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Removing wax polish from shoes

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by HitMan009, Sep 16, 2004.

  1. HitMan009

    HitMan009 Senior member

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    What product would you recommend to remove the wax after the build up of many polishings?

    -HitMan009
     


  2. retronotmetro

    retronotmetro Senior member

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    Lexol cleaner works for me.
     


  3. Carlo

    Carlo Senior member

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    I concur, Lexol is hands down the best leather cleaner I have every used and I have tried everything on riding boots & saddles ....and they get scummier than your shoes assuming you don't wander through sewage treatment plants.
     


  4. housemaidsknee

    housemaidsknee Senior member

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    so where's the best place to buy it?
     


  5. retronotmetro

    retronotmetro Senior member

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    Auto supply stores usually have it. Get the cleaner and NOT the conditioner.

    They rebadge it for "household," "auto," etc., but as far as I know it it is all the same stuff in different colored bottles for different channels.
     


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    Carlo Senior member

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  7. shoefan

    shoefan Senior member

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    I would test the Lexol in an inconspicuous area of the shoe to make sure it won't darken the leather, as I've heard it can do. Allen Edmonds makes a leather cleaner/conditioner that will strip the old wax and condition the leather. It works well.

    If you go the Lexol route, please let us know how it works out.
     


  8. retronotmetro

    retronotmetro Senior member

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    Pretesting is good advice for any product. That said, I've never had a problem with Lexol cleaner darkening any of my leather. I would think the conditioner is more likely to do that than the cleaner.
     


  9. A Harris

    A Harris Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Lexol conditioner will indeed turn leather a shade darker. I keep it around for when I need to do just that.
     


  10. T4phage

    T4phage Senior member

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    I use Saphir's Leather Cleaner/Conditioner. Most excellent stuff - and it does not darken leathers - none of my EG's/Lobb's/Berluti etc browns have have darkened.
     


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