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Saphir Mirror Gloss, natural or pigmented?

Clifff

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Gents,

The title pretty much states the question. I know Saphir makes their Mirror Gloss in 4 color variations: black, dark brown, bordeaux, and natural (colourless).

What are the advantages of using Mirror Gloss, say the black variation, on black shoes as opposed to using the natural Mirror Gloss on the same pair of shoes? In other words, does the correspondence between the pigment in Mirror Gloss and the leather finish have any benefits?


Am much obliged.

p.s. I did search the forum for this specific question but to no avail.
 

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The coloured variants contain pigment that can be used to restore the colour of the shoe, but a coloured Mirror Gloss is less potent in this regard than coloured Pate de Luxe (and far less potent than a coloured cream polish). Since Mirror Gloss often sits atop these other products, its effect is also less permanent - it's the first layer to be removed when you strip the shoe down to recondition and polish afresh.

I only use neutral and black Mirror Gloss, but in my experience black can achieve a higher shine (on any colour leather - if you don't mind a very slight darkening), and seems ever so slightly softer and more forgiving to work with than the neutral.

It's also worth remarking that as they accumulate, layers of the neutral can develop a milky or cloudy tint unless your technique is perfect.
 
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Thank you for asking the exact question i was about to ask, so basically, black is good for all color leathers except a little darkening and neutral comes second? Anyone else to give more insights would be appreciated
 

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Gents,

The title pretty much states the question. I know Saphir makes their Mirror Gloss in 4 color variations: black, dark brown, bordeaux, and natural (colourless).

What are the advantages of using Mirror Gloss, say the black variation, on black shoes as opposed to using the natural Mirror Gloss on the same pair of shoes? In other words, does the correspondence between the pigment in Mirror Gloss and the leather finish have any benefits?


Am much obliged.

p.s. I did search the forum for this specific question but to no avail.

Clear mirror gloss not look as deep as pigmented mirror gloss.
Clear mirror gloss can give off a white wax look in places if not careful.
Clear mirror gloss can give off clear tint that not look deep so it look not as good.
Me think the Saphir develop pigmented mirror gloss because they know the results from clear mirror gloss not as good.

Son Of Saphir. :fu:
 

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Thank you for asking the exact question i was about to ask, so basically, black is good for all color leathers except a little darkening and neutral comes second? Anyone else to give more insights would be appreciated

I wouldn't necessarily say neutral comes second, but I would certainly say that if you don't mind a marginal amount of (removable when you strip the polish layers) darkening then black outperforms neutral for ease of application, shine, and clarity.

I haven't tried the dark brown or burgundy just yet, but I would imagine they will outperform neutral too.
 

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I wouldn't necessarily say neutral comes second, but I would certainly say that if you don't mind a marginal amount of (removable when you strip the polish layers) darkening then black outperforms neutral for ease of application, shine, and clarity.

I haven't tried the dark brown or burgundy just yet, but I would imagine they will outperform neutral too.
Thank you for the insights, then black seems to be a no brainer
 

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