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EG restoration, polish flaking around creases

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Fabro, May 25, 2006.

  1. Fabro

    Fabro Senior member

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    I'm restoring a wonderful vintage pair of Edward Greens I picked up on eBay. 202 last, wingtip oxford in a mid-brown with great natural patina. The leather was fairly dry though, and they had no trees (and probably hadn't had any for a while). All of the punching holes were pretty gummed up.

    I gave them a good cleaning with AE cleaner/conditioner, cleaned out all the holes, went over them with Saphir medium brown wax polish (I didn't have any cream), and replaced the laces.

    They turned out amazing. I was all ready to post pictures here, but when I put them on I immediately got quite a bit of flaking around all of the creases, which appeared like a fine white powder. Unfortunately, this really emphasizes the creasing.

    Any advice on how best to deal with this?
     
  2. bengal-stripe

    bengal-stripe Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    It's probably the built-up of old, neutral wax polish. Use a cloth dampened with rubbing alcohol (or vodka) and wipe over the creases. That should do the trick and take off the excessive wax.
     
  3. skalogre

    skalogre Senior member

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    It's probably the built-up of old, neutral wax polish. Use a cloth dampened with rubbing alcohol (or vodka) and wipe over the creases. That should do the trick and take off the excessive wax.

    Vodka? I like the sound of that.
     
  4. bengal-stripe

    bengal-stripe Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Vodka? I like the sound of that.
    It's supposed to go onto the shoes!!!
     
  5. skalogre

    skalogre Senior member

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    It's supposed to go onto the shoes!!!


    [​IMG]

    Fine, you got me there. That is also the reason I like recipes that involve wine, gives me an excuse to finish off the remainder of the bottle to minimise waste [​IMG]
     
  6. Fabro

    Fabro Senior member

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    This is my kind of problem: one where the solution is to sit down and have a drink--or at least, share one with my shoes.

    Thanks for the advice.
     

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