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post #12196 of 19050

Thanks, DWF, that's really helpful. 

post #12197 of 19050
I guess I use 5 brushes. One by my dresser that I mentioned earlier for dust at the start/end of day for all colors, then Black, Lt/Med Brown, Dark Brown, and Burg brushes in my kit that I just labelled with a Sharpie. I use the black brush for my one pair of navy and it seems fine so far. If I get any more maybe I'll need a dedicated brush. I tend to use very little polish and apply with a rag instead of a dauber so there really isn't a ton of excess to build up on the brushes anyway.
post #12198 of 19050

That's a lot of brushes, Fred!

post #12199 of 19050
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Originally Posted by Munky View Post

That's a lot of brushes, Fred!
Probably overkill. I assume most people get by with one for black and one for brown, but it works for me. I just stand 'em up in the back of the box:
post #12200 of 19050

An impressive collection, Fred!  I note that your cloths seem to be 'multicoloured' though. Do you use the same cloth for a range of colours, or keep them separate?  Are those Selvyt cloths?  I use them are find them very useful: one side for putting on the polish, the other side for finishing up. They go in the washing machine and come up 'like new'.

post #12201 of 19050
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Originally Posted by Munky View Post

 I note that your cloths seem to be 'multicoloured' though. Do you use the same cloth for a range of colours, or keep them separate?  Are those Selvyt cloths?  

They are just AE cloths or old t-shirts. I just use an unused spot, then move on to the next unused spot. Nothing very organized about it. When the rag is completely full without any unused spots I just toss it. I don't know why, but it never occurred to me to wash them before. I guess I thought all the polish would be bad for the washer or something. If you think the Selvyt cloths are better than plain old t-shirts I'll give them a try. I know some guys recommend the little round make-up applicators as well. I should steal some of my wife's and try those at some point too.
post #12202 of 19050

I suspect that the 'old tee shirt' issue is also a cultural issue.  On the UK side of the pond, I suspect that we don't wear enough tee shirts to necessarily have 'old ones', to hand!  I find that the Selvyt cloths work really well. My wife raises no objections to their being put in the washing machine and although you can see the 'shadows' of deep colours in them, they wash up very well. I use small ones to put on polish [brush them] and then a very large one to add the final polish. The 'final polish' cloth can be used with any colour shoe. 

post #12203 of 19050
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Originally Posted by Fred G. Unn View Post

I guess I use 5 brushes. One by my dresser that I mentioned earlier for dust at the start/end of day for all colors, then Black, Lt/Med Brown, Dark Brown, and Burg brushes in my kit that I just labelled with a Sharpie.

Similar here.
Dedicated colour brushes to work cream/polish in after apply/dry, and a generic all-colour one for final shine, and pre-wear shine.

I do use a damp selvyt in between, so there is almost no chance of the "shine brush" getting coloured much.
post #12204 of 19050
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Originally Posted by Munky View Post
 

I suspect that the 'old tee shirt' issue is also a cultural issue.  On the UK side of the pond, I suspect that we don't wear enough tee shirts to necessarily have 'old ones', to hand!  I find that the Selvyt cloths work really well. My wife raises no objections to their being put in the washing machine and although you can see the 'shadows' of deep colours in them, they wash up very well. I use small ones to put on polish [brush them] and then a very large one to add the final polish. The 'final polish' cloth can be used with any colour shoe. 

Selvyt cloth is THE shit, Munky. I bought a whole stack of them. I even used them to clean up grease and dubbins, because the cloth was lint free.

post #12205 of 19050

Here are my boots:

 


Here are the two products I bought to protect the leather:

 


Here is my question: Which product should I use? Both? If both, in which order should I apply them?

 

Thanks in advance.

post #12206 of 19050
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Can you guys tell me whats up with the cracking/discoloration of where the toe creases are? Is it excess polish? Water/salt damage?

Also, to please provide a remdy? Thanks.
post #12207 of 19050
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Originally Posted by Josh Savage View Post
 

Here are my boots:

 


Here are the two products I bought to protect the leather:

 


Here is my question: Which product should I use? Both? If both, in which order should I apply them?

 

Thanks in advance.

Generally to know , if you put the oil first and then the lotion you are completely wasting it!! oil ll prevent the lotion to get in the leather!!(99% if you apply the oil you dont need  to apply the lotion) oil(mink oil -dubbin etc) are for leather like the shoes you are posted are made off (waxy-oily processed leather in general terms:hiking boots for example) when lotions are mostly for  calf leather (like the one used on more formal shoes). hope i helped a little bit

 

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Originally Posted by charliebrown2 View Post

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Can you guys tell me whats up with the cracking/discoloration of where the toe creases are? Is it excess polish? Water/salt damage?

Also, to please provide a remdy? Thanks.

the photo is not clear to say for sure but 99% there is a water mark around the center of the vamp(creasing area) when most of the  creases appear to be in the polish!!

quick test: brush vigorously and if you see the creases getting less noticeable  then its just on polish! else or the leather is quite dried or water stained!

post #12208 of 19050
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Originally Posted by Fred G. Unn View Post


Probably overkill. I assume most people get by with one for black and one for brown, but it works for me. I just stand 'em up in the back of the box:

hahhaha i think you are just fine Fred!! you have to see my drawer to see what overkill means hahaha

post #12209 of 19050
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Originally Posted by benhour View Post

 

the photo is not clear to say for sure but 99% there is a water mark around the center of the vamp(creasing area) when most of the  creases appear to be in the polish!!

quick test: brush vigorously and if you see the creases getting less noticeable  then its just on polish! else or the leather is quite dried or water stained!

 

No effect when I tried brushed vigorously.  I'll try conditioning it to hopefully moistened it up a bit, but is there any advice on how to get rid of the water mark in the center vamp?

 

So during my last polish, my routine was: 1) wiped and brushed dust/debris 2) condition/cleaner, let dry, brush 3) AE premium polish, let dry, brush.  At the end everything looked fine and even colored, but once I wore them, the crease area started looking like it looks now where there's discoloration around the creases and what appears to be some cracking.  I wonder if something was wrong with my routine?

 

 

post #12210 of 19050

Too much wax or polish (you are using cream or wax?) in the vamp where it creases.  Use less stuff.  

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