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post #17116 of 19072
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Originally Posted by rbhan12 View Post


Do you use a dauber brush for cream/conditioner or a cloth? I use a dauber/welt brush for creams. I couldn't imagine why I never washed them before. I noticed my horsehair brush was a little "harder" or "rougher" than I would have liked. I could feel some hairs being clumped together just by running my hand over it, particularly in the middle of the brush.

Simply put, the bristles get stuck together and turn hard because of the dried cream, especially on a welt brush.

 

I've only used cloth for cream/conditioner.  I apply wax/cream on welt using old toothbrush.  My daubers/welt brush are, literally, used to brush the welts and hard to get places.

post #17117 of 19072
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Originally Posted by rbhan12 View Post
 

^Feel free to check out the shoe antiquing thread. Lots of great tutorials and examples there from Ron Rider. 

 

Side note:

 

I usually clean my horse hair welt brushes after a polishing session to get the dried cream off. Soap and water, some shampoo to finish it off. I did the same thing last night except with my shine brush and saw a surprising amount of brown murky soap-water come out. Either way, all that excess cream and wax and whatnot is out, and the softness of the bristles is back. 

 

This is how I usually clean my brushes:

 

  1. Ensure bristles are wet by running hot tap water over the brush. I like to run it for at least 30 seconds or so just to make sure the bristles get water everywhere and even heat up a little. 
  2. Squeeze some dish soap into the palm of my hand, put a little bit of water in my hand, and then rub the brush in circles into the soap on my palm. 
  3. Clean off brush and rinse the soap off. 
  4. With the bristles facing the ceiling, pour some soap directly into the bristles. 
  5. Using your fingers, get down deep into the bristles and move your fingers in circles. This should help break apart the clumps of cream or wax at the root of the brush. 
  6. Run brush under hot water while continuing to move fingers in cirlces. 
  7. If you want the brush to dry faster, use a towel and rub the brush with it as if it were your shoes. The water will flow off the brush suprisingly quickly. Otherwise leave out to dry. 

 

That just about does it for me. This way the bristles don't become hard and scratch the leather when I'm applying Renovateur or cream or anything like that. It also helps the cream spread evenly rather than smear in globs. 

I hadn't washed my brushes since new.  Which is more years than I'll admit.  I like the dish soap suggestion.  I used lexol leather soap and continuously brushed the horse hair brush with another stiff bristle hair brush (borrowed it from my daughters).  Rinse & repeat until the soap foam becomes clear.  Then rinse and swing it with my arm outside. Then brush the heck out of a towel.  Then let it sit over night.  My big brush was particularly bad.  I'd realized the wax colors inside the brush were stiff globs of blackish brown and explained why a pair of my tan/saddle colored shoes had turned darker (not in a good way) over the past year.  

post #17118 of 19072
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Originally Posted by rbhan12 View Post


Awesome! Are you going to be cleaning just your shine brush or welt/dauber brushes as well? Either way, I'm sure you'll be as surprised as I was when you see the soap bubbles turn murky and chunks of dried cream/wax fall out.

All of them...I have many brushes although I do not apply too much cosmetics.

 

Just give me some time.

post #17119 of 19072

If this question belongs somewhere else, please let me know.  Can someone offer some insight on how this was done?  Here's the before, or how they come when purchased.

Here's the after.

 Looks like just a top coat of medium brown + shine but I'm far from an expert.  Thanks!

post #17120 of 19072
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Originally Posted by Sactogeoff View Post
 

If this question belongs somewhere else, please let me know.  Can someone offer some insight on how this was done?  Here's the before, or how they come when purchased.

Here's the after.

 Looks like just a top coat of medium brown + shine but I'm far from an expert.  Thanks!

This is quite really easy to duplicate!! (consider and the difference in lighting ) 

1: 1 coat neutral +1 coat medium brown (wax only)  (the entire shoe)

2: spit shine the toe cap 2-3 coats of medium brown and one last coat of neutral to give more depth at the color 

post #17121 of 19072
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Originally Posted by benhour View Post
 

This is quite really easy to duplicate!! (consider and the difference in lighting ) 

1: 1 coat neutral +1 coat medium brown (wax only)  (the entire shoe)

2: spit shine the toe cap 2-3 coats of medium brown and one last coat of neutral to give more depth at the color 

 

What does the neutral coat do? 

post #17122 of 19072
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Originally Posted by batsim View Post
 

 

What does the neutral coat do? 

 

Provide depth for the polish.

 

I would go as far as 4-6 layers of darker shade of brown before a layer of neutral on the cap.

 

And cream the vamp not wax.

post #17123 of 19072

Chogall i think that in the second photo the light is much less than the first one so i think paste ll make them a lot darker than he wants!(with 2 layers of wax he wont have the flaking effect i think) though very good suggestion for the vamp area ! 

 

The best option for me is to go with the wax and buff every time after a layer is applied to see if he is happy with the result!

post #17124 of 19072

Have you tested that "patina" on shell leather?.  Does it work here too?.  I have a pair of tan shell oxfords and would like to darken them.  Thanks.

post #17125 of 19072

Good afternoon everyone

 

I have a question regarding a pair of vintage shell cordovan Florsheim Imperial 5 nail long wing shoes. So here’s the story: I purchased them off ebay and they looked pretty rough. I tried treating them with venetian shoe cream and saphir reno. It didn’t do anything really. It shined them up but as soon as I started walking in them they seemed to flake up with some waxy substance on the surface. It appears at some point they were either coated with #8 dye or wax. I ended up taking a credit card and scraping this crap off the shell. This is very tedious and it soon revealed cracks in the leather that had been covered by this coating.

 

My question is does anybody know of some type of substance that is able to strip this waxy coating off the leather. This coating is preventing me from treating the leather with shoe creams.

 

Thanks in advance 

post #17126 of 19072

Try Saphir Reno'Mat

https://www.hangerproject.com/saphir-reno-mat-cleaner.html

I don't know what it will do to the shell but it will strip the coating off.

post #17127 of 19072

I don't know what it will do to the shell but it will strip the coating off.

post #17128 of 19072
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Originally Posted by cchaplow View Post
 

Try Saphir Reno'Mat

https://www.hangerproject.com/saphir-reno-mat-cleaner.html

I don't know what it will do to the shell but it will strip the coating off.

 

 

awesome this sounds like exactly what i need. thank you! 

post #17129 of 19072

Let me know how it works out.

post #17130 of 19072
Thank you! Now I just need to get a good deal on the shoes! Maybe I can dig up a Black Friday deal.
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