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post #3361 of 10523
Thanks for all the suggestions!

As Renomat is not readily available in my area, will probably have to try the turpentine.

How about nail polish remover or acetone?
post #3362 of 10523
The problem with turpentine, aceton and nail polish removers is that there is a greater chance of removing the factory finish, which I actually managed to do with some Alfred Sargents. After hours of applying various colors and waxes I managed to get them to look the way I wanted, but IMO the renomat removes what it is supposed to remove while the other solvents have a habit of removing everything; be careful! I know A Fine Pair of Shoes and the Hanger Project ships internationally.
post #3363 of 10523
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Even though I'm studying for my MoS in Business I think I've spent singificantly more time reading and caring about shoes. shog[1].gif

Haha then we have something in common happy.gif
post #3364 of 10523
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The problem with turpentine, aceton and nail polish removers is that there is a greater chance of removing the factory finish, which I actually managed to do with some Alfred Sargents. After hours of applying various colors and waxes I managed to get them to look the way I wanted, but IMO the renomat removes what it is supposed to remove while the other solvents have a habit of removing everything; be careful! I know A Fine Pair of Shoes and the Hanger Project ships internationally.

Overstripping, even if it leaves the die in the shoe but just takes up ALL the wax and the surface dies can make a shoe look pretty 'scalded'. Even after a good bit of new cream and wax polish.

This is why I prefer to use Renovateur or even a soap based product (such as Lexol) or even baby shampoo if I want to be certain to only remove wax. I have a bottle of Renomat - which I guess I will try eventually-but so far it's just sitting in the shoe care supply box waiting to be loved. Perhaps I should take the plunge the next time I simply want to strip a shoe of polish/wax?
post #3365 of 10523
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Originally Posted by alco View Post

Thanks for all the suggestions!
As Renomat is not readily available in my area, will probably have to try the turpentine.
How about nail polish remover or acetone?

I think those are too harsh.

Don't rub too hard though.

post #3366 of 10523
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IMO Saphir Renovateur or Lexol cleaner is not very effective against wax, Saphir Renomat is in it's own league! I would remove all the wax with Renomat and conditioned them liberally twice with Lexol conditioner with regards to what G-man over here said, and then use one coat of Saphir Reno, one coat of Saphir dark brown cream and then applied some dark brown wax on the toes and heels.

Thanks Christian B. Always good to have a recommendation from you. I'll feel less hesitant when that 'stripping the wax' day arrives.

Lear
post #3367 of 10523
And you as well, I often look back at your previous posts for both learning and inspiration. This, for example, should be in the first post.
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Things they didn't tell you, or that came as a surprise

