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The Hanger Project: Affiliate thread - Page 112post #1667 of 177411/29/15 at 6:35pmpost #1668 of 177412/1/15 at 6:47pmpost #1669 of 177412/4/15 at 9:22ampost #1670 of 177412/4/15 at 1:20pmQuote:
It's no different than waxing a car. A bit more pressure and you can get a higher shine. Of course you can't do this at the beginning but as the wax becomes a bit slicker you can apply a bit more pressure. They key is that the wax and water becomes nice and smooth. It helps to have the right mixture of water and wax and a good cotton rag. I use the older style diapers myself and I don't always go for the highest spit shine possible. A little bit at times can go a long way. post #1671 of 177412/4/15 at 3:14pmQuote:
@flvinny521 It depends.
Generally speaking, brand new, softer wax will require lighter pressure in order to work the wax to harden without disturbing the layers underneath, no matter how many have already been applied, EXCEPT at the end of an application when the wax has worked to a hardened state - then a bit more pressure can be used to finish the layer (with appropriate water or water/alcohol mixture).
With older, hardened wax a bit more pressure can generally be used throughout the process.
Your tool (cotton pad, chamois, old t shirt, diaper, etc.) is yet another influencing variable, as each has a different feel and influence on the application and manipulation of the wax.
Ultimately, this process is somewhat subjective and takes a bit of experimentation to develop your own technique, during which process you'll also identify by feel how best to address the inevitable change in a variable.post #1672 of 177412/4/15 at 5:57pmThread Starter
Not technically Hanger Project business, but @kirbya has graciously offered a Russian Reindeer wallet or passport holder (winner's choice) from A Suitable Wardrobe for our charity auctions for the Ronald McDonald House:
Fok.post #1673 of 177412/6/15 at 12:08pm
Welcome back to Shoe Shine Sunday, this time with an edition focused on The Hanger Project's Yak Hair Brush, complete with video.
Saphir Pommadier Cream Polish in Light Brown, Neutral
Saphir Pate de Luxe Wax Polish in Medium Brown, Dark Brown, Neutral
Shining a shoe, like any polishing activity, involves building a finish using different levels of abrasion to help create the "shine" at the end of the process. Much like sandpaper, different shoe brushes vary in their abrasion ranging from rough, e.g., pig bristle, to fine, e.g., goat hair. Other brush variables affect their respective efficacy, e.g., bristle density and bristle length, but the actual type of bristle tends to be the determinant of the usage of the brush.
Standard horsehair brushes are great tools because they are more abrasive than "finishing" brushes such that they effectively remove excess polish and wax from the leather's surface, but they are not so abrasive as to render their use on smooth calfskin or cordovan ill advised (as is the case with pig bristle). However, you can think of a horsehair brush as medium grit sandpaper to be followed with a finer grit, so when shining shoes finer brushes like The Hanger Project's Yak hair brushes are great for "finishing" the shine.
The Yak hair brush is intended as a finishing brush, so for these videos after the preparation stage I exclusively used the Yak hair brush on the left boot in order to highlight the difference in efficacy between the standard horsehair and the Yak hair brush. The Yak hair brush is not as abrasive as a standard horsehair brush so it isn't quite as effective at removing excess wax and polish, but given it's lower level of abrasion it is better for creating a glossier shine once the surface has been prepared appropriately, i.e., with the horsehair brush. Thus, I do not recommend exclusively using the Yak brush for an entire shine, but as you'll see at the end of the video using the Yak brush following the standard horsehair (as was done on the right boot) makes a big difference in the level and depth of the shine, without using any different techniques, tools or materials.
As always, feel free to post any and all questions — I will answer them!
Polishing & Brushingpost #1674 of 177412/20/15 at 8:26amJust ordered the pocket wallet and key holder in the Russian Reindeer. I have a Bottega Veneta travel wallet and like it plenty but I think it will be nice to have a bit of change, especially now that I put my Goyard card case into retirement. Plus the key holder will keep my pockets a little more organized than the BV key ring I have nowpost #1675 of 17741/2/16 at 1:35pmpost #1676 of 17741/6/16 at 3:11pmpost #1677 of 17741/26/16 at 7:32ampost #1678 of 17741/27/16 at 6:07pmpost #1679 of 17741/27/16 at 6:10pmQuote:
Ah, that's annoying. Can you email us? You also might try removing the items from your cart and reading them. PayPal says this can occur when the price of an item has changed since it was added to the cart.post #1680 of 17741/27/16 at 6:59pm
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