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Can anyone advise how often to use Saphir Renovateur?

 

Before applying cream polish, each time?

Before applying cream polish, but only every few polishes?

Once a week?

Only when the shoes are dirty?

 

Thanks!

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Thank you, I wasn't quite sure since the bone does have a bit of a scent and is a little sticky. 

 

Scent and stickiness should be normal, I guess.

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I had posted these pictures before but... any tips to recondition these?

 

The first picture worries me, will Saphir Renovateur shape these up good? Anyway to recondition them at the edges (Where the dryness mostly occurs in the first picture)

 

My inventory:

1. Saphir Renovateur Medialle D'or 1925

2. Hanger Project Light Horsehair Brush

3. Old white t-shirts

4. Kiwi Horsehair Dauber

 

Thanks guys!

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Originally Posted by preload View Post
 

Can anyone advise how often to use Saphir Renovateur?

 

Before applying cream polish, each time?

Before applying cream polish, but only every few polishes?

Once a week?

Only when the shoes are dirty?

 

Thanks!

Depends on what leather you have.

 

https://www.hangerproject.com/shoe-care-guide/leather-care-overview/

 

This should help you.

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I had posted these pictures before but... any tips to recondition these?

The first picture worries me, will Saphir Renovateur shape these up good? Anyway to recondition them at the edges (Where the dryness mostly occurs in the first picture)

My inventory:
1. Saphir Renovateur Medialle D'or 1925
2. Hanger Project Light Horsehair Brush
3. Old white t-shirts
4. Kiwi Horsehair Dauber

Thanks guys!

Lexol conditioner. From the auto parts store. Best conditioner I've used. I've heard good things about bick4 as well, though I haven't used it myself.
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Depends on what leather you have.

https://www.hangerproject.com/shoe-care-guide/leather-care-overview/

This should help you.

The hangerproject shoe care guide recommends using wax polish to shine alligator and crocodile footwear. I never used wax polish to shine exotic skins. I thought the wax would dry out the skins? puzzled.gif
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I have read a number of conflicting opinions on conditioning leather outsoles. Some say it extends the life of soles and others state that it actually will cause more wear (softer soles=more wear). Conditioning made sense to me. Especially for older shoes.

 

This past winter (7 or 8 months ago), I did an experiment where I used a Sharpie to mark up the soles of a pair of Florsheim Imperials and then conditioned one of the soles with mink oil. The other outsole had no conditioning. Then I wore them in very wet Seattle weather.

 

The result was that the conditioned sole appeared to have less wear than non-conditioned sole based on the Sharpie marks. See photos below (the shoe on the right was conditioned and the one on the left was not).

 

I only did this experiment once so I can't say that conditioning helps long term. Also the results are only slightly different. Its possible conditioned leather soles will perform worse in dry weather.

 

I used mink oil because I have previously used it on my FootJoy golf shoes. I have been meaning to try this again with another product but haven't yet. I am busy. Sometimes.

 

 

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Originally Posted by firefit View Post
 

Depends on what leather you have.

 

https://www.hangerproject.com/shoe-care-guide/leather-care-overview/

 

This should help you.

Thanks, I've seen the Hanger Project recommendations, but they don't really answer my question...

 

Should Renovateur be used:

Before applying cream polish, each time?

Before applying cream polish, but only every few polishes?

Once a week?

Only when the shoes are dirty?

 

(this is for calf leather, btw)


Edited by preload - 9/1/16 at 6:41am
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Originally Posted by preload View Post

Thanks, I've seen the Hanger Project recommendations, but they don't really answer my question...

 

Should Renovateur be used:

Before applying cream polish, each time?

Before applying cream polish, but only every few polishes?

Once a week?

Only when the shoes are dirty?

 


My answer to that is "when it needs it"

Generally I'd apply saphir before polishing (after making 100% sure the shoes are free of dust and other contaminants). If the shoes look a little dry or dull, it is my secondary approach after a good, long brushing (which will also help you with the dust/etc.)

Once a week is way too much. When you do use it, apply it pretty sparingly. More is not better. That is true of most shoe products.

My $0.02.
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It also depends how many shoes you have in your rotation....the more shoes, the less often you need to clean a single shoe

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Originally Posted by preload View Post
 

Can anyone advise how often to use Saphir Renovateur?

 

Before applying cream polish, each time?

Before applying cream polish, but only every few polishes?

Once a week?

Only when the shoes are dirty?

 

Thanks!

It also depends how many shoes you have in your rotation....the more shoes, the less often you need to clean a single shoe

post #18716 of 19213

 

 

Guys, the outsole on my 5 year old Solovair boots has cracked a little :( I thought these would last like some 10-15 years, as they look and feel great and are Made In England.

Is there a way to fix that?


Edited by Boyan - 9/3/16 at 5:58am
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Originally Posted by Boyan View Post

Guys, the outsole on my 5 year old Solovair boots has cracked a little frown.gif I thought these would last like some 10-15 years, as they look and feel great and are Made In England.



Is there a way to fix that?


 



There are far more knowledgeable folks on this forum than me, so I'll let them answer. You should post a pic to help them out. My guess is that is going to be critical to getting an answer.
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Originally Posted by preload View Post

Thanks, I've seen the Hanger Project recommendations, but they don't really answer my question...

 

Should Renovateur be used:

Before applying cream polish, each time?

Before applying cream polish, but only every few polishes?

Once a week?

Only when the shoes are dirty?

 


My answer to that is "when it needs it"

Generally I'd apply saphir before polishing (after making 100% sure the shoes are free of dust and other contaminants). If the shoes look a little dry or dull, it is my secondary approach after a good, long brushing (which will also help you with the dust/etc.)

Once a week is way too much. When you do use it, apply it pretty sparingly. More is not better. That is true of most shoe products.

My $0.02.
I'd say it depends on
- quality of the leather
- how often it's worn
- storage
- time of year

For shoes that I wear *1/week, I use cream polish say once every 2 weeks and renovateur every second or third time before the cream.

For shoes that I wear less often (C&J, GG, EG) cream polish when it's dirty. Renovateur when it feels dry. My 2c.
post #18719 of 19213
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Originally Posted by benf View Post

I'd say it depends on
- quality of the leather
- how often it's worn
- storage
- time of year

Totally agree with all of this, though some quality leather requires more care-and-feeding than others.  "Quality and type of leather" works.

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Originally Posted by benf View Post
For shoes that I wear *1/week, I use cream polish say once every 2 weeks and renovateur every second or third time before the cream.

For shoes that I wear less often (C&J, GG, EG) cream polish when it's dirty. Renovateur when it feels dry. My 2c.
 
Maybe I'm misunderstanding, but this sounds like an awful lot of care (cream polish every other wear?).
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Originally Posted by benf View Post

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I'd say it depends on
- quality of the leather
- how often it's worn
- storage
- time of year

For shoes that I wear *1/week, I use cream polish say once every 2 weeks and renovateur every second or third time before the cream.

For shoes that I wear less often (C&J, GG, EG) cream polish when it's dirty. Renovateur when it feels dry. My 2c.

Say for C&J handgrade or JL cap toe oxfords.
So cream polish as often as needed (every few wears) and Renovateur every few polishes? Worn 1-2 times a week.
Appreciate the expertise here.
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