Originally Posted by Roger
Ron, just a spectacular result with those shoes (actually all the ones you've shown). I had one question: Since the antiquing is taking place via application of creams and polishes (the wax-based ones)--in addition, of course, to judicious use of alcohol and/or acetone (or substitutes for these)--will the finished antiquing be resistant to any destruction from future applications of creams and polish used in regular shoe-maintenance sessions? By this I mean will the antiqued finish be resistant to the dissolving effects of future applications that would normally eat into what lies underneath. If the latter occurred, in time the antiqued effect would be lost or smudged. One reason I like the Martegani (and other makers') Radica Calf and the John Lobb Museum Calf is that the antiqued effects are there before any finish buildup occurs. Still, EG applies their antiquing via a process that must be something like what you have done here, and their finishes seem impervious to destruction of the antiquing through future polishing. What are your thoughts on this?
Good question - and well stated, as usual Roger.
However, I DO NOT build my finishes with polish and wax - that method will not last long term (sorry to those that are doing this.....it actually might last, but certainly not to the degree someone like me can count on as dependable, for profit work). I also do not use acetone (not pure, anyway) either. Of course, I have been told that I have gone too far here in describing how I do things already (I disagree...this forum is to share idea's and methods, and I feel that - especially since I might be one of the most frequent users of this forum to market my own merchandise - that all of us with something to say in this regard have an obligation to do so), and I don't know if I should say 100% of everything I use, but anyone with access to Fiebings dye, a little analine powder to mix in, De-glazer from Angelus, sponge brushes from Home Depot, daubers, rags, silk, felt, DENIM, elbow grease, patience, time, interest and a good collection of trial shoes can achieve very similiar results. There, of course, are techniques that only ruining shoes can teach, but for the most part this process is not hard.
Yes, my finishes will hold up to routine shoe care polishing and waxing.....as well as the elements. I would take it one step further and say that, after we get through with them, the shoes will actually be better able to handle these things.
That's why this aint free