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How to re-polish shoes after stripping

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by tc97, Jun 8, 2013.

  1. tc97

    tc97 New Member

    Jun 8, 2013
    I have a pair of quite old parade shoes on which the polish on the toe cap was starting to crack and peel, so I stripped what was left of it using a brush (it came off quite easily). I am now left with a coarse grey surface (pictured) which I cannot get to take up any polish. Is there something I need to do to the shoe before it can be re-polished, or a specific way of polishing it initially. Thanks in advance.

  2. MyOtherLife

    MyOtherLife Well-Known Member

    Sep 30, 2009
    The Arena - Centerfield
    Welcome to Styleforum tc97
    What did you use to strip the old polish off?

    Here is the procedure I use here:

    • Strip old polish with Acetone (wear rubber gloves- work outdoors)
    • Let dry 15 min
    • Insert your shoe trees into the shoes to maintain shape.
    • Apply new black shoe dye (use sparingly on toe caps or shoe edging with a cotton swab (you know..for cleaning ears) and not the provided applicator)
    • let dry 15 min
    • Apply leather lotion sparingly to the newly dyed leather. Let dry 30 min
    • Apply new polish sparingly. Let dry 20 min
    • Brush
    • Buff with flannel rag.
    • You are done.

    Last edited: Jun 8, 2013
  3. chogall

    chogall Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2011
    It will really take a long while to rebuild the mirror shine since you appear to damage some very top layers of the skin.

    1. Condition, condition, condition.
    2. Let dry.
    3. Let dry.
    4. Cream polish before wax. Or alternating cream and wax polishes to build a mirror shine.

    Not necessary to dye again in your case. Cream should provide enough color pigments.

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