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**The Official Shoe Care Thread: Tutorials, Photos, etc.**

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Mr. Moo, Feb 28, 2011.

  1. Chowkin

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    How does one clean the inside of used shoes to ensure cleanliness? You don't know who the previous owner is and if he has problems such as athlete's feet.
     
  2. DerangedGoose

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    Ill probably rub the inside down with rubbing alcohol and the rest is a gamble.
     
  3. Charlatan

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    What kind of product do I need to use on my Iron Rangers to get the semi-shine look like this pair? Venetian shoe cream? Thanks in advance.

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    You just need to work the material in and buff it!
     
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    In don't think neutral will hurt, it will retain the color that is already there and add protection. Another edge dressing would tint or paint color over it.
     
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    I'd use Obenaufs LP
     
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    Could someone help me id the name of this water bottle or where i could get one? Thanks!

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  10. phototristan

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    Renovateur isn't magic in a bottle, however, Renomat IS actually magic.
     
  13. chogall

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    Maybe you have not tried other solvents before...
     
  14. Numbernine

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    I think renomat is the best product around for removing old wax and general prep of leather prior to conditioning especially for those inexperienced in working with solvents. I personally use acetone quite a bit but when you do you must be aware that you are driving tacks with a sledge hammer I have worked with solvents professionally in industrial applications for over 50 years belive me most of them are best avoided
     
  15. phototristan

    phototristan Well-Known Member

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    Do you use it (Renomat) every time before you are about to apply polish? Do you still use Renovateur after that?
     
  16. gsgleason

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    That would be a bad idea. Even though it's relatively gentle, it's still a chemical stripper. I actually messed up my AE PA in brown from over using Renomat, creating a section of the toe that wouldn't take polish.
     
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    Ouch. Not my definition of magic.
     
  18. phototristan

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    yeah, i think i'll stay away and stick with renovateur or venetian shoe cream. i'm a novice and don't want to eff anything up. ;)
     
  19. chogall

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    I am not a leatherworker, shoemaker, nor cobbler. So I do not have enough experience in stripping old wax. But renovator is far from the only product or the best IME.

    That would be an overkill and largely unnecessary. But conditioning is essential after using harsh products like Renomat.

    That is improbable. You just need way more layers and time. Forget those thin coat polish bullcrap and smear enough polishes on the shoes if you actually tries to finish the shoe after a deep stripping via mild solvent like Renomat or acetone or harsh solvent like bleach.

    p.s., I bleached shoes before and sometimes even damaged the surface from rubbing too hard when the leathers fully soaked from renomat/acetone/bleach. But none of those solvents stopped me from making a mirror shine after they dried completely.
     
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  20. Numbernine

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    No no Im sorry I wasnt clear i only use it when a build up of polish or wax needs to be removed if you care for your shoes properly thats rarely
     

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