, of course no problem posting the pics. That's what SF is all about. Looks like you know what you're doing, so no need to repeat stuff. You now know what we meant by, 'just get a feel for the polish'. It ain't that hard, and all these threads and words make a very simple thing sound complicated.
I don't know how soft your cloth is. To get to the 'next level', I use cheap flannelette (from haberdasher). The important thing is that it isn't the thick stuff. If it feels spongy to the touch, don't buy it. The stuff I get is usually white or pale yellow. Almost as thin as paper card. The thicker stuff will act like a sponge, always sucking up too much water to be any superior (no harm done though). By flannelette, I mean the same kind of stuff they make shoe bags out of. It's soft and fleecy. Many do well by just an old t-shirt. This just never worked for me.
Now, there will be many people reading this who can't believe how particular and fussy we're getting. But like I said, if it's good enough for the Japanese master polishers to consider an art form... same goes for me too. It's fun and doable by anyone, rich or poor... er... once you've bought your $200 worth of Saphir products that is
Also, right now you'll want to mirror shine everything (it's illegal to mirror shine small children and pets in the UK). Just stick to one or two pairs of shoes for now. The novelty, like a thin coat of Renovateur, will wear off. Like Patrick (?), I experimented on some RMW boots, only to realize they're best left to plain old RMW Saddle Dressing. Whatever, it's a nice trick to have up your sleeve.
The pic above was of the cheaper range C&J leather. Those in particular probably had no more than 50 - 60 coats. Those were early days. I've since moved up in quality of leather/shoe and number of thinner coats. So, like I said, I'm probably now averaging 100+ coats.Crat
, cheers for the compliment. I've tried to not to post too many pics. Don't want to come off like a poser.
Lear (who is in fact a poser)