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post #6211 of 12491

Hi Gents,

 

Created a nice bull shine on my toe caps, however I've got some fine swirl marks on the finish.

What do you guys use to remove the swirl marks? Its my first attempt at mirror-shining, and I'm impressed so far, except for the swirls.

 

I used some of my girlfriend's panty hose to try to rub off the swirls, but no luck. Any advice please?

 

Miguel

post #6212 of 12491
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Originally Posted by MiguelSF View Post

Hi Gents,

Created a nice bull shine on my toe caps, however I've got some fine swirl marks on the finish.
What do you guys use to remove the swirl marks? Its my first attempt at mirror-shining, and I'm impressed so far, except for the swirls.

I used some of my girlfriend's panty hose to try to rub off the swirls, but no luck. Any advice please?

Miguel

Polish should dry and leave no marks, and you can use clothes or horsehair brush to buff out.
post #6213 of 12491
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Originally Posted by MiguelSF View Post

Hi Gents,

 

Created a nice bull shine on my toe caps, however I've got some fine swirl marks on the finish.

What do you guys use to remove the swirl marks? Its my first attempt at mirror-shining, and I'm impressed so far, except for the swirls.

 

I used some of my girlfriend's panty hose to try to rub off the swirls, but no luck. Any advice please?

 

Miguel

i assume you are using a cotton old t-shirt cloth to build up the mirror shine?

 

you have something like that i think

 

i tend to use 2 methods to make this disappear!

 

1) take a polish cloth(sunglasses or something similar in texture microfiber cloth) take  a  tiny amount(like 2-3 pinhead for the entire toe) of cream polish and with circular motion apply it on the entire toe!!it ll fill all these and become smooth as glass!

 

2) the same procedure with the same amount of renovateur this time!!dont put a lot of it cause it ll strip of the wax!

 

my mirror shinning method is a little different and dont need to do this but i think this ll help you achieve what you wish for!!

hope i helped!! :)

post #6214 of 12491
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Originally Posted by MiguelSF View Post

Hi Gents,
Created a nice bull shine on my toe caps, however I've got some fine swirl marks on the finish.
What do you guys use to remove the swirl marks? Its my first attempt at mirror-shining, and I'm impressed so far, except for the swirls.
Using the advice in this post, I've found that breathing hot breath onto the shoe, and then very lightly swirling a soft cloth will smooth out that kind of texture. Use a very light touch, just glazing the cloth over the surface.
post #6215 of 12491

The hot breath and polish towel (microfiber) worked a treat to remove the swirl marks. Thanks for the tip.

 

This was lurking somewhere on this gigantic thread, so here is another link to a video that was the most effective with my experience.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDF18Ob8bhc

 

First time I've achieved a pretty good finish, and am pretty happy. Can't wait to try this on a nicer pair of shoes.

I used Kiwi parade gloss wax (with carnauba).

 

 

post #6216 of 12491
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Originally Posted by MiguelSF View Post

The hot breath and polish towel (microfiber) worked a treat to remove the swirl marks. Thanks for the tip.

This was lurking somewhere on this gigantic thread, so here is another link to a video that was the most effective with my experience.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDF18Ob8bhc

First time I've achieved a pretty good finish, and am pretty happy. Can't wait to try this on a nicer pair of shoes.
I used Kiwi parade gloss wax (with carnauba).




That is nice shine!
post #6217 of 12491

Thanks mate! 

 

I think spending more time would yield a much better result, as I only spent approx. 10 minutes on each shoe to achieve that result.

 

But I'm quite happy for someone who simply read this thread and had zero clue prior on how to properly take care of leather shoes.

 

Now to try this on some Loake 1880 Toe Caps! Currently awaiting approval from the treasurer...

post #6218 of 12491

There was some discussion in this thread, back here, about boned calf. 

 

I emailed BB and asked whether the shoes were boned calf or corrected grain. In the email, I asked how to care for them.  I also posted the CG question on their website on July 3, here.  It was showing up as an unanswered question for the last week, and now it is gone. They also never replied to my email. 

