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post #14041 of 19067
Regular saphir cream is fine it isn't that different from the cordovan cream. The cordovan cream just has no turpentine and the addition of neatsfoot oil. If anything the cordovan cream is closer to renovateur than the cream polish.
post #14042 of 19067

I'm not sure if it, Pat. Would it dry these old shells?

post #14043 of 19067
Nah. I mean it will be fine, it may not be optimal, but it certainly won't hurt. Pictures would still be helpful.
post #14044 of 19067

True. 

 

I've always been suspicious that "cracked" shells were often just the wax, not the leather, although in many cases I can be wrong.

post #14045 of 19067
I've seen plenty of cracked shell. Especially vintage. I have a friend who buys a lot of the vintage stuff and it does, indeed crack.
post #14046 of 19067

Thanks for the input gentlemen, I'll try to get some pics this weekend; we're slated for MORE SNOW here in Maine so I'll spend Sunday doing shoe work.

post #14047 of 19067
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

I've seen plenty of cracked shell. Especially vintage. I have a friend who buys a lot of the vintage stuff and it does, indeed crack.

Yeah... Talking about the improper care and lack of sufficient oil content in a leather that would constantly lose moisture. 

post #14048 of 19067

Good morning gentlemen,

 

I just received a pair of cigar shell Indy boots that I purchased from an acquaintance. Even though they are relatively new and have little wear on the sole, there is a fair amount of superficial scuffs and scratches and the finish seems a little bit duller than I would like. I've been following this thread for a while, and I realize that there are some different perspectives here, but would a small amount of Saphir paste wax and a lot of buffing be a reasonable way of dealing with this?

 

As for the MacMethod, which i know Mr Booth isn't a fan of, I tried brushing them a lot, and absolutely nothing at all has changed really, so I guess that is not the answer. I don't happen to have a "deer bone" hanging around, though I know some of you are not fans of the DB. I was hoping there would be a simple way to get these lovely boots back into top shape.

 

Thanks in advance.


post #14049 of 19067

Get a bone, get some cordovan cream, or GlenKaren cream (per preference), and something like Lexol for conditioner as well. 

 

As of brushing, make sure the brush is soft. 

post #14050 of 19067
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Originally Posted by Carson View Post

Good morning gentlemen,

I just received a pair of cigar shell Indy boots that I purchased from an acquaintance. Even though they are relatively new and have little wear on the sole, there is a fair amount of superficial scuffs and scratches and the finish seems a little bit duller than I would like. I've been following this thread for a while, and I realize that there are some different perspectives here, but would a small amount of Saphir paste wax and a lot of buffing be a reasonable way of dealing with this?

As for the MacMethod, which i know Mr Booth isn't a fan of, I tried brushing them a lot, and absolutely nothing at all has changed really, so I guess that is not the answer. I don't happen to have a "deer bone" hanging around, though I know some of you are not fans of the DB. I was hoping there would be a simple way to get these lovely boots back into top shape.

Thanks in advance.
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It honestly depends on what you mean by you brushed "a lot". Wiping them down with a damp cloth then brushing shoukd really get rid of the superficial stuff and bring up a good shine.

I would say brushing a lot would be about 10-15 minutes per boot. That is probably what it would take to bring up a shine.

It depends on how the boots were maintained previously as well. It could be that they are ready for their splash of wax.
post #14051 of 19067
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Originally Posted by tifosi View Post


It honestly depends on what you mean by you brushed "a lot". Wiping them down with a damp cloth then brushing shoukd really get rid of the superficial stuff and bring up a good shine.

I would say brushing a lot would be about 10-15 minutes per boot. That is probably what it would take to bring up a shine.

It depends on how the boots were maintained previously as well. It could be that they are ready for their splash of wax.

Well, i must admit, it was not that long, more like 5 minutes each (felt like an eternity). I'll try your suggestion above.

post #14052 of 19067
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Originally Posted by traverscao View Post
 

Get a bone, get some cordovan cream, or GlenKaren cream (per preference), and something like Lexol for conditioner as well. 

 

As of brushing, make sure the brush is soft. 

Does it make sense though to use Lexol on a boot that isn't more then a few months old??? Yes, I have a good soft brush for them...

post #14053 of 19067
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Originally Posted by Carson View Post

Well, i must admit, it was not that long, more like 5 minutes each (felt like an eternity). I'll try your suggestion above.
I agree! That's why my shells don't shine, haha. I just can't put that kind of effort into them.
post #14054 of 19067
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Originally Posted by Carson View Post
 

Does it make sense though to use Lexol on a boot that isn't more then a few months old??? Yes, I have a good soft brush for them...

You only apply Lexol once and then wear it for approx a year before you reapply the conditioner. Shell lost moisture VERY constantly, FWIW.

post #14055 of 19067

Ok. Sooo…damp cloth rub down, way too much brushing until I got lactic acid burn in my arms (with the softest brush I have), and a very modest amount of Saphir tobacco-havana (figure that's good for cigar) polish, and more brushing, and they're starting to look a lot better, although the scratches are still present. For those who commented, thanks for the advice. 

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