, the chances that the manufacturer (or even the retailer) will take them back are slim to none.

Such marks are par for the course on some leathers and esp. some colours of leather.

Dinna fash yerself, laddie.

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Originally Posted by DpprDr View Post

DW is correct, those should polish out fine. No harm no foul.

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Originally Posted by MasonAndSmith View Post

I agree; quick polish with some matching creams will be able to cover them up nicely 

Thanks gents !
I bought a Cherry Blossom mid brown renovating shoe product for it.
The employees of the shop I was in told me that I do not need to buy both the renovating shoe polish and a shoe polish. What's your opinion ?
post #10725 of 19072
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Originally Posted by kentyman View Post
 

I had a little accident with some new (to me) Allen Edmonds Sanfords in Whiskey Shell. I found that a stray onion from my oily Greek salad had latched on to the side and made a very dark spot. I tried to work it would with some Renovateur (the Beaute du Cuir version), but it didn't seem to have much of an effect even after waiting overnight. Unsure if the stain was more from oil or just more of a "watermark", I put a wet piece over paper towel over the area to hopefully dilute the stain. Indeed, most of the stain seems to be a watermark, as I've basically just made the problem bigger (though you can see the original stain in the middle):

 

 

Is there anything that can be done to remove the watermark? If I don't want them to look uneven, am I forced to "stain" the whole panel/shoe with water? If so, will they be permanently darkened, or should they lighten back with time?

 

Thanks for your insight.

 

Here's a little follow-up.

 

I first tried the rubber cement as suggested by DWFII, and was pretty impressed with it's ability to lighten by removing oil. Unfortunately, it is hard to really pinpoint where it removes, especially since I spread the problem around with water as shown above. But as you can see below, I was able to splotchily lighten as in the picture below. The lighter parts are where the thicker parts of the rubber cement were. Sadly, it didn't remove the watermarks:

 

 

I now wanted to solve the watermark problem, so I took patrickBOOTH's suggestion of vinegar/water. I decided to cover most of that panel of leather with the solution and use paper towels to hold it in place. Interestingly, you can see that some spots simply wouldn't absorb any:

 

 

 

Sadly, the results aren't much better. The original stain is gone, but I'm not sure how to remove the watermarks and the extreme dark contrast, short of soaking the whole damn shoe and losing the beautiful light shell that remains:

 

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