I've been lingering for a few months and learning a lot from you all. I'm hoping someone could help me solve an issue I've run into.
I (attempted) to put a mirror shine on the toe cap of a pair of recently bought AE black Fifth Ave. Here were the steps I followed from the moment I purchased the shoes:
1. Apply Saphir Renovateur, let dry after 3 min, brush
2. Apply 2 coats of Saphir Pom creme polish, let dry, brush
3. Apply 2 coats of Saphir Pate de luxe wax, brush, buff toe cap
Mirror shine on toe cap: after completing the above, I applied 25-35 thin layers of wax using a cloth "dabbed" with a small amount of water. Using very light pressure.
Honestly, I was very pleased with the results (especially for my first attempt). Though I wouldn't label the shine "mirror," it certainly was on its way. 10-15 more layers of wax would have brought it on.
Here's the issue. After wearing the shoes once, the wax on the left toe cap has begun chipping. I'm not sure why. I imagine there are multiple scenarios. Regardless, I will need to reapply wax. Honestly, I find the whole process therapeutic, so I'm not too worked up about it. However, I understand that applying wax to the chipped surface is a bad idea. So, I'd like to remove the remaining wax from the toe cap, and start from scratch. How might I go about removing the remaining wax? I own Renomat, but I have heard enough horror stories that I'd like to refrain from having to use it if possible. Any suggestions?
I appreciate the help!