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post #181 of 10806
For suede, is it just a simple designated cleanser and brush?
post #182 of 10806
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Originally Posted by NAMOR View Post


I didnt consider the rust factor until after I put them in. The following day I went to another hardware store where I found the #2 (thinner than 4) flat screws in addition to #2 phillips screws. You can also get treated screws but again, I didnt consider it until afterwards.

As far as durability goes, I have worn them twice thus far and they are rock solid. They havent budged at all.

Your nitpick is a worthy one. Why do you prefer flat over phillips? Does it have to do with the G&G/Vass recessed metal toe taps? they use flat screws, no?

I guess it's because shoes have been around for ages and therefore need 'old school screws'. I remember that when we were putting up some shelves in the kitchen of my house (from the 1950s), my contractor suggested I'd use the (-) variety. Never thought about that before, but he was right: looked much better/more appropriate.

Also, I'm used to them because my cobbler uses them for toe taps:

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I think these are brass screws.

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Originally Posted by Louis XIV View Post

Should I just coat them in the same way I do the leather or is there any other treatment needed?

Yes. Just put some polish on a cloth around your finger and run along the edges. There are special products (they look like big "felt-tips") for it, but it's easy to do without.

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Originally Posted by Louis XIV View Post

I like torx. Why do you prefere - over + I think both of them are not very userfriendly as you tend to destroy the profile of them easily when the screws are too soft and let's be honest, most screws are to soft.

See answer above.
post #183 of 10806
where does one find old screws? I think in the meantime ill use brass flat screws. those are available at the home depot
post #184 of 10806
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Originally Posted by NAMOR View Post

where does one find old screws? I think in the meantime ill use brass flat screws. those are available at the home depot

You mean (-) screws? Some DIY stores here sell them, in different metals, even stainless steel. Brass flat screws sound fine.

Edit: or do you mean (-) screws when you say flat screws? (I thought flat screws were screws with a flat top, not a 'rounded' top, if you know what I mean.)
post #185 of 10806
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Originally Posted by NOBD View Post


You mean (-) screws? Some DIY stores here sell them, in different metals, even stainless steel. Brass flat screws sound fine.

oh ok, gotcha. thanks!

I had a little extra time yesterday so i organized the shoe care ish. i have my shoe repair supplies organized under the horse hair brushes. found a gilt box from back in the day

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post #186 of 10806
Hehe biggrin.gif.
post #187 of 10806
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Originally Posted by Monaco View Post

For suede, is it just a simple designated cleanser and brush?

depends on what is on the shoe. If its not dirty, I usually just brush the suede after several wears. If you got something on it, then it depends. The key to suede shoe care is to pretreat the suede with waterproofing/dirt resistant spray when you first buy them. The stuff I use is silicon based spray. Just a warning, it does darken the suede slightly.
post #188 of 10806
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Originally Posted by Achillus View Post

Hehe biggrin.gif.

haa, you like what you see? biggrin.gif
post #189 of 10806
Yeah it's nice. It looks like a men makeup box lol8[1].gif.
post #190 of 10806
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Originally Posted by Achillus View Post

Yeah it's nice. It looks like a men makeup box lol8[1].gif.

haa. speaking of which, I didnt bring my make up box and the RL Darltons were dry after I was caught in a rain storm last night. I let them dry out but now the leather looks dry on the left shoe. I applied a little dab of "mega-rich" body lotion to the vamp. is this okay?

for what its worth, it smells nice. reminds me of saphir but more citrus and less honey
post #191 of 10806
I've been getting quite a few personal messages regarding my mirror shined shoes and boots. Seems that many are having problems doing it themselves.

You need to get a feel for the wax. Know the signs. This is not a 'How To' post, but just to reinforce how blindly repeating the same mistake on every coat is a recipe for matte shoes. Analyze your methods. Experiment with slightly more/less, quicker/slower, longer/shorter etc. You need to discover your own recipe. Do read posts by many of the experts here. Also, if you Google 'mirror shine', it'll bring up plenty of videos. Just remember that everyone has a slightly different twist on how it's done. Stay away from naked flames for now, especially if you live in the United Kingdom.

Don't forget to lean your shoe into the natural light. Have the toe pointing away from you, slightly downwards. You'll now be able to see the swirls quite clearly. All the information you need is out there on the Web. The world probably doesn't need another 'How to Shine Shoes' instruction manual. If you still don't get it, then I'd suggest tracking down a friend (ex-military) who does. Ten minutes of hands-on instruction will equal hours of disjointed reading.

Lear
post #192 of 10806
Way of the mirror, Lear. Way of the mirror.
post #193 of 10806
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Maybe a n00b-question, but won't this affect walking comfort as the heel of the shoe you normally fully utilise to walk on is reduced to a small piece of plastic?
post #194 of 10806
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Originally Posted by fss View Post


Maybe a n00b-question, but won't this affect walking comfort as the heel of the shoe you normally fully utilise to walk on is reduced to a small piece of plastic?

you forget its there after the first day. the surface area is reduced but you still have about 90% of it left
post #195 of 10806
I get heel taps on everything. Yesteday one fell off and I was in a funk all day. You get so used to them being there.
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