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post #8731 of 19874
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Originally Posted by jd13jd13 View Post

Bickmore did an AMA today, here's a link if anyone is interested.

Thanks for that. I read through most of it. What interested me...as someone who likes and uses Bick4 ...is that the rep for Bickmore explicitly stated, at least once, that none of their products contained silicone. And implied the same another couple of times.

I was also interested in his comments about Bick5--he said it was essentially a more viscous (thicker) version of Bick 4 and that Bickmore recommended it for exotics.
post #8732 of 19874
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Originally Posted by jd13jd13 View Post

Bickmore did an AMA today, here's a link if anyone is interested.
Great link, thanks!
post #8733 of 19874

Hi all, I have a situation with my Alden cordovan Indy's - a scratch from an unknown source has turned rather nasty.

I don't mind these getting beat up but I want to make sure this tear doesn't get any worse. Your suggested will be appreciated!

They've never been conditioned.. I wiped/cleaned them with a damp rag from time to time and then used a horse hair brush for a few minutes on each, that's about it.

post #8734 of 19874
Also, there is a %10 off coupon if you buy from Bickmore's site. Code is "SPRING".
post #8735 of 19874
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Originally Posted by DWFII View Post


Thanks for that. I read through most of it. What interested me...as someone who likes and uses Bick4 ...is that the rep for Bickmore explicitly stated, at least once, that none of their products contained silicone. And implied the same another couple of times.

I was also interested in his comments about Bick5--he said it was essentially a more viscous (thicker) version of Bick 4 and that Bickmore recommended it for exotics.

When I asked about a specific silicone based ingredient which we discussed earlier, the rep refused to admit or deny whether it was in the product.

 

The Bickmore rep also managed to say there were many waxes in pure coconut oil. I'm not a chemist, but I do understand some basic organic chemistry. While both waxes and oils are lipids, they are by no means chemically the same. There are no waxes in coconut oil.

 

Not sure how reliable that rep is, DWF

post #8736 of 19874
If I used some cream to clean up and mend a blemish on one of the cap toe but did not condition the other shoe, would this be a cause for concern in terms of varying patina, if at all? Fwiw these oxfords are dark brown and the one layer of cream really helped with the blemish but I cannot tell any significant color difference initially between both shoe.
post #8737 of 19874
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Originally Posted by DWFII View Post

Thanks for that. I read through most of it. What interested me...as someone who likes and uses Bick4 ...is that the rep for Bickmore explicitly stated, at least once, that none of their products contained silicone. And implied the same another couple of times.

I was also interested in his comments about Bick5--he said it was essentially a more viscous (thicker) version of Bick 4 and that Bickmore recommended it for exotics.

If this has already been discussed, just tell me. I haven't gone back through the whole thread. But what actually is the issue with silicones/silicone-containing creams for leather ? I suppose they're used for their waterproofing properties, but is there a problem with these compounds for leather ? I bought a large box of ex-army shoe creams, which do contain silicone, and have been using them regularly.
post #8738 of 19874
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Originally Posted by thelonius View Post

If this has already been discussed, just tell me. I haven't gone back through the whole thread. But what actually is the issue with silicones/silicone-containing creams for leather ? I suppose they're used for their waterproofing properties, but is there a problem with these compounds for leather ? I bought a large box of ex-army shoe creams, which do contain silicone, and have been using them regularly.

Simple version: Silicone containing products allegedly seal the leather, not allowing it to breath, be conditioned, contributing to drying out and eventually cracking.

Forgive me for saying this but just a couple of posts ago you were a phd chemist extradonaire with 20 years professional research experience, educating us on what's relevant to leather treatment. Seems incongruent.
post #8739 of 19874
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Originally Posted by Stirling View Post

Simple version: Silicone containing products allegedly seal the leather, not allowing it to breath, be conditioned, contributing to drying out and eventually cracking.

Forgive me for saying this but just a couple of posts ago you were a phd chemist extradonaire with 20 years professional research experience, educating us on what's relevant to leather treatment. Seems incongruent.
You have to read that in the context of the thread at the time. My revealing my professional background was a response to the repeated rubbishing of what I and one other contributor were saying by some twit who had to announce their own. In any case, the effect of silicones on leather wasn't my speciality. I haven't noticed any breathing problems with my silicone-treated shoes, by the way.
post #8740 of 19874
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Originally Posted by thelonius View Post

I haven't noticed any breathing problems with my silicone-treated shoes, by the way.

I don't think you really understand.
post #8741 of 19874

I hope that this exchange about silicone and leather breathing isn't going to lead to another squabble. Let's all try to play nicely. 

post #8742 of 19874
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Originally Posted by Stirling View Post

I don't think you really understand.
That's why I asked.
post #8743 of 19874
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Originally Posted by Munky View Post

I hope that this exchange about silicone and leather breathing isn't going to lead to another squabble. Let's all try to play nicely. 

Not from my end.

Any discussion about silicone in polishes is germane to this thread.
Edited by Stirling - 4/2/14 at 3:38am
post #8744 of 19874
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Originally Posted by anrobit View Post

When I asked about a specific silicone based ingredient which we discussed earlier, the rep refused to admit or deny whether it was in the product.

Not sure how reliable that rep is, DWF

Understood. That said, I also understand that Bickmore might have a desire keep secret what ingredients are actually in their product. I have run across that attitude with Lexol and Bickmore and several other products that are on the market (I've actually called Bickmore and Lexol directly).

But I also make the distinction between avoiding the question regarding a specific ingredient and explicitly denying that another ingredient is part of the formula. The Bickmore rep actually said he would not address ingredients that might be part of the mix. Again, I don't like it but I can understand it. What choice do we have?

On the other hand, he was clear and adamant that Bickmore did not use or favour silicone.

I can't find it in myself to outright condemn either the rep or Bickmore itself for lying. If it turns out that the rep was lying, then I will be disappointed and stop using/recommending Bick4. Until then...not being a chemist...I like it and use it, in moderation, and will continue to observe its long term effects. All anyone can do, I suspect.
post #8745 of 19874
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Originally Posted by gettoasty View Post

If I used some cream to clean up and mend a blemish on one of the cap toe but did not condition the other shoe, would this be a cause for concern in terms of varying patina, if at all? Fwiw these oxfords are dark brown and the one layer of cream really helped with the blemish but I cannot tell any significant color difference initially between both shoe.
For me, personally. I would not "spot" condition or anything on my shoes. I would apply the same products to the entire shoe, both shoes.
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