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My heart is set on fumigation.

 

I had a chat with a highschool friend employed as a phamicutical biologist on using 2-Phenylphenol safely.  Let's just say I would have signed my death warrant if I had proceeded as I intended.  It doesn't take much to kill a man, they use a 1% solution to deactivate viruses for use in vacinnes.   As a result, the 99% pure stuff can kill you if you open it up wrong.  He was surprised that I even was able to get pricing information.

 

Kids and the internet.

 

So, on with sulphur.  Outlined my setup and ready to go.  I'm going to do a 50 gram with accellerant in tuna tin burn and if that doesn't work have a beeswax /cotton/ sulphur candle in a shoe wax tin as backup.  Tins at half height in the box with shoes balanced on a plastic cartoon - insulation between cartoon and burning tin.  Cardboard box with a plastic trash bag over the outside using the box for structure.  3 hour dwell time.  Hopefully 50 grams is enough.

 

As for water stains, suede shampoo.  Best of luck, should have applied a repellant.  Be sure to dry them with newspapers or prepare to revisit this thread to follow my adventures.

post #3227 of 12469

Hello All,

 

I'm hoping to get a little help on perfecting a mirror shine. Pictured are my AE Waldens. I love these shoes and they are my go-tos for any casual event. I have been trying to get a real mirror shine on these shoes for a while, but one of the finishes on the right shoe keeps getting messed up. Whenever I am putting a coat of wax on it (AE Burgundy Caranuba), and then polishing after the wax has dried, the surface becomes very matte. Wierdly, the matte surface does not become more shiny with each coat of wax on it. Am I doing something wrong? I feel like I have stripped the wax and polish down a lot, so I'm fairly certain it's not a buildup of wax. As you can see from the pictures, the overcoat of burgundy has been polished away and just the red/chili undercoat is there. Anyway, does anyone know why these matte finishes occur? What can I do to get a mirror polish on the right shoe??

 

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post #3228 of 12469
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Originally Posted by HaleytheMouse View Post

I understand that this is a men's clothing forum but I was hoping you could help me out. I recently wore my Sperry Top-Sider shoes out in the rain and they retained some water stains that won't seem to go away as they dry. The shoes are suede at the top (where the stain is.) and I don't want to ruin them. How do I get the stains out?!

Hi Haley, welcome to the forum.

I would suggest buying a spray suede cleaner (you should be able to buy it in the shoe department of a local retailer). Saturate the suede with the cleaner, and lightly brush the suede while it is damp. Most cleaners will come with a plastic brush on the cap, if not a nail brush will do. When the shoe dries the spots should be gone, if not, then repeat the process.
post #3229 of 12469
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Originally Posted by HaleytheMouse View Post

I understand that this is a men's clothing forum but I was hoping you could help me out. I recently wore my Sperry Top-Sider shoes out in the rain and they retained some water stains that won't seem to go away as they dry. The shoes are suede at the top (where the stain is.) and I don't want to ruin them. How do I get the stains out?!

Wash them under running water with a suede brush, stuff with newspapers and let dry.
post #3230 of 12469
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Originally Posted by JermynStreet View Post

Hello All,

I'm hoping to get a little help on perfecting a mirror shine. Pictured are my AE Waldens. I love these shoes and they are my go-tos for any casual event. I have been trying to get a real mirror shine on these shoes for a while, but one of the finishes on the right shoe keeps getting messed up. Whenever I am putting a coat of wax on it (AE Burgundy Caranuba), and then polishing after the wax has dried, the surface becomes very matte. Wierdly, the matte surface does not become more shiny with each coat of wax on it. Am I doing something wrong? I feel like I have stripped the wax and polish down a lot, so I'm fairly certain it's not a buildup of wax. As you can see from the pictures, the overcoat of burgundy has been polished away and just the red/chili undercoat is there. Anyway, does anyone know why these matte finishes occur? What can I do to get a mirror polish on the right shoe??

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Hi JermynStreet.

From what I can tell from the pictures I would say that the actual finish on the shoes is different from each other. I don’t know if that happened over time, or they came that way. If the finish is different no amount of polish will make them look the same.

