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I'v been experimenting with doing a mirror finish on the toes of my Jeffery West shoes. I achieved the finish i wanted but being a complete idiot i installed toe taps and the hammer blows caused the polish to crack. I then tried to remove the polish with alcohol and then saddle soap and it isn't working. I'v ordered Saphir renomat and i'm gonna strip the toes and start again. I'v been using shoe cream followed by saphir pate de lux wax (But once i strip i'm going to use saphir dubbin, renovateur, then cream, then wax).
Does anyone know of a way to Gently remove the wax? Bearing in mind that with a mirror finish the coat of wax is very thick. I would also like to start waxing my other shoes, but i'm concerned about drying out the leather.
Just use acetone, leather deglazer, leather dye preparer, etc. Don't need to use dubbin but just renovateur or some other conditioner.
The other gentle way to remove wax is to use high grit count (600+) sandpaper.
What would you recommend as an alternative? Also, why are you trying to avoid petroleum distillates? (Just curious, I am still new to the whole shoe care game, especially with shell.)
Look at the Leather quality and care thread. A lot of chemistry and people who know a lot about leather and the industry generally say to avoid it.
I'd personally ignore it. If you use renomat to rid it then it will be a chore to biuld the finish back up. Not worth it, imo. I'd have more of an issue with the dick and balls medallion.