Hi Teacher2 Probably not an answer. Actually, trying to help anyone who thinks you need an exact list of products, materials and methods. There are so many variables (here I go again). A dollop of ''product' might be three times the amount for me than you. A severe buffing might mean a couple of swipes to you, but my idea could be until my arm falls off. By the way, there are two categories of people with over developed right arms: 1.) Those who shine shoes 2.) Those who bulk buy toilet paper and spend extended periods behind locked bedroom doors. But I digress... I always wipe my shoes after each wearing to remove road dust/grit. Supposing you don't, but continually apply sealing coats of hard wax. A couple of months down the line you'd notice the inferior look. Supposing you buff a slightly damp shoe and ruff up the previous layers of wax. That will affect the finish later on down the line. These are just a couple of examples. You'd then swear blind that you'd followed SF instructions to the letter, but without good result. Imagine trying to explain French polishing in a post... difficult! The only real way is to get the hands dirty and make lots of mistakes. I instinctively know how to approach most 'upsets' simply through trial and error, not because I'm any kind of expert. I also know the approximate drying times of my products. Also, everyone has a different set of tools and materials; those wooden-boxed shoe care kits can never satisfy. I have everything from artist paint brushes to rubbing alcohol and turpentine. Apologies for the repetition folks. Experiment and enjoy Lear Edit: I realize that you do wipe with moist rag, just using as an example for other folk. In fact, you sound as if you're well on your way to long lasting footwear.