Originally Posted by archangle13
Does anyone use leather conditioner on the inside of the shoes? Especially under the vamp, where the majority of the creases are.
Originally Posted by EnsitMike
Can someone give some quick insight as to the difference of cirage and glaçage.
From what I gather, glaçage is what we know as a spit shine or mirror shine in english, however I have heard that the cirage is an art in itself. At first, I was under the impression that cirage was the use of cream polish rather than wax polish, but all of the videos I have seen on it show people applying wax, though just with much less of a finish relative to a spitshine.
That just had me curious as to why people call it an art in itself when compared to the glaçage.
four steps to create a patine/patina.
decapage => stripping. using acetone, bleach, sandpaper, or anything that gets rids of dyes/color. none of the renomat weaksauce. can skip this part for raw leather.
teinture => dyeing. the art of patina.
cirage => polish. either cream or wax. some companies creating faux patina using cirage instead of leather dyes, thus the reason people call it 'art'. but in reality its much less an art/skill compare to shoe dyeing.
glacage => mirror shine/spit shine/fire shine.
the other important part of patina creation is burnishing, which is essentially wax + heat that changes/burns the wax into the leather pore. sole edges finishes this way. toe caps are sometimes 'burnished' by going through high speed polishing machines and wax polishes.