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Removing old layers of polish - photo tutorial

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by MalfordOfLondon, Sep 14, 2011.

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  1. MalfordOfLondon

    MalfordOfLondon Senior member

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    Thought this might help some people renovate some old shoes...

    I managed to snag some EGs from eBay but when they arrived - they were caked with layers of wax polish.

    I tried to use a stiff brush but to no avail so I decided to get serious with some white spirit.

    This is the surface of the shoes when I received them:

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    I used white spirit, a bowl of water and some cotton buds:

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    I would quickly dab the cotton bud in the water and then up-end the white spirit bottle briefly. Wipe the shoes (not too hard) and the old layers will soon start to come off:

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    The right shoe has been done:

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    Once it was done to each shoe I gave them an hour for the white spirit to fully evaporate and then repeated the process. The surface started to look a lot better:

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    I left them overnight in a well ventilated area and returned in the morning to apply some shoe cream / conditioner:

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    Next up was some Saphir (two applications):

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    Followed by a single application of wax polish:

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    The finished product:

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  2. add911_11

    add911_11 Senior member

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    Great work!
     


  3. facet

    facet Senior member

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    Wow, what a difference. That looks fantastic; thanks for sharing.
     


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    What is "White Spirits" called in the US?
     


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    Read the label, it's paint thinner or also known as mineral spirts.
     


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    Pliny Senior member

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    beautiful shoes either way
     


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    what mineral turpentine or methylated spirits? Or thinners?
     


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    Can you explain why you used the sapphire product and the kiwi wax?
     


  11. MalfordOfLondon

    MalfordOfLondon Senior member

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    I probably didn't need to. I just thought the white spirit could have been quite harsh on the areas of stitching - especially the apron and so I applied a wax polish to form a little more of a barrier.
     


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    You will be receiving a box of all my shoes next week for maintenance. :)
     


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    Those look great! Good work!
     


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    Thanks for posting!
     


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    Have you ever used the White Spirits on the cordovan?
     


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