Originally Posted by visionology
How did they get the initial high gloss shine on them? A plastic "clear" coat? The acetone didn't strip them to the leather, but instead left a good base to work from? They look nice how you have them.
If I could figure out what in the world I'd do with them, I'd snatch up the 9.5s.
The acetone just stripped them down to a burgundy. The more I rubbed, the more it removed the burgundy. But it wasn't hard to keep the finish pretty even, and I was working outside after dark. Be even easier in the day, I imagine. Now that the original finish is gone, the leather is nicely soft.
I haven't been a longwing guy before now, but I'm really happy with these. I'll wear 'em with denim, khakis, even odd trousers and sportcoats when I'm feeling tradly. I may give them a test run tomorrow.