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Fixing a failed shine

luxperpetua

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New here. Wanted to shine the toe caps on my fairly new Loake monk straps, but ended up with this uneven result. Any ideas?
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it would help if you told us what you actually did
 

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I first applied some saphir creme 1925 medium brown all over.
Then waited awhile before applying pate de luxe tan color on the toe cap.
Sounds reasonable. I’d have used a slightly darker color for the toe cap but not a big deal. What are you unhappy about? The darker area on the left toe cap? Was it there before you started polishing?
 

The Thai Gent

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I first applied some saphir creme 1925 medium brown all over.
Then waited awhile before applying pate de luxe tan color on the toe cap.
Did you wipe off excess cream after buffing? Sometimes there would be a residual layer of cream on the surface of the leather that did not get absorbed into the leather, and does not come off with just buffing with a horsehair brush - would need a cloth to wipe off. Needless to say, the amount of residues would depend on the amount of cream you applied in the first place.

In my experience, there are two ways you can go about resolving this: 1) Remove the wax and start over; 2) Get a dark wax (dark brown, black, navy) and apply on both toe caps until the colour becomes more even. It won't completely match but the difference will be subtle.

Hope this helps.
 

luxperpetua

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Sounds reasonable. I’d have used a slightly darker color for the toe cap but not a big deal. What are you unhappy about? The darker area on the left toe cap? Was it there before you started polishing?
The darker area was not there before, also the toe caps were
Did you wipe off excess cream after buffing? Sometimes there would be a residual layer of cream on the surface of the leather that did not get absorbed into the leather, and does not come off with just buffing with a horsehair brush - would need a cloth to wipe off. Needless to say, the amount of residues would depend on the amount of cream you applied in the first place.

In my experience, there are two ways you can go about resolving this: 1) Remove the wax and start over; 2) Get a dark wax (dark brown, black, navy) and apply on both toe caps until the colour becomes more even. It won't completely match but the difference will be subtle.

Hope this helps.
I did wipe them off but must have been some cream left judging from the result.

As you suggested I have now done an attempt to cover it over with the black saphir shine. Took two more layers to reach some kind of symmetry and almost became too shiny *shrug*.

I’m considering leaving them like this and then stripping it off with renomat in a few months when it has cracked..
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The Thai Gent

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The darker area was not there before, also the toe caps were


I did wipe them off but must have been some cream left judging from the result.

As you suggested I have now done an attempt to cover it over with the black saphir shine. Took two more layers to reach some kind of symmetry and almost became too shiny *shrug*.

I’m considering leaving them like this and then stripping it off with renomat in a few months when it has cracked..
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I think you did a good job! The shoes look great. I agree with you, just leave it that way. I would minimise the use of renomat on leather if I were you. It’s not good to use renomat on leather in the long run, as it dries out the leather.
 

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