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:
The conditioners won't help with this issue.....I would suggest the 'soap' step.