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post #1546 of 1866
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Originally Posted by JubeiSpiegel View Post


I use to use it quite often, it does wonders to soften stiff leather. I have stopped due to all the talk about the detriment of solvent cleaners.

Now I'm simply using the AE leather lotion, no Reno now a days. It simply adds moisture back to the leather...

 

Hm, never heard of that one. By that token, I guess you could even use Obenauf's...

post #1547 of 1866
Obenaufs is a very heavy oil, I wouldn't use it on dress calf, only tougher workbooks and such. It attracts a lot of dust and dirt that can act like sandpaper in the creases. Also it just smothers the leather. You need something lighter than absorbs, not just sits there. Also, good luck getting a shine after smothering your shoes with obeneufs.
post #1548 of 1866
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Actually Obenaufs is the only other thing I really use - but agree, it only goes on work boots, and not even all my work boots at that. The stuff is really sticky and attracts dirt, which causes all the problems PB mentioned.
post #1549 of 1866
Remember the days when you polished your shoes with stuff that was cheap, effective and non-damaging? Thank goodness the luxury market saved us from that.
post #1550 of 1866
Well the cheap stuff is by far worse, but the fact is the quality of calf has declined because of the hormones and grains they pump into cows, furthermore the demand for high quality leather isn't what it once was. So, now we have fickle leather.
post #1551 of 1866
Curiously, I haven't had to bin a pair of shows because of Kiwi. Hopefully the gemming fails first.
post #1552 of 1866

Interesting video relevant to the women's fashion discussion a little while back.

post #1553 of 1866
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Originally Posted by bourbonbasted View Post

Canta, how often are you applying Reno? Every week and half seems really excessive...

You seem really excessive.

Srsly tho. I thought Renovateur will still the greatest thing since sliced bread.

Sounds like I need to ease way up on that and just polish with wax generally.
post #1554 of 1866
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Originally Posted by gdl203 View Post

Not in my experience. If the wax is shined really well and feels completely dry to the touch, friction doesn't cause scuffs like it does on a shoe polished with cream.

How long do you let the wax dry before brushing / buffing? Am I not waiting long enough? Or am I not waiting long enough after the process is complete before subjecting them to the cold scuffy world?
post #1555 of 1866
I only use wax on the toe and heels. It is prone to build up and cause cracking in areas that flex like the vamp. My vamp only gets cream these days. If you don't have a good build up of wax on the toe and heels of your shoes it will take many layers of applying, drying and buffing to get a really good shine. So to answer your question about 3-5 minutes works and then go back to them after 10 sometimes a buff after it sits and the solvents dry more you can raise a better shine.
post #1556 of 1866
I give the wax layer about 30 mins to dry before buffing. Then add cream, leave for another 30 then buff.
post #1557 of 1866
Cream on top of wax polish?

Sounds like everyone does it differently... 30 mins is a good time to let it dry before final buff and shine.
post #1558 of 1866
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Originally Posted by gdl203 View Post

Cream on top of wax polish?

Sounds like everyone does it differently... 30 mins is a good time to let it dry before final buff and shine.

Sorry, you're right i have it backwards.

Also, I could watch this video on repeat. It's very soothing.
post #1559 of 1866
Am I allowed to say I wish were Japanese?
post #1560 of 1866
A'ight.

Imma try an amalgamation of everyone's suggestions. (Thanks, guys)

No more Renovateur (dead to me) except maybe once in a while.

Wax on just the toe box and heel.

Shoe cream on everything else.

Let it sit 30 min before brushing / buffing.

If this doesn't work, I'll just give up and be the guy that always wears sandals. It'll just be my thing. But hopefully it won't come to that.
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