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Originally Posted by patrick_b View Post


I'm with you...Kiwi's not bad at all.
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But I also use Renovateur religiously.



"Religiously" - does that mean every shine or about once a month per shoe?

post #1397 of 10141
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Originally Posted by Barroomheroes View Post

From this..  ($65 on ebay)

 

 

Vernon before.PNG

 

To this.. (Crappy Iphone picture doesn't do it justice)

Vernon after.JPG


Love the Chili color - I have two pairs...

 

However, you are bold going with Kiwi brown on them.  I wouldn't want to overly darken my own so I am leaning toward either Kiwi Neutral on them to give them some bulling, or even the Tan (at most, Mid-Tan).

 

Anyone else ever "bull" or mirror shine Chili?  What do you use?

 

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Originally Posted by McBindle View Post


mcbrown and Gdot -
 

Thank you for the replies.  Your theories that the darkening is due to the moisture being absorbed and poor prior conditioning of the shoe seem plausible.  The first shoes I used the Reno on were not new and the only conditioning they had was from cream polish. The one that darkened the most was a vintage (yet close to new condition) Florsheim Imperial that had obviously been neglected for some time.  However, I just received a new pair of AE McCallisters in chestnut and applied Reno as the finish appeared dull and they darkened permanently. But, I suspect that the shoes could have been on a shelf for a while and that they were not well-conditioned or polished during the manufacturing process (I have noticed that the factory finish on AEs is rather poor and serves only as a base for proper finishing).   

 

Gdot your observation that the Reno may contain more solvent is interesting.  I suppose that the Reno could react with existing polishes and waxes to create a darker finish.  That could explain in part the permanent darkening.  While leery of mixing different products perhaps Lexol would not have the darkening effect; however, I would like to hear from other members on their experiences with Lexol and if it permanently darkens the leather. 

 

Hopefully now that the shoes have been conditioned to a baseline level, further polishing with matched color or more conditioning will not darken them. 

 

Thanks again. 

 

So Reno DOES darken the leather permanently?

 

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^ I've not found this.

Although over time application of any product will cause lighter coloured leather to darken and patina.
post #1400 of 10141
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Originally Posted by Bear View Post



Love the Chili color - I have two pairs...

However, you are bold going with Kiwi brown on them.  I wouldn't want to overly darken my own so I am leaning toward either Kiwi Neutral on them to give them some bulling, or even the Tan (at most, Mid-Tan).

Anyone else ever "bull" or mirror shine Chili?  What do you use?

What a difference! Nice shine, beautiful throat,,, just wish the creasing was less
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Originally Posted by chogall View Post


Good shine but I don't like such a high shine all over a pair of boots/shoes.  It's just me.  Maintaining that shine will be fairly time consuming without a weekly coating habit..

 


 

Blasphemy!

 

post #1402 of 10141
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

In all honesty for shell I would just wear them and give them a good brush each day for a long while. Reno in between. When enough time as passed a thin coat of wax. I think use, time, and reno are a good solution to wax buildup.


I believe Venetian Shoe Cream also works well with shell

post #1403 of 10141
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Originally Posted by patrick_b View Post


It took me a while to figure that out. It's much easier for me to achieve the mirror shine with Kiwi wax (toe only) than it has been with Saphir. However, as Gdot indicated, Renovateur doesn't remove Kiwi wax as easily. I never understood why I couldn't successfully remove the old layers of Kiwi wax with reno. Thanks to Gdot, I now understand why.


So then how do you remove old layers of Kiwi wax?

 

I have heard nail polish remover (w/o acetone) works well...and even limited rubbing alcohol.

 

In the military, we would cover the shoes with shaving cream (the old shaving cream, not the gel) and let sit overnight.  That worked so-so...

post #1404 of 10141
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Originally Posted by Gdot View Post


100% agree.
One quick coat of Reno over an existing old polish turns out a beautiful finish in a flash.


How do you apply the Reno, Gdot?

 

With a cotton rag, let dry 5-10 min, then brush, and then buff?

post #1405 of 10141
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

I tried this stuff recently and I don't like it. I tried it on some calf leather and it seems to leave the same kind of residue meltonian nuetral creams leave. it sort of leaves this white gunk in the creases. reminds me of how silicone based products just sit on the top and don't get absorbed as much.

You must have gotten a hold of the same batch I did. Plus, mine emphasized the normal wrinkles and looked like cracked glass. On shell though? Looks great.
post #1406 of 10141
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Originally Posted by Bear View Post



How do you apply the Reno, Gdot?

With a cotton rag, let dry 5-10 min, then brush, and then buff?

Persactly!

Just don't let it sit too long - it will get hard to brush/buff when it gets good and dry.
post #1407 of 10141
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Originally Posted by Gdot View Post


Persactly!
Just don't let it sit too long - it will get hard to brush/buff when it gets good and dry.


Great - thanks.  I figure by the time I am done putting in on the second shoe, I can brush then buff the first.

post #1408 of 10141
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Originally Posted by Bear View Post



Great - thanks.  I figure by the time I am done putting in on the second shoe, I can brush then buff the first.

This is good to know. I'll apply over about a minute and only let it set for 30 more seconds or so before brushing. I've always gotten great shine, but I suppose everything always could be better.
post #1409 of 10141
Geez... guys just so that you know:

There are instructions on Reno...and for the intellectually challenged they are actually pictorial...
post #1410 of 10141

Sorry for all the questions above...Just finished reading the 94 page thread and I was posting the questions along the way

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