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Removing old layers of polish - photo tutorial

post #1 of 25
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Thought this might help some people renovate some old shoes...

I managed to snag some EGs from eBay but when they arrived - they were caked with layers of wax polish.

I tried to use a stiff brush but to no avail so I decided to get serious with some white spirit.

This is the surface of the shoes when I received them:

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I used white spirit, a bowl of water and some cotton buds:

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I would quickly dab the cotton bud in the water and then up-end the white spirit bottle briefly. Wipe the shoes (not too hard) and the old layers will soon start to come off:

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The right shoe has been done:

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Once it was done to each shoe I gave them an hour for the white spirit to fully evaporate and then repeated the process. The surface started to look a lot better:

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I left them overnight in a well ventilated area and returned in the morning to apply some shoe cream / conditioner:

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Next up was some Saphir (two applications):

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Followed by a single application of wax polish:

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The finished product:

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post #2 of 25
Great work!
post #3 of 25
Wow, what a difference. That looks fantastic; thanks for sharing.
post #4 of 25
What is "White Spirits" called in the US?
post #5 of 25
Read the label, it's paint thinner or also known as mineral spirts.
post #6 of 25
beautiful shoes either way
post #7 of 25
nice tutorial, thanks!
post #8 of 25
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Originally Posted by Roger Everett View Post

Read the label, it's paint thinner or also known as mineral spirts.

what mineral turpentine or methylated spirits? Or thinners?
post #9 of 25
Wikipedia to the rescue

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_spirit

Shoes look a lot better after cleaning up the old wax buildup.
post #10 of 25
Can you explain why you used the sapphire product and the kiwi wax?
post #11 of 25
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by atct86 View Post

Can you explain why you used the sapphire product and the kiwi wax?

I probably didn't need to. I just thought the white spirit could have been quite harsh on the areas of stitching - especially the apron and so I applied a wax polish to form a little more of a barrier.
post #12 of 25
You will be receiving a box of all my shoes next week for maintenance. smile.gif
post #13 of 25
Those look great! Good work!
post #14 of 25
Thanks for posting!
post #15 of 25
Have you ever used the White Spirits on the cordovan?
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