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Originally Posted by XKxRome0ox View Post

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allen edmonds horsehair brushes and daubers
feels nice and soft... maybe too soft
someone did mention that boar's hair brushes are better for cleaning

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and the saphir stuff from ronrider are here
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i did order some polishing cloth from AE as well (can see in the first pic)
and i plan on cutting up some t-shirts

well, i guess it will be trial and error for me
gonna give shoe shining a go on saturday
post #1757 of 10137
I have much better results with a shoe bag turned inside out and wrapped around my fingers than a t-shirt. But, as said, everyone has their own method.
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A terrible waste of a shoe bag though, no? When you could just purchase dedicated polishing cloths, if you were that way inclined.
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Well yes, I must agree, but I use about one pair of bags a year max, and I have about 10 pairs of them laying around.
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Originally Posted by XKxRome0ox View Post

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and the saphir stuff from ronrider are here
icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
i did order some polishing cloth from AE as well (can see in the first pic)
and i plan on cutting up some t-shirts
well, i guess it will be trial and error for me
gonna give shoe shining a go on saturday

What were you using before Saphir? Kiwi?
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Thanks Fritzl.

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Originally Posted by bigt View Post

Very nice! Though the steel toe plates on my Lobbs are inset into the leather sole and hence flush, I see yours are attached straight on to the sole surface, and the toppy aligns to the raised adge of the steel plate.

What do those steel plates do to wooden floors?

I've used the plastic plates. Not the classiest but safe for my floors.
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Originally Posted by lysandar View Post

If you've got both kiwi and saphir... Don't bother with the kiwi. You'll just end up buffing the kiwi instead of buffing the shoe - hence the ease at which a mirror shine is achievable even with just one coat. The slightest nudge against any remotely hard surface will leave you with very noticeable blemishes on your shoes, which imo are distractingly ugly. 


Stick with the saphir and apply with much patience. Enjoy the slow but rewarding buffing process.

I'm thinking I'm going to hear what I don't want to hear but here goes.

Because I used some Kiwi to bull my shoes - if I use Saphir to do period touch ups will that cause any issues?

Also , is the consciences here that Saphir is the only (best) way to go with polishing and bulling?
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No, many here swear to Kiwi. I myself have used both, and I have achieved great results with each, they just need their own technique.
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Originally Posted by knezz View Post

I'm thinking I'm going to hear what I don't want to hear but here goes.
Because I used some Kiwi to bull my shoes - if I use Saphir to do period touch ups will that cause any issues?
Also , is the consciences here that Saphir is the only (best) way to go with polishing and bulling?

I have had no adverse affect from switching between Kiwi and Saphir polish on the same shoe.
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Originally Posted by fritzl View Post

sounds good. understood, the leather quality of the soles is another factor.

point taken,to be on the safe I even called them and have email that it is safe to use on leather surfaces, including fine uppers. I just choose not to do it.
post #1767 of 10137
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Originally Posted by Gdot View Post

I have had no adverse affect from switching between Kiwi and Saphir polish on the same shoe.

It was said above that bulling with Kiwi - if you lightly bump something it will leave a mark but with Saphir that mark would be less likely?

I have experienced that marking during normal wear with my Kiwi bulled shoe. I would just keep a small patch of tee-shirt in my inside breast pocket to do a battle field repair. If Saphir reduces the chance that would save me the effort.
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By no means a general rule, but my personal experience is that my saphir buffed shoe incurs less marking than when I'd used kiwi on it.  Also, no issues with switching between kiwi and saphir, but I would prefer to start from scratch and remove the kiwi layers first.

 

I haven't found a product that can do this easily though. Mostly I'm advised to work the layers away using renovateur. I'm wondering if saphir cleaning soap might do the trick - anyone with experience?

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Sorry, dbl post

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Originally Posted by lysandar View Post

By no means a general rule, but my personal experience is that my saphir buffed shoe incurs less marking than when I'd used kiwi on it.  Also, no issues with switching between kiwi and saphir, but I would prefer to start from scratch and remove the kiwi layers first.

I haven't found a product that can do this easily though. Mostly I'm advised to work the layers away using renovateur. I'm wondering if saphir cleaning soap might do the trick - anyone with experience?

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