Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH
I'm a bit late to the game here as I have been in Seattle for the last week or so, but I would be very curious to hear what DW says about Glens products. I said not long ago that I am kind of off the renovateur bandwagon in favor of lexol, but I am curious as to the migration issue with Glen's products. For example, Lexol states that they designed their conditioners to stay where they are applied so it doesn't get into adjacent clothing and such and I wonder if this holds true for flexing as well. I have always wondered whether many natural products, while great conditioners don't simply get "wrung out" as soon as the leather is flexed, whereas a Lexol stays in place and keeps conditioning. I'm curious on the thoughts of both Glen and DW.
I finally got my first look at GlenKaren products. I'm more impressed than ever. The paste wax goes on so smooth and yet builds up so quickly. Glenjay had a pair of Lobbs that he spit-shined with the GlenKaren paste and they looked terrific. Lots of carnuba.
The cream waxes are a little stiffer than Saphir or Meltonian but they went on my alligator/calf balmorals easily and a minute or two later I was buffing it to a good shine. The GK creams use orange oil as a solvent and it evaporates three (?) times faster than turpentine, but is a better solvent and cleaner than turp.
The cleaner and conditioner took a little longer than the cream to penetrate the leather...as would be expected...but when it dried, it buffed up nicely. It also picked up dead/oxidized black polish from the shoe (cleaning) which I saw on my fingers. I used my fingers to apply all of the product...except the paste while spit shining...and it was nice to know that I wasn't absorbing petroleum distillates through my skin.
One nice thing, too, is that there's two to three times as much product in the little jars as with either Saphir or Meltonian. Yet the amounts needed (and recommended) are probably half of what you need for other products. And if you use your fingers you won't be applying more cream to the cloth than to the shoe. One of these demi-jars is gonna last a good long time.
I am quite enthusiastic about GlenKaren products and intend to include a jar with every shoe order.
Anyway...first impressions...but I just don't see a downside.