N.B. This list has been constantly added to. Probably best not to quote it:
  • All shades of red/burgundy wax tend to bleed like hell and rub off on trousers.
  • Saphir MdO cream polish (soft stuff) left to dry for too long is difficult to polish out. Especially if it's a lighter colour and stuck in the darker welt area.
  • When you do apply Saphir MdO cream, don't head for the seams after you first load the cloth. I always start on a clear expanse first, then work the excess out towards any seams. Failure to do this can see seams and stitching caked in a solidified gunk. Trying to remove it can bugger up the mirror.This applies to the wax as well
  • Saphir wax doesn't have an overpowering smell. Washes off skin fairly easily.
  • Saphir Renovateur is best applied with your bare fingers (maybe a tiny brush to get into the welt). The warmth of the fingers will help it penetrate and spread. Any other method will waste the precious stuff to the cloth. Washes off skin VERY easily.
  • Thicker felt cloth might be great for overall rubbing & polishing, but the thinner, cheaper stuff is best for a mirror shine. Might have something to do with the thirstier wicking properties of spongier felt. Even a quick dab seems to suck up and absorb much more than the required water drop.
  • If you're really getting nowhere with the mirror shine... go to bed. Leaving the wax to harden overnight can - coupled with bright morning sunlight - make all the difference. The cooler the room, the longer left, the harder the set.
  • Hitting a mirror shined shoe with hard bristles can pit the surface. This is recoverable damage, but easily avoided by keeping the brush away from heels and toecap.
  • I've never had a 'flaking' shoe/boot. All multi (micro thin) coats are kept to the heels/toecaps. Flexible parts are kept conditioned and given coats only as necessary.
  • When left with a wax dotted piece of felt, instead of chucking it out, use this immediately as a pre-charged rubbing cloth for flexible parts. It'll impart the slightest of wax coats to the leather, until you decide to do your proper coat.
  • Most people seem to apply too much wax, using coats that are too thick.
  • Whenever you come in: shoes off, trees in, wipe entire shoe with moist (not wet) cloth. I use the strip of spent felt from above. No matter how clean the shoe appears, you'll always remove a thin layer of dust and dirt. Get into the welt etc. Please be extra gentle over the mirrored parts. You don't want to dull them. Barely touch with the moist felt. I usually add a single three minute wax swirl in the morning. This always brings it back to a perfect mirrored state. Now put aside and leave overnight to dry.
  • A mirror shine is a delicate thing. The slightest of knocks will leave a scuff. surface rubs are easily rectified. Deep gouges into the wax can be a pain to get rid of.
  • If your mirror polished shoes get rained on, just learn to live with it for the rest of that day. Any attempt to dry, polish or shine a wet shoe will immediately dull the mirrored finish. If on the other hand they get dusty during a dry, hot day, then a gentle dust over with a felt cloth can help.
  • What works for one person may not work for you. I've seen people use old rough t-shirts to produce a fantastic mirror. They just never work for me. I've also seen some use cotton wool balls and iced water. Can't get this to work either.
  • Don't go filling a container with inches of water. Barely cover the bottom with a millimetre or two. That way your tightly wrapped finger can safely stab the bottom of the vessel without getting the felt saturated. Dabbing the polish first creates a barrier to having a soaked felt. It also seems easier to regulate the size and number of water droplets. However, I'm sure some do it the other way around with amazing results. Too much water is one of the major causes of mirror shine failure.
  • Fluffy fabric (felt etc) rubbed on Renovateur can drag, leaving bits of lint on the shoe. I'll often use a white handkerchief to do this (20p each from the Pound Shop). Then once I have a smoother friction free surface I'll swap for the felt.
  • Filling my wax tin lid with water causes it to rust.
  • If you simply have to stock up on duplicate tins of Saphir wax, put these reserves into sealed ziploc bags to keep them from drying out.
  • After much effort, when you have your perfect mirror shine, you can touch up with one or two swirls whenever you feel like it. You won't have to worry about building up the layers anymore. It'll be fine tuning from now on. Be delicate. Go for longer swirling sessions using warm breath and water with less wax. Keep turning the shoe into the natural light if possible. As I mentioned above: good lighting can save you from destroying a perfectly good mirror shine. Don't be fooled by shadows and a poorly lit room.
  • If you have a brand new pair of shoes, don't try to mirror shine them straight from the box. You need creases to set into position first. I'd treat them to lots of conditioning and wearing during the first week. Polish them as you would for a regular shine. After a week maybe do a few swirling coats before wearing them again the next day. Then check for flex points, cracking etc. Use your eyes and common sense.
  • There comes a point where additional coats won't increase the shine. Some wait until they can read the reflected time from a wristwatch. I like to wait until I can count (and classify according to colour) reflected nasal hairs
  • Most importantly: if someone steps onto your mirror polished shoe, murder is not an option. You must accept it as 'The Way of the Mirror'.


Lear

Edit: 20p each from the Pound Shop. Oops
post #3368 of 10523

An excellent post to quote. 

 

I'll add that I've had better luck with mixing a little rubbing alcohol in with the water I'm using to dampen the cloth. Oh, and Saphir wax was much much easier for me to get a mirror. 

post #3369 of 10523
HELP! I've just had candle wax spilled on my suede Aldens (yes, multiple). One shoe is really bad, two others just have little dots on them. How can I remove the wax?
post #3370 of 10523
Freeze the wax. (yes put them in the freezer) Peel away the frozen wax. Brush.

If there is residual staining/oil marking shampoo with baby shampoo.

Unless the candle wax is deeply colored you may be just fine.
post #3371 of 10523
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Originally Posted by Gdot View Post

Freeze the wax. (yes put them in the freezer) Peel away the frozen wax. Brush.
If there is residual staining/oil marking shampoo with baby shampoo.
Unless the candle wax is deeply colored you may be just fine.

They went directly into the freezer. I'll give it a shot tomorrow. Thank you!
post #3372 of 10523

I think now you have to tell us how that happened

post #3373 of 10523
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I think now you have to tell us how that happened

Obviously the candles were on a dresser in my bedroom near my shoes. I'll leave the rest to you to imagine :P
post #3374 of 10523
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Originally Posted by unclesam099 View Post

Obviously the candles were on a dresser in my bedroom near my shoes. I'll leave the rest to you to imagine :P

Are you sure it's *ahem* candle wax then?biggrin.gif
post #3375 of 10523
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Originally Posted by Northampton Novice View Post

Are you sure it's *ahem* candle wax then?biggrin.gif

Ha, yes. Unfortunately, it seems that the wax has done its damage. It was burgandy colored wax on snuff suede. The other two shoes had eraser-sized drops that (mostly) came off after being frozen. I scraped it off the best that I could.

This one shoe is basically ruined, I think.

It's also had grease and pizza on the same spot on the toe. I think that it's somewhat jinxed...
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