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Why should a oil replenish the leather if added to the surface and not the water? Especially if you have striped your shoe from wax and oils with renomat?
Renovateur is a water based product, it is an emulsion of oil and water!
Therefore it will refinish the water as well as the oils in the leather!
When I spoke to Nick last week - his regular shine is $4.00 . He also provides Saphir products at $7.00 (which does seem inexpensive for expensive shoes.
(Now if I can just figure out how to print it 100% view instead of my printer wanting to "fit it" all on a standard piece of landscape paper)
I did not know that Renovateur was an emulsion of oil and water. If used as directed, applying very sparingly, then even if it were a mix of oil and water, it would not contribute much water.
I am not pitching for or against any particular product. As I have indicated, I find the leather chemistry interesting, but I do not claim the applied knowledge required to have an opinion on what products are best. When I sent a pair of shell shoes to Nick V for new soles, he told they were dry so he treated them with Renovateur. That is about as good an endorsement as one can get.
I have used Renomat to remove caked on wax on vintage shoes and one pair one which a cobbler decided to cover the beautiful patina with a thick coat of opaque polish. Renomat, followed by Renovateur, did a great job of getting the wax off. If shoes are really dirty, I sometimes follow that sequence with Lexol cleaner to get the dirt out. But I have never had the need to use Renomat more than once on a pair of shoes. The fumes alone would rule out employing it as a routine treatment.
I have not seen any official statement of what is in Renovateur. I have seen one shoe-care site say that it contains "beeswax mink oil, hoof foot oil, and lanolin", but I don't know whether that is correct, let alone what else might be in it. If you have a MSDS, or other information on the contents of Renovateur, please post it.
Be careful and perhaps wait (or call Nick or Kirby - or both personally on Monday - and get a professional opinion)
I have emailed both Nick and Kirby about new shoes - and what process they would recommend. The products I am using are for the shoes I arealdy purchased and have worn.