My question would be: why do you want to put a mirror shine on a pair of casual shoes like penny loafers? If you are trying to produce a look of intentional dichotomy, then get a pair of patent leather loafers so the intention is clear.

Otherwise, I would suggest a good brush glow, rather than a mirror shine. You could try black cream shoe polish to darken the shoe slightly (it won’t turn them black) and hide the differences to some degree. But, first I would remove the carnauba wax since it tends to be a tackier wax than beeswax and a little harder to manage when polishing.

I would clean the shoes as best you can with Lexol leather cleaner (or anything similar) and remove as much wax as you can. You should be able to slide your finger across the shoe surface without any drag from the remaining wax. Then I would apply a thin coat of cream polish in burgundy color (not the carnauba); AE makes a very nice cream polish in that color, as does Meltonian and others.

Once you have a base coat, I would add a coat of black in cream polish, brushing for about 3 minutes per shoe between each coat. If you like you can add another coat of burgundy and another coat of black. But I wouldn’t add more than that. I would not apply a paste polish to loafers (just to keep the wax levels to a minimum), as I think cream polish is better for a more casual/flexible shoe.

You can get a very good shine with cream polish, just not a mirror shine. Of course, if you want a mirror shine on your loafers, that’s your preference, it’s just not mine.
post #3231 of 12469
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Originally Posted by Patek View Post

Wash them under running water with a suede brush, stuff with newspapers and let dry.

You can use a little baby shampoo if the stains are greasy. Rinse thoroughly.
post #3232 of 12469
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You can use a little baby shampoo if the stains are greasy. Rinse thoroughly.

 

 

That's great advice. I worked in bike shops in college and our standard hand degreaser was cheap/dollar store shampoo.

post #3233 of 12469

I usually just give my shoes the simple, but effective, brush, clean and polish every so often. Also brush after every wearing. But I thought I would give the Ethandesu trick with creating the whisky and polish on the toes and while i didn't achieve the mirror shine (not what i was after, being country shoes) I got a really rich chestnut gradient with a lovely sheen nonetheless. 

 

post #3234 of 12469
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Originally Posted by joshuasaussey View Post

I usually just give my shoes the simple, but effective, brush, clean and polish every so often. Also brush after every wearing. But I thought I would give the Ethandesu trick with creating the whisky and polish on the toes and while i didn't achieve the mirror shine (not what i was after, being country shoes) I got a really rich chestnut gradient with a lovely sheen nonetheless. 

 

 

Are they C&J Grasmere's? Very nice colour btw.

post #3235 of 12469
You got that much color from 'mid tan' polish? Interesting.

They look great.
post #3236 of 12469
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Originally Posted by glenjay View Post

From what I can tell from the pictures I would say that the actual finish on the shoes is different from each other.

^ From the pictures I would aver the shoes are corrected grain. The usual shoe polishing techniques have limited application in this regard and so a true mirror shine would not take on corrected grain.
post #3237 of 12469

Sulphur arrived today and I wrapped up my midterms.  Standby to Standby.  I shall include pictures.

post #3238 of 12469
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Originally Posted by The7Ups View Post

 

Are they C&J Grasmere's? Very nice colour btw.

 

Thank you. They are Alfred Sargent "Pytchley"

 

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Originally Posted by Gdot View Post

You got that much color from 'mid tan' polish? Interesting.
They look great.

 

Yes, the colour seems to be way darker when it is applied on the shoe. The whisky could have played a part too though I imagine.

post #3239 of 12469
Hello,
I figured i'll go straight to the people in the know: what is the best way to restore scuffed/scratched pull up (waxy) leathers?
post #3240 of 12469
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Originally Posted by joshuasaussey View Post

I usually just give my shoes the simple, but effective, brush, clean and polish every so often. Also brush after every wearing. But I thought I would give the Ethandesu trick with creating the whisky and polish on the toes and while i didn't achieve the mirror shine (not what i was after, being country shoes) I got a really rich chestnut gradient with a lovely sheen nonetheless.  Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)


I like the way it came out for sure. I dont know if you happen to have a before shot to see what it looked like before.
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