Originally Posted by jerrybrowne
Hi Nick, are you asking b/c you'd like to know how to return shell shoes after refurbishment? If so my preference would be a simple cleaning, treatment with renovateur if needed, brushing, and a light coat of wax polish.
Thanks for asking but, no.
I'm asking because I'm curious. There is no right or wrong answer to the question.
If someone does not request a specific finish we use our judgment on what to do with them. We use the condition of the shoe when it came in as a guide for determining.
We only use 3 products on cords.
1. Saph. Reno.
2. Saph MDO. made specifically for cords. Black, brown, neutral and, cordovan. (I'm going to try and convince the people at Saphir to make a whiskey color as well).
Sometimes we use a combination of the above.
Any cords that have light colored stitching get either the Reno or Venetian. Sometimes both.
Interesting though......When customers, wearing shells come in for a shine (on the stand) sometimes they ask for a parade-like shine and love the results. Others will ask for Saphir "not to shinny".
So, you as an individual may have a specific preference. The next guy's preference may be different.
I picked up some deer bones from Germany a while back. I've experimented with them on some scraps. I wasn't impressed with the results.
So, I've drawn 2 conclusions:
1. We don't have the proper technique down.
2. It's an over-rated theory.
In either case I find that it's a "risk is not worth the reward" issue.
Your comments please....