Damn just searched everywhere, seems like nobody will ship the spray. Hanger project is out of stock as well. Anybody want to do a group order maybe from Saphir directly if that is possible?
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I have not used this product, but I would be concerned that it contains silicone. It states that it is a water repellent, produces a shine, and contains no waxes.
Unlike wax that allows moisture to pass to some degree, silicone does not. Leather allows some moisture/perspiration to pass through to the surface for evaporation. The thin layers of shoe polish wax impede this to some degree, but also allow some moisture to pass through, which is why shoe polish does not make your shoes water proof. However, silicone is used in water repellent products because it is very good at sealing out (or in) moisture.
I don't know for sure if this product contains silicone, I'm just saying that if it does I would probably avoid using it.
Thanks I'll look into that as my feet tend to perspire quite a bit...
Anyone else wanna have a go?
Thanks! Not used to this duo-tone types of leathers. Will try to get a tan first, hopefully that will be enough.
@Lear, try at least 240 or finer sand papers. 100s is still pretty rough.
I used 600 with Dremel to grind down heavy wax build up spots.
On renomat usage, don't soak the leather. Same with both acetone and Clorox bleach. Leather top grain will be easily damaged when wet.
Yes, going to use a 240 grit on those sole edges.
While applying Renomat, at no time did the leather feel soaked. Finally, wiped down with a wet cotton rag and the shoes were completely dry by morning. Looking at the leather grain, I'm happy to say that it still looks as good as new. Phew!
All this in preparation for the next tier (JL) batch. I want to see how Renomat is with the old museum finish.
Off-topic: People are free to do exactly as they want, but I'm always puzzled by the fact that someone will spend £1000 on a pair of shoes, yet have them looking like budget footwear within months. Polish too thick, inadequate cleaning, frayed laces, worn heels, no shoe-trees etc.
Can you believe that someone suggested - just as I was weighing up the merits of Straight European Lacing vs Double Helix Lacing - I'd become obsessed with shoes. So ridiculous, I had to laugh out loud.
Heat to remove creases.
I know some SF people hate the creases that develop when they use their shoes. I don't care, but I thought I would pass along this bit of serendipity. Nick V recommended a treatment in which you saturate the creased area with stretching compound then heat them with a hair dryer until completely dry. By chance I happened upon a method that is easier, does not require using stretching fluid (which scares me for what it might do to leather), and uses gentler heat:
I was Sno Sealing a pair of shoes that I use for inclement weather. Obviously not even the nicest shoes I have, let alone the high end shoes many SF's favor. I am not sure I would Sno Seal such shoes.
Anyway, With shoe trees in, I placed them in an electric oven for heat, rather than using a hair dryer. This was too avoid overheating them, which is a worry for me with the dryer.
Using the oven, I set the temperature to 130 degrees. That warmed them uniformly, but never got any part of the shoes actually hot.
I did not check the real temperature since my oven thermometer does not go down that low. It was warm enough to melt Sno Seal, but cool enough that I could remove the cookie sheet on which I set the shoes with my bare hands, and handle the shoes immediately.
As usual with Sno Seal, it took several applications until the leather would take no more. By the time the sealing was done I found that the creases in the vamps had almost completely disappeared. I have not worn them yet to see how quickly they return, but those who hate creases may want to give this a try.
I have not tried heat alone, or heat with conditioner used for dress shoes, so I don't know how much the Sno Seal contributed. Perhaps some shoe afficionado will want to try it. I am pretty sure the heat would not be harmful to the shoes, it just was not that hot.