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What's this on my shoe?

post #1 of 27
Thread Starter 
Hi Gentleman,

I just received my new shoes today and decided to give them a polish. Half way through polishing I couldn't help but notice this:
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What is the spot on the toe box? Did I do something wrong? How do I rectify it? Apparently, apply polish over it doesn't do anything.

Thanks gents!
post #2 of 27
I can't tell for sure from the quality of the picture, but it looks like it may be heat damage. If it is, there is nothing you can do to fix it. Perhaps others will have better insight.
post #3 of 27
Was it there before you attempted to polish them?
post #4 of 27
What shoes are these and what shoe polish are you using. Shoe polishes with solvents will some times strip of the finish layer. Take it to a good cobbler to see what the professional advice is.
post #5 of 27
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Originally Posted by Poshak Man View Post

What shoes are these and what shoe polish are you using. Shoe polishes with solvents will some times strip off the finish layer. Take it to a good cobbler to see what the professional advice is.

+1
This appears to be the case.
post #6 of 27
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Originally Posted by Patek View Post

Was it there before you attempted to polish them?


Nope. It wasn't. I'm pretty sure it's something wrong that I did but I can't seem to identify what.

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Originally Posted by Poshak Man View Post

What shoes are these and what shoe polish are you using. Shoe polishes with solvents will some times strip of the finish layer. Take it to a good cobbler to see what the professional advice is.

These are AS exclusives Moore and I'm using Saphir products. I applied reno, cream, lastly polish. Not all at once but you know the usual routine. Thanks for the advice, I'll take it to a cobbler after the New years and see what can be done.
post #7 of 27
It happened because you applied polish in the same place and it had "overloaded" with polish and water. Let it dry for a night and start it again with smaller quantities. Or strip down everything with turpentine or Renomat and start again. Check also your water levels on your polishing rag.
post #8 of 27
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Originally Posted by koolhistorian View Post

It happened because you applied polish in the same place and it had "overloaded" with polish and water. Let it dry for a night and start it again with smaller quantities. Or strip down everything with turpentine or Renomat and start again. Check also your water levels on your polishing rag.

Done. It seems better now although it can still be seen if you were to look for it. I'll try stripping it. Thanks gent.
post #9 of 27
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Originally Posted by Verniza View Post

Done. It seems better now although it can still be seen if you were to look for it. I'll try stripping it. Thanks gent.

Have you tried the Saphir cream rather than just reno & wax polish?

The only reason I mention this, Reno has solvents as it's a cleaner and the MDO Wax has a turpentine base which is a strong solvent in its own right. The Saphir creams are far more gentle and with the added pigment are a good bet at covering the mark altogether.

I like Renomat and it will probably resolve the issue but it just seems a little extreme to have to strip the shoe in this instance...
post #10 of 27
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Originally Posted by Northampton Novice View Post

Have you tried the Saphir cream rather than just reno & wax polish?
The only reason I mention this, Reno has solvents as it's a cleaner and the MDO Wax has a turpentine base which is a strong solvent in its own right. The Saphir creams are far more gentle and with the added pigment are a good bet at covering the mark altogether.
I like Renomat and it will probably resolve the issue but it just seems a little extreme to have to strip the shoe in this instance...

Would the saphir neutral cream do the trick? That's the only Saphir cream I have in my arsenal so far. Reno ---> cream ---> wax.
post #11 of 27
No, neutral products always have greater solvent properties and IMHO are best used after you have a few coats of a coloured or pigmented cream on your shoe.
post #12 of 27
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Originally Posted by Northampton Novice View Post

No, neutral products always have greater solvent properties and IMHO are best used after you have a few coats of a coloured or pigmented cream on your shoe.

+1. After some bad experiences, I now only use Saphir neutral wax and cream if I want to strip stubborn layers of polish. I don't use them to shine shoes anymore as they are more of a cleaning agent. A slightly milder form of renomat, as I see it.
Edited by Poshak Man - 12/31/11 at 11:14am
post #13 of 27
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Originally Posted by Northampton Novice View Post

No, neutral products always have greater solvent properties and IMHO are best used after you have a few coats of a coloured or pigmented cream on your shoe.
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Originally Posted by Poshak Man View Post

+1. After some bad experiences, I now only use Saphir neutral wax and cream if I want to strip stubborn layers of polish. I don't them to shine shoes anymore they are more of a cleaning agent. A slightly milder form of renomat, as I see it.

Ahh I see what's the problem now. I used renovateur and neutral cream on a brand new shoe which damaged the finishing. This has been eye opening for me, considering these are my 1st pair of leather shoes and my 1st time polishing shoes.
post #14 of 27
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Originally Posted by koolhistorian View Post

It happened because you applied polish in the same place and it had "overloaded" with polish and water. Let it dry for a night and start it again with smaller quantities. Or strip down everything with turpentine or Renomat and start again. Check also your water levels on your polishing rag.

Especially if the OP was spit-shining...I suspect that thius is the best explanation of what happened.
post #15 of 27
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Originally Posted by Northampton Novice View Post


The only reason I mention this, Reno has solvents as it's a cleaner

so why do people recommend it to noobs to use it on their new shoes with zero experience? i know that you know, btw.
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