 

I am not impressed. I just reposted the question, but it is not showing up yet.

post #6219 of 12491
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Originally Posted by MiguelSF View Post

Hi Gents,

Created a nice bull shine on my toe caps, however I've got some fine swirl marks on the finish.
What do you guys use to remove the swirl marks? Its my first attempt at mirror-shining, and I'm impressed so far, except for the swirls.

I used some of my girlfriend's panty hose to try to rub off the swirls, but no luck. Any advice please?

Miguel

If you stop by your local clothier/tailor shop and ask for thrown away Bemberg linings, it makes an ideal finishing buffing rag. Old silk neckties as well.
post #6220 of 12491
Cheers mate, I've a few old silk ties I can sacrifice as a final buff cloth.

Well thankfully the polish has really sunken into the pores. Checked this morning and did a quick hot breath and light polish with a microfibre cloth, ran my fingers on the toe and no excess polish came off.

Might attempt at achieving a better mirror finish later. This is so addictive...
post #6221 of 12491
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How can I water-resist this leather?


I recommend soft/hard wax, because Montana may make an oil stain.

Saphir Renovateur (shoe cream)  water-soluble  no water resistant
Saphir MDO Pommadier Creme 1925 (soft polish)  oil-soluble  moderate water resistant
shoe polish (hard polish)  oil-soluble  moderate water resistant
Montana Pitch-Blend Leather Dressing  oil-soluble  best water resistant


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Originally Posted by Ducc View Post

Last time I polished, I had difficulty getting the creme evenly distributed,

I bought a brush that I hope helps apply it better

Yes, a brush is useful for even spreading.

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My fear is that the water took color out of the leather (not just off the top), and that re-application of polish will darken both the stain and the non-stain, causing everything to just get darker without removing the actual stain texture.

I suppose an oil/ink stain must be removed, but a water stain does not necessarily need to be removed.

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I've seen recommendations that say to use water to essentially stain the entire shoe, to smooth out the texture, and then re-polish the whole shoe. But that seems like I could be making things worse.

Yes, that is like enlarging the boundary line up to welt with damp cloth, and needs some experience.

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It's possible that water softens the layer of polish, making it easier to wipe off. But if that's true, then applying Renovateur all over the area should do the same thing, and smooth the polish out. The whole situation seems odd to me, because these cremes are basically waxes and oils; how is water having an effect at all?

I am not sure, but Renovateur may make a spot if it is used partially.
Edited by VegTan - 7/14/13 at 9:47pm
post #6222 of 12491
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Originally Posted by MiguelSF View Post

I used Kiwi parade gloss wax (with carnauba).

 

 

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Now to try this on some Loake 1880 Toe Caps! Currently awaiting approval from the treasurer...

i dont recommend using parade gloss on good shoes!! silicone will dry out leather and make it crack after some time!

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Might attempt at achieving a better mirror finish later. This is so addictive...

 sorry to say that but the picture is way off mirror shine!the surface isnt smooth as glass! this is a good spitshine(reflecting some of the surrounding well lighted area) but not mirror shine at all!

when you ll go at the mirror shine point you ll have to  see the surrounding are clear as in a mirror and not blur!! you are in a good way but you ll need some more layers!!

 

i recommend you to learn how to mirror shine with parade gloss(cause of the silicone is mutch easyer to build a mirror shine) on some cheap shoes and then go with some better wax polish on good shoes!! happy.gif

post #6223 of 12491

For those who might want to try the Japanese 'Boot Black' brand of wax polish, A Fine Pair of Shoes still have neutral and dark brown in stock at £2.40, reduced from £7.80. It seems to be going quickly and the Boot Black cream has run out. Also, the same shop continues to advertise the Abbyhorn bone folder at  90p.

post #6224 of 12491

I expect I am telling you what you already know. Bradshaw and Lloyd indicate that the Loake's 'Shoemakers', 'L1', and 'Lifestyle' collections are all made from corrected leather.  Also, Loake's website, in small print and buried quite a way inside it suggest they use two types of leather: corrected and calf in making their shoes. By my reckoning, the '1880', 'Design' and 'Evolution' collections are made from calf. 

post #6225 of 12491
The 1880-line is the only one worth getting when buying Loake IMO.
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