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The hazards of a mirror shine

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Bic Pentameter, Sep 13, 2009.

  1. Bic Pentameter

    Bic Pentameter Senior member

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    "Stacy Shire said the fire started in his apartment while he was polishing his boots. He was melting shoe polish with a lighter to make it easier to apply the polish when the polish caught on fire and ignited his bed.

    "I tried to blow it out, but it landed on the floor," he said.

    Then the 50-year-old tried to smother the fire with some clothes, but the room quickly filled with smoke and he fled."

    http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/htm...ebfire13m.html
     




  2. uzairh

    uzairh Senior member

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    WOW. Never heard of something like this...
     


  3. JayJay

    JayJay Senior member

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    I wonder if he's a forum member. It sounds like a technique an SF member would use.
     


  4. ohm

    ohm Senior member

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    Too bad he lost his shoes in the fire. :\\
     


  5. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I wonder if he's a forum member. It sounds like a technique an SF member would use.

    No way. He used his clothes to try to extinguish the fire. A forumite would have grabbed the dog or a priceless painting first.
     


  6. acidboy

    acidboy Senior member

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    No way. He used his clothes to try to extinguish the fire. A forumite would have grabbed the dog or a priceless painting first.

    yes. or save his 5 month old unwashed raw denims in the freezer
     


  7. Journeyman

    Journeyman Senior member

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    I wonder if he's a forum member. It sounds like a technique an SF member would use.

    I think that the technique of burning the polish a little with a lighter is quite common in the armed forces. I don't know whether it really works or not, but the theory is that by taking a lighter to the polish before applying it, it burns off some of the ingredients (alcohol, perhaps?) in the polish, and it makes it easier to get a high shine.
     


  8. Don Carlos

    Don Carlos In Time Out

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    I think that the technique of burning the polish a little with a lighter is quite common in the armed forces. I don't know whether it really works or not, but the theory is that by taking a lighter to the polish before applying it, it burns off some of the ingredients (alcohol, perhaps?) in the polish, and it makes it easier to get a high shine.

    You're correct in that it's an old military technique (my grandpa used to do it in WWII). But I'm not sure it has anything to do with burning off alcohol or whatnot. Pretty sure it's just supposed to warm up the polish, reducing viscosity, and thus making it easier to work into the leather. Whatever the case, I'm too scared and far too accident-prone to try it myself.
     


  9. Chips

    Chips Senior member

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    I bet they're not as shiny now.
     


  10. Thurston

    Thurston Senior member

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    I melt shoe polish by lighting it when I'm at the end of the tin and it has been reduced to broken pieces. However, I do it on the concrete floor of my garage.
     


  11. dv3

    dv3 Senior member

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    Pics of the shoes? [​IMG]

    I wonder if he's a forum member. It sounds like a technique an SF member would use.

    Too bad he lost his shoes in the fire. :\\

    I bet they're not as shiny now.

    [​IMG] [​IMG]
     


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    duration Senior member

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    Oh yes, I used to do a bit of that when I was in military service.
     


  13. Artigas

    Artigas Senior member

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    Yes, I also wondered if he might be military, especially since he was polishing boots.
     


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    Here is the real SF member who was heard to shout, My jacket, my jacket!
     


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