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Shoe polishing question - water pump?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by sygyzy, May 27, 2009.

  1. sygyzy

    sygyzy Senior member

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    Recently, a fellow member posted his DIY shoes. There was a link to a Youtube video where a man polishes a pair of shoes. Toward the end, he kept reaching over to what looked like a soap dispenser/pump but without nozzle pointing vertically skyward. He always brought a cloth over to it, pumped it, and went back to rubbing the shoe.

    What is this? Water? Some sort of chemical? Where can I buy it and which part of the polishing regiment does it come in?

    Thanks.
     
  2. Nexus6

    Nexus6 Senior member

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    and the link to the video is ...where?
     
  3. sygyzy

    sygyzy Senior member

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    Sorry, here it is.
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  4. sho'nuff

    sho'nuff Senior member

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    i assume it is water. towards the end of buffing the final layer of wax, you use a little of it for a mirror polish
     
  5. MarcellHUN

    MarcellHUN Senior member

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    I can tell you: that is most probably not water. Every workshop has this kind of secrets..
     
  6. teddieriley

    teddieriley Senior member

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    Wait, you smell that?
    I can tell you: that is most probably not water. Every workshop has this kind of secrets..

    So what's yours Marcell? Just post it here. I promise not to tell anyone. [​IMG]
     
  7. gdl203

    gdl203 Senior member Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    I think I remember hearing/reading that the guys finishing the shoes at Kiton were using a solution of alcohol and water, or aniline and water, with the polish.
     
  8. sygyzy

    sygyzy Senior member

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    So we have two questions.

    1. What is the solution?
    2. What is the pump called and where can I get one?
     
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  10. onix

    onix Senior member

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    To watch the video with better quality
    http://garra.jp/style/tailored/index.html
    And click on the shoes.

    To watch an exceptional shirt ironing skill click on the shirt.


    Wow, thank you.
     
  11. dv3

    dv3 Senior member

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    amazing vid. that guy is quite the accomplished neck-tie-er
     
  12. Nexus6

    Nexus6 Senior member

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    The youtube link doesn't even show.
    Pease paste the actual link here.
    The japan link doesn't load.
    [​IMG]
     
  13. onix

    onix Senior member

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    The japan link doesn't load.

    It's Flash based, probably your Flash engine has some problems? Try different browser might help.
     
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    Schnurretiger Senior member

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    What has happened to the good old spit'n'polish?
     
  16. gdl203

    gdl203 Senior member Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    What has happened to the good old spit'n'polish?

    Paging edmorel
     
  17. kev777

    kev777 Senior member

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    I was always taught "spit and polish" and for the life of me i cant understand why. Does anyone actually know why this is and what it actually does etc etc ...............?
     
  18. benjamin831

    benjamin831 Senior member

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    I'm getting one of those ironing tables!
     
  19. MarcellHUN

    MarcellHUN Senior member

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    So what's yours Marcell? Just post it here. I promise not to tell anyone. [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
  20. Saenek

    Saenek Senior member

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    Spit is used for the same reason water is, but spit isn't good for leather because it contains salt so over time it can dry out the leather.
     

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