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Originally Posted by Hampton View Post

Damn C&J wax sucks really bad. 

I haven't had issues with mine.
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Originally Posted by chogall View Post

Don't blame the wax when you can't raise a shine. That said, different waxes solidify differently.

No i'm getting my shine just perfect with saphir? Went with C&J 2 times and it is the worst ever.

 

You can also see the wax quality when comparing them. 

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Originally Posted by goodlensboy View Post

Please try to post pics in natural light, with before and after shots


I'll try and get some in natural light.
 

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Originally Posted by chogall View Post


Did you strip using Clorox/bleach or acetone or dye preparer? Why not strip the toes and the broguing/gimping? Remember to condition after striping and don't wax right away or you would seal the smell.

Shoe in picture looks unnaturally painted instead of a patina.

 

I did selective stripping using acetone.  I only stripped the toe, heel, lower sides, and lace section. 

Shoot.  I did not condition after stripping.  What is the side effects of not doing so?  The only conditioner I have is leather honey, is that fine?

Thanks for all the feedback Chogall

Edit:  Also, I am going for a little bit more of an artificial look.  I want them too look like a custom piece.  I'm thinking of putting pure black on the very tips and doing a quick gradient blend to the red.


Edited by EnsitMike - 3/28/13 at 2:04pm
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Originally Posted by JermynStreet View Post


So does AE while we're on the topic. Honestly, the only wax I've been able to get a true spit shine with is saphir.

i have to disagree with that in some point!! if u ll get  a mirror finish or a spit shine it depends most of the time on the method you are up to!! generally bee's wax bassed  polishes has the benefit of spit shine a lot easier than the others! ofcourse never forget to leave wax rest after aplication( saphir needs about 3-5 minutes to solidifie and give his best spit shine  when A.E and Collonil (same brand, AE is rebranded Collonil refer always on the  mid range cause 1909 Collonil is different story) needs at least 6-8 minutes of rest before brush)!

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Hey guys,

So I finished my first pair. Really simple, and not much of a challenge after you understand how the dye lays down.  

 I had a question though, how long should I wait to apply leather conditioner and then polish these after applying the dye?

Let me know what you all think.

 

 

 

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Job well done though the outcome is a bit flashy for my taste.
I usually wait approx. 10-20 min before applying conditioner.
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Job well done though the outcome is a bit flashy for my taste.
I usually wait approx. 10-20 min before applying conditioner.

Appreciate that Crat.  Your posts were actually one of the main resources that led me into this.

I do hope to do some more sophisticated looking work later on.  These were a practice run on a disposable pair of Cole Haans.  Figured I'd push the envelope and see how the dyes blend and work into the leather. Thanks for the info, I'll be coating these in some leather honey and then doing a mirror shine in the morning to finish off that flashy theme. I'll post some images if it turns out half alright.

 

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I would wait overnight. Dye smell doesn't dissipate that quickly.

And it looks like you didn't strip enough.

Looking good btw, flashy but matches your streetwear look well
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Dye smell?
Mine is odourless, I think. Or atleast it doesn't have a prnetrant smell. Or maybe I've just gotten used to it laugh.gif
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size?

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I've had a lot of questions lately, I hope you all don't mind.  Fairly new to this.


On the images above of the shoe I just completed I was fairly confident in mixing brown, red, and black cream polishes, just to restore color and condition over time.

On the toe, however, I am planning to do a mirror today.  Do wax polishes blend, lets say black and neutral?  I'd just like the brilliance of black polish for the black section of the toe. Possible, or am I stuck with neutral for the entire thing?

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Originally Posted by EnsitMike View Post

I've had a lot of questions lately, I hope you all don't mind.  Fairly new to this.


On the images above of the shoe I just completed I was fairly confident in mixing brown, red, and black cream polishes, just to restore color and condition over time.

On the toe, however, I am planning to do a mirror today.  Do wax polishes blend, lets say black and neutral?  I'd just like the brilliance of black polish for the black section of the toe. Possible, or am I stuck with neutral for the entire thing?

if you dont want to damage the patina u have made stay on neutral wax!

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