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post #16 of 22
Advice from JM Weston... Wipe shoes with a slightly damp sponge to clean the skin Apply polish with a cotton cloth Once polish is dry, eliminate the surplus with a soft brush, then buff with a soft cloth For a brilliant sheen, mix a little water with the shoe polish.  Massage the leather in concentric motions.  Repeat the operation until the shine is obtained.  Leave to settle for 24 hrs then wipe with a dry cloth to perfect the shine. Grayson
I'm a little unclear here. Do you mean apply polish a second time, after the buffing with a soft cloth? Or you just apply it once, at the beginning, and mix the water in then if you want?
post #17 of 22
You could apply more polish according to Weston, to achieve a "brilliant" shine.  Keep in mind, the polish Weston uses is a beeswax-based formula, which would be naturally protective against any water than is brough into the mix.  Call me overly careful, but I'd be reluctant to use more than a few droplets of water on leather.  There comes a point where more is less. Grayson
post #18 of 22
Well, as I've said before, I stand by Lincoln Stain Wax. I couldn't tell you the exact formula, but it has alot more 'coverage' than the Kiwi brands, in my experience. Also, I have gotten in the habit of soaking a rag in dark beer and using that to spread the polish over the leather. I also have been experimenting with a new product (for me) called Crema Alpina; a natural, emulsified beeswax concoction from Italy that I like real well. I use this first to clean up the leather and use the standard polishing steps after that. This product is not yet available here in the States (I'm working on it), but is distributed in Europe. If I thought I would not drink it, I would use some vodka on my rags - hear it works well
post #19 of 22
As a career Navy officer, shoe polishing is definitely part of my job. I agree about Lincoln. If you can find it, it is great. I defer to the makers of fine/bespoke shoes about what they use but I used Lincoln (Kiwi when I'm out) on shoes from my crappy day to day Bates to my lone Grenson Masterpiece. Everyone has a slightly different technique, but this is what I do: 1. Wipe shoes with a damp cloth (for dirt-you don't want to scratch) 2. Apply polish with a cotton cloth 3. Once polish is dry, buff with brush 4. Fill top of polish tin with COLD water (you can add some alcohol too) 5. Using a cotton cloth wrapped around your finger or cotton ball, rub the polish, dip in water and apply to shoe using small circles. 6. From time to time, pick up more polish and water 7. Keep doing that until your shoes look like glass 8. The more layers of shined polish you apply, the deeper the shine
post #20 of 22
Thread Starter 
Marc, Ron, maxnharry, et al., thanks for the advice - I'll take care of them accordingly and won't use too much water. Are the polishes (Old Cobbler, Lincoln, Dasco, Cordonnerie Anglaise) best for specific types of leather, or are they all good in their own respect? There seems to be a lot of diverse opinions, but they all seem to be coming from credible sources so I'll just assume that they are all good products.
post #21 of 22
meaculpa, the polishes I mentioned, though different in brand name and, likely formula, were recommended for shoes of similar, basic calf leather. I think it comes down to selecting among a group of fine wines. I wonder, if there were a shoe dressing made in Warsaw, would it be called Polish polish? Grayson
post #22 of 22
Thread Starter 
Haha, it's got a ring to it. Maybe I should invest and market it as a side-project for one of my business classes.
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