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**The Official Shoe Care Thread: Tutorials, Photos, etc.** - Page 629post #9421 of 198745/23/14 at 9:36ampost #9422 of 198745/23/14 at 10:19amQuote:Originally Posted by Petepan
Interesting. Thanks for that. The dirt in these crevasses would only scratch the surface of the leather, i gather, which to PB is merely an issue of aesthetics, not health of the fibres. Also, the implication is that fibres are not present on the surface of leather, which sounds hmmm, but i take it on face value.
You're being obtuse. grit getting into the creases starts as a tiny scratch, but results in leather fibre breaking over time. The wearability of the shoe to a large extent is determined by the presence of holes in the creases that develop from many things and exacerbated by dirt and dust in these creases that these products attract.
How do these products attract dust? Really? It is just the basic properties of the ingredients. Anything waxy, or oily substances get stuck on and just the particles in the air alone get stuck on it as opposed to a smooth surface where they just blow along. I know people who do little, if anything to their shoes that are without cracks I feel this is one of the reasons. I have had way too many bad experiences using too many products on my shoes. I'll say it again, these products make your shoes shiny, but the chemistry behind them actually doing anything beneficial, or nourishing to the structure of the leather is weak.post #9423 of 198745/23/14 at 7:20pmThank you everyone for your input on this topic. It's these kinds of conversations that teach me the most about shoe care.
I've been trying to put a decent shine on the toe and heel of a pair of shoes and I think I had a little too much water on the unfinished surface of the toe for too long and had spots appear. (Pictured below.) I was using GlenKaren paste wax for reference though I think that had nothing to do with it.
I get raised water spots with other shoes on the off occasion when they get a little wet but I've never seen such a drastic change in color. I'm hoping these go away when they dry up, as they do with my other pair. However in the event they don't does anyone have a clue on what to do?
It's normal tap water. I have the Glenkaren conditioner/cleaner but I didn't want to use any more product until I had an idea of what is going on.
Thankspost #9424 of 198745/23/14 at 8:00pmpost #9425 of 198745/23/14 at 9:00pmQuote:
Thank you pB, do you mean Renomat? I don't currently own it but I have the GlenKaren cleaner/conditioner which I've noticed removes wax and polish quite effectively. Perhaps I can try using that on one of the smaller spots off to the side?
I just don't want to put anything on it to make it worse. If it's moisture between leather and wax, I can handle that.
Thank you!post #9426 of 198745/23/14 at 11:13pmpost #9427 of 198745/24/14 at 4:06amWhich colour of saphir wax would you use for tan scotch grain CJ?? I bought a "yellow" saphir wax tin, but im afraid to use it because it seems a bit "too yellow"...anyone has already used this colour for tan grain?
Would it be better to use neutral wax for this shoes?what i dont want is to change the original colour (i assume that they will get a bit darker with age but i dont want to accelerate the natural process of the leather...) can anyone give me some advice in order to properly care my tan scotch grain cj shoes?thank you very very much!!post #9428 of 198745/24/14 at 4:19amQuote:Originally Posted by treipok
Which colour of saphir wax would you use for tan scotch grain CJ?? I bought a "yellow" saphir wax tin, but im afraid to use it because it seems a bit "too yellow"...anyone has already used this colour for tan grain?
Would it be better to use neutral wax for this shoes?what i dont want is to change the original colour (i assume that they will get a bit darker with age but i dont want to accelerate the natural process of the leather...) can anyone give me some advice in order to properly care my tan scotch grain cj shoes?thank you very very much!!
Neutral would be the ticket......post #9429 of 198745/24/14 at 4:33ampost #9430 of 198745/24/14 at 4:43amQuote:
Oh...I didn't read anything about restoring color...sorry.
In reality, cream would be the product to use to add/restore color.....to any shoe. Wax - even tinted wax - is more for protection and shine.
Note also that, since you mentioned a scotch grain, this leather will need more work to add color than a smooth calf since the leather has been stamped; basically closing the grain. Just a little more time required.post #9431 of 198745/24/14 at 4:53ampost #9432 of 198745/24/14 at 5:25amQuote:
Very doubtful that "yellow" would change the colour much. Restore the colour yes, but as long as the cream/wax is a shade lighter than the leather it isn't going to darken the leather, that's for sure. The yellow might add a bit of a "glow," but that's about all it's going to do.post #9433 of 198745/24/14 at 6:19am
I recently acquired a few tin cans of burgol wax polish which is considered a premium wax. Regardless of how hard I try, I struggle to get a good shine from it - something which I manage easily with kiwi or AE or even loake wax. My technique is the simple - little bit of wax plus a drop of water using an old cotton t-shirt. Anyone have this problem ?post #9434 of 198745/24/14 at 7:02amQuote:Originally Posted by Staffer18283
I recently acquired a few tin cans of burgol wax polish which is considered a premium wax. Regardless of how hard I try, I struggle to get a good shine from it - something which I manage easily with kiwi or AE or even loake wax. My technique is the simple - little bit of wax plus a drop of water using an old cotton t-shirt. Anyone have this problem ?
Yes I have found Burgol to be the most difficult to get a good shine out of Saphir, collonil and Boot black, and of course Kiwi.post #9435 of 198745/24/14 at 7:30am
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