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Originally Posted by CesarC View Post

Ok, I made a grave error and I'm seeking advice on how to correct it.  I've already tried some things, but they've helped but not gotten the job done to completion.  I don't need you to berate me on my stupidity, I am doing that to myself.  Here is the situation:

I have some old shell that had been maintained for a long time via the Mac Method.  Unfortunately the shoes reached a point of dry desperation that was not adequately reprieved by thorough and repeated treatments of Renovateur.  I had experimented with using mink oil sparingly on old shell and was not going to try that again.  I had read about the horrors of using beeswax-based conditioners on shell, but I had been having such good luck with Obenauf's Leather Oil (not LP) that I gave just a little to the critical areas of the vamp in danger of cracking. I immediately regretted my decision, and I can't go back.

The vamp now feels slimy and meaty.  I have tried using a ton of Renovateur to solvate the remaining culprit, but this has not been enough.  I have tried other cleaners / conditioners but they have not done enough. I tried cleaning with water to force out the waxes, but that hasn't worked either. 

I want to get rid of the remaining Obenauf's in there, and get back to the beautiful glow present on the rest of the shoes.  Any recommendations? I would never think to use Renomat on shell, but now I'm wondering if that's the lesser of the two evils.  Maybe that would be ok if treated with dubbin afterward? I have no idea how to fix my blunder, if indeed there is a way. Help?

You should be able to clean off that residue with a leather soap like in step 3 here:

http://riderboot.com/2012/03/24/shell-cordovan-clean-up/

The conditioners won't help with this issue.....I would suggest the 'soap' step.
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In what situations, if any, do you guys use neutral wax polish?
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I never do
post #5209 of 10738
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Originally Posted by charliebrown2 View Post

In what situations, if any, do you guys use neutral wax polish?

i use neutral when i go for a mirror shine and cant find the same color wax as the shoe color and when the shoe has some patina on it and want to damage it!

post #5210 of 10738
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Originally Posted by charliebrown2 View Post

In what situations, if any, do you guys use neutral wax polish?
Natural or antique sole edges but only cause I got it
Anybody have an opinion on Lincoln shoe polish . I know Marines and shoe shine stands love it. It seems really hard . I dont know if thats the result of high carnuba or its just old
Edited by englade321 - 5/19/13 at 3:06pm
post #5211 of 10738
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Originally Posted by charliebrown2 View Post

In what situations, if any, do you guys use neutral wax polish?

To add the final layer of spit shine. And as a cleaner. And as a welt edge conditioner.
post #5212 of 10738
Are these patent opera pumps beyond help? $20 at a consignment shop. I could live with the flaw being noticeable, as long as they turned out somewhat decent after a little TLC. Just wasn't sure what could be done with the patent leather, so I passed on them.





They are the kind of thing I can't justify buying new, as I'll wear them almost never. But I thrifted a 1950s Brooks tux recently, along with a Brooks bow and cummerbund, and would love to complete the set on the cheap.
Edited by ChetB - 5/19/13 at 5:27pm
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I think that my boots were finished via "dip dye." So I'd have to redo the dip dye if I want the same dusty finish. Does anybody know how I can condition dip dyed boots without removing the dye finish?

post #5214 of 10738
I plan to use neutral wax on my Allen Edmonds Rutledges in Walnut. I dont want to affect the different walnut tones in the shoe so I go with neutral.

Or does someone else have a suggestion for shining up the Rutledge?
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Apologies in advance if this has been covered but I have searched this thread and couldn't find an answer. What is the recommended shoe care regiment and product(s) for Kudu?

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Originally Posted by ChetBakerSings View Post

Are these patent opera pumps beyond help? $20 at a consignment shop. I could live with the flaw being noticeable, as long as they turned out somewhat decent after a little TLC. Just wasn't sure what could be done with the patent leather, so I passed on them.





They are the kind of thing I can't justify buying new, as I'll wear them almost never. But I thrifted a 1950s Brooks tux recently, along with a Brooks bow and cummerbund, and would love to complete the set on the cheap.

Tarrago self-shine color dye is the ticket here........

http://www.shoecaresupplies.com/Shoe_Dye_p/tarrago-color-kit.htm?gclid=CO6D0fjYpLcCFclj7AodrlkAog
post #5217 of 10738
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Originally Posted by denverbizman42 View Post

I plan to use neutral wax on my Allen Edmonds Rutledges in Walnut. I dont want to affect the different walnut tones in the shoe so I go with neutral.

Or does someone else have a suggestion for shining up the Rutledge?
Doesn't AE carry a walnut polish?
post #5218 of 10738
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Originally Posted by Beach Bum View Post


Doesn't AE carry a walnut polish?

 

I am surprised that they call the Rutledge "walnut", because it is a very different color from their other walnut shoes in my opinion.  AE does carry a walnut polish, but it is definitely more of a deep tan with orangey undertones.  I don't think I would use it on the Rutledge. 

post #5219 of 10738
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Originally Posted by charliebrown2 View Post

In what situations, if any, do you guys use neutral wax polish?

 

That's all I use.

 

Never understood the point of a tinted wax; you don't wax your car with color-matched wax.

post #5220 of 10738
Same here ... I used tinted creams when I want to instill some pigment ... otherwise, I use neutral wax for the shine.
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