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post #12181 of 19038
Thinking of getting a cheapo Oral B electric tooth brush (rotating head) to buff and polish hard to reach spots on shell pairs, or even to smooth out the blooming.

@DWFII

Thoughts on this? Any harm in slow rotating tooth brush bristles polishing shell?

Also, just tried the GlenK high shine wax on my AE burgundy shell Daltons. Beautiful shine after buffing with a brush. Maybe have to try his other polishes.
post #12182 of 19038
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Originally Posted by sacafotos View Post

Thinking of getting a cheapo Oral B electric tooth brush (rotating head) to buff and polish hard to reach spots on shell pairs, or even to smooth out the blooming.

@DWFII

Thoughts on this? Any harm in slow rotating tooth brush bristles polishing shell?

Also, just tried the GlenK high shine wax on my AE burgundy shell Daltons. Beautiful shine after buffing with a brush. Maybe have to try his other polishes.

I suspect if toothbrush is any soft. You might wind up scratch the hell out of your shell.

post #12183 of 19038
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Originally Posted by sacafotos View Post

Thinking of getting a cheapo Oral B electric tooth brush (rotating head) to buff and polish hard to reach spots on shell pairs, or even to smooth out the blooming.

@DWFII

Thoughts on this? Any harm in slow rotating tooth brush bristles polishing shell?

Also, just tried the GlenK high shine wax on my AE burgundy shell Daltons. Beautiful shine after buffing with a brush. Maybe have to try his other polishes.

A toothbrush is fundamentally a scrub brush...the bristles are plastic. So, would you use a scrub brush to brush your shoes?

A shoe brush is deeper and softer, the bristles are usually horse hair.

Also anytime you mechanize any process you cede control to the machine. If you try an electric toothbrush and it scratches the leather, it will scratch it more than once...simply because you're not able to monitor the effects one move at a time.
post #12184 of 19038
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Originally Posted by sacafotos View Post

Thinking of getting a cheapo Oral B electric tooth brush (rotating head) to buff and polish hard to reach spots on shell pairs, or even to smooth out the blooming.

@DWFII

Thoughts on this? Any harm in slow rotating tooth brush bristles polishing shell?

Also, just tried the GlenK high shine wax on my AE burgundy shell Daltons. Beautiful shine after buffing with a brush. Maybe have to try his other polishes.

You shouldn't have any problems getting to the entire shoe if you insert shoe trees prior to starting the work.
post #12185 of 19038

Re: Brushes

 

I am getting mixed up with my brushes and I want to rationalise them. For brushing after and before wearing, would it be reasonable to use the same brush for tan, brown and burgundy shoes? This is not about polishing after cleaning, use of cream etc. but just to give them a good brushing. I am getting fed up with different ones, all used to the same end. On the other hand, I don't want to end up with shoes that are all the same colours. 

 

Yours, as always,

 

Munky

post #12186 of 19038
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Originally Posted by Munky View Post

For brushing after and before wearing, would it be reasonable to use the same brush for tan, brown and burgundy shoes? This is not about polishing after cleaning, use of cream etc. but just to give them a good brushing.

I keep one brush by my dresser just for this purpose, and I use it for everything, brown, black, burg, etc. In my shoe care kit I use a different brush for each different color, but for just a quick brushing to remove dust and dirt before and after wearing I use the same brush for all. I haven't noticed any sort of cross contamination.
post #12187 of 19038

Me too.  I used to have a brush for black, another for brown, and one for burgundy.  Now I just use any brush for any pair and it seems fine.

post #12188 of 19038
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Originally Posted by Munky View Post

Re: Brushes

I am getting mixed up with my brushes and I want to rationalise them. For brushing after and before wearing, would it be reasonable to use the same brush for tan, brown and burgundy shoes? This is not about polishing after cleaning, use of cream etc. but just to give them a good brushing. I am getting fed up with different ones, all used to the same end. On the other hand, I don't want to end up with shoes that are all the same colours. 

Yours, as always,

Munky

[/quotIf it helps...brushes can be cleaned with hot soapy water. Run you're palm back and forth until the polish comes out. Then rinse to get all of the soap out. Do not let them dry upside down. If water settles into the wood, the wood will eventually crack and release the horse hair.e]
post #12189 of 19038
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Originally Posted by sacafotos View Post

Thinking of getting a cheapo Oral B electric tooth brush (rotating head) to buff and polish hard to reach spots on shell pairs, or even to smooth out the blooming.

Dont do this unless you want to ruin your shell shoes.
post #12190 of 19038
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Originally Posted by Munky View Post
 

Re: Brushes

 

I am getting mixed up with my brushes and I want to rationalise them. For brushing after and before wearing, would it be reasonable to use the same brush for tan, brown and burgundy shoes? This is not about polishing after cleaning, use of cream etc. but just to give them a good brushing. I am getting fed up with different ones, all used to the same end. On the other hand, I don't want to end up with shoes that are all the same colours. 

 

Yours, as always,

 

Munky

Munky,

 

Keep two different neutral brushes for routine rushing, and a few round head daubers just for dusting and soaping. My recommendation.

 

Travers.

post #12191 of 19038

Thanks for your useful comments, guys. I will go with the 'one brush fits all' idea for dusting off. 

post #12192 of 19038
Somewhere, I thought on this thread I have seen a picture of someone who has darkened the toe of a tan shoe brown with a lovely finish. Using I believe polish. Can anyone help me find the pictures or a link to such a technique as I've drawn a blank on all my searches. Thanks in advance
post #12193 of 19038
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Originally Posted by goatandtricycle View Post

Somewhere, I thought on this thread I have seen a picture of someone who has darkened the toe of a tan shoe brown with a lovely finish. Using I believe polish. Can anyone help me find the pictures or a link to such a technique as I've drawn a blank on all my searches. Thanks in advance

Look for patrick_b in the thread. He had the patinations done.

post #12194 of 19038

How about the same brush for polishing all colours?  After cream, wax or whatever?  In some videos of shoe cleaners, you see them with with a well used, multicoloured rag to put the polish on...so why not the same brush to take it off?  Would, the brush you use for your burgundy shoes, make your tan ones darker, over time? I like to think that I am moving into my minimalist phase. I have no black shoes, by the way. Just tan, brown and burgundy. 

post #12195 of 19038
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Originally Posted by Munky View Post

How about the same brush for polishing all colours?  After cream, wax or whatever?  In some videos of shoe cleaners, you see them with with a well used, multicoloured rag to put the polish on...so why not the same brush to take it off?  Would, the brush you use for your burgundy shoes, make your tan ones darker, over time? I like to think that I am moving into my minimalist phase. I have no black shoes, by the way. Just tan, brown and burgundy. 

If you think about it, brushes are bound to pick up waxes and creams. In fact, over a number of years you can actually see small clumps of wax stuck to the tips of the horse hair (which is might be a good indicator that the brush needs to be cleaned...or not).

If a brush is reserved for a certain (or very similar) colour, well, there's no harm in that build up, IMO.

But if you are using one brush for disparate colours, there is bound to be some transfer of colour.

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