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post #13711 of 19072
Just make sure to keep an eye on it. It really depends on your rotation of shoes how long the leather soles will last. Some of us can go a whole month without wearing the same shoe twice.
post #13712 of 19072
Just checking in to make one observation and one confession.

First, I'm finding it impossible to get a mirror shine with Saphir's clear polish. It's in a large tin that's probably 6 months old. It's still very soft and I have a feeling it'll work better when it's dried out. I'm confident it's not my technique -- I get an awesome, blinding shine with the Saphir black polish. Anyone know why?

Now the confession. Before buying Saphir, I had a tin of clear Kiwi polish that's probably 8 years old and which started to crumble. Inspired by the movie Taxi Driver, I lit it on fire to melt it down. After cooling, the wax is really hard. Resulted in a fantastic mirror shine. In the tin, the wax became pretty brittle, however, and it quickly started to crumble again. I put it away for a while in favor of Saphir, but with my problems above, I decided to melt down the Kiwi again and use it. Again, resulted in a fantastic shine.

I poked around the forum and was surprised to see that nobody had lit / melted down their polish before and posted results -- in fact, the consensus was that it would be a waste of time at minimum, and could ruin your shoes. I'm curious if anyone else has tried it and whether it worked for you. If you think I'm causing harm to the shoe, I'd like to hear why you think so.

Another observation -- Saphir stinks to high hell. I've been relegated to polishing in the garage, and I won't admit it considering how much I've spent on shoecare, but I'm pretty sure it's killing my eyes...
post #13713 of 19072
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Originally Posted by Renault78law View Post

Just checking in to make one observation and one confession.

First, I'm finding it impossible to get a mirror shine with Saphir's clear polish. It's in a large tin that's probably 6 months old. It's still very soft and I have a feeling it'll work better when it's dried out. I'm confident it's not my technique -- I get an awesome, blinding shine with the Saphir black polish. Anyone know why?

Now the confession. Before buying Saphir, I had a tin of clear Kiwi polish that's probably 8 years old and which started to crumble. Inspired by the movie Taxi Driver, I lit it on fire to melt it down. After cooling, the wax is really hard. Resulted in a fantastic mirror shine. In the tin, the wax became pretty brittle, however, and it quickly started to crumble again. I put it away for a while in favor of Saphir, but with my problems above, I decided to melt down the Kiwi again and use it. Again, resulted in a fantastic shine.

I poked around the forum and was surprised to see that nobody had lit / melted down their polish before and posted results -- in fact, the consensus was that it would be a waste of time at minimum, and could ruin your shoes. I'm curious if anyone else has tried it and whether it worked for you. If you think I'm causing harm to the shoe, I'd like to hear why you think so.

Another observation -- Saphir stinks to high hell. I've been relegated to polishing in the garage, and I won't admit it considering how much I've spent on shoecare, but I'm pretty sure it's killing my eyes...

 

 

  i am not considering my self a guru of shoe polishing but i know some things, 99% from personal experience and i ll try to help you out!

 

yes black polish of saphir produce a mirror shine far easier than the neutral!!(i suspect that dye helps in solidification ) and generally the neutral MDO saphir  is harder to produce a mirror shine even comparing it to the neutral pomadier wax of saphir !! it has very high concentration of solvents and dissolve the previous layers!! so i dont think  your technique has a problem!!(i have solved the problem by blowing during the circular motion while i am mirror shining )

 

Now according to setting wax on fire!! if you use it for mirror shinning there is no problem at all!! other way you lose all the solvents and oils (no nourishing after burning)

post #13714 of 19072
Not sure where I read it, but got the great idea of using a smooth, thin pillow case as final polishing cloth in the bulling process.

Found a perfect one that me or the wife won't miss, got a new pair of burgundy santoni via ebay on the way, and will have a shoe shine evening Wed watching my beloved Illini take on Iowa.
post #13715 of 19072
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Originally Posted by Beach Bum View Post

Not sure where I read it, but got the great idea of using a smooth, thin pillow case as final polishing cloth in the bulling process.
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Nylon stocking.
post #13716 of 19072
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Nylon stocking.


this doesnt work for me !

post #13717 of 19072

what's the best way to remove scoff marks from burnished leather (black)?  also what's the best way to shine them in general?

post #13718 of 19072
It has to do with the solvents in the polish. My complaint for some time about Saphir wax is there's too much turp in it. Whenever I would buy a new tin of the stuff I would leave the lid off for a week or so to dry it up. Makes mirror shining easier.

I don't like the idea of lighting wax on fire. All you're doing is causing the solvents to burn. Wax that gets too hot can break down and not work as intended. Glen has a tutorial on how to melt it properly and such on his old leather shoe blog.
post #13719 of 19072
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The boots, from L to R :


- Alden NST Boots, Cordovan #8

- Alden Parajumper Boots, Cordovan #8

- C&J Harlech, Cordovan

- EG Shannon VIII, Dark Oak calf

- Carmina Jumper Boots, Black calf


The first line, from L to R


- Carmina longwings, Cordovan

- Carmina Split Toe, Cordovan

- C&J Edgware, brown calf

- EG Inverness, burgundy calf

- Carmina Cap toe, black calf

Thanks smile.gif
post #13720 of 19072

So I got some shoe trees from Jos A Bank and they seem to be leaving an imprint on the insole of my shoes. Is this normal? Also one of them scratched the back of the insole (heel) when I pulled it out. Am I doing something wrong?

post #13721 of 19072
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Originally Posted by pnewelljr View Post

So I got some shoe trees from Jos A Bank and they seem to be leaving an imprint on the insole of my shoes. Is this normal? Also one of them scratched the back of the insole (heel) when I pulled it out. Am I doing something wrong?

Yes, worrying too much
post #13722 of 19072
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Yes, worrying too much

I figured as much. It's easy to do when you buy new, expensive things. Thanks

post #13723 of 19072
It's only expensive if you're poor.
post #13724 of 19072
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It's only expensive if you're poor.

Having a bad day?

 

No need to engage in socio-economic bullying. Expense is relative, obviously.

post #13725 of 19072

Should I not be worried about the reviews on B Nelson's Yelp page? I have heard nothing but good things about them on here, but yikes.

 

http://www.yelp.com/biz/b-nelson-shoes-new-york

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