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I've used saphir mirror gloss on the toes only for mirror shine on shellHello guys,
I have a few pairs of shell cordovan shoes. I only use renovateur once in a while and brush. Anyone knows how do the asian care masters get the mirror shine on shell? With classic wax?
Usually just brushing (with any type of brush) would get cream out of brogue holes. You mentioned you apply cream with your fingers. I use this method as well and I never have problems with cream in brogue holes. Probably due to applying thinner coats?I have used a lot of brushes and polishes over the years. I tend, now, to use mostly Collonil neutral cream. I get fed up with it when I clean brogues. It tends to stick itself into the brogue holes. I use my finger to apply creams and polishes.
I have never used a round, dauber brush. Would this be a way of making sure that cream doesn't get into broguing?
Second, a terrible question. Would it be OK to use the same dauber brush for different colour brogue shoes? I know that, technically, the answer is 'no' but has anyone done this? I find shoe cleaning less attractive than I once did and as long as my shoes stay well brushed and clean, I would be happy to break the rules, if possible. Yours in shoe care, Munky.
Hello Luigi, it was lovely to hear from you again. As you know, I owe the 'finger application' to you. I also do what you describe with a brush, over filled brogue holes. A few taps with the brush and the polish has gone. I suppose I was looking for a seriously lazy method of application that didn't fill the holes in the first place. I think I will stick to this routine and try not to be such a sloth. With fraternal good wishes, Munky.@Munky , I know you used to have several different large brushes, one for each colour of shoe, so I don't think you need any dauber.
I too spread the cream on my shoes with my bare finger and, if the broguing gets clogged, I remove the surplus of cream by gently dabbing the brush in a vertical motion over the holed or jagged part of the vamp (with narrow circular movements) before starting with the usual long, steady, back-and-forth strokes.
I found that this removes the clogging with little if any effort.
Glad to read you! Luigi
Just keep sanding until you removed wax/edge dressing products and get to the bare leather beneath. It won't harm the edge (you're just removing top coat) as long as you're cautious enough to not sand the upperHappy Thursday, all!
I asked this question over in the Vintage Shoe thread, but I wanted to share it here.
I've seen some posts (my apologies for not remembering who they were from) of people who have sanded sole edges to remove the dark color and turn them a "natural" color. For anyone that has done it, did you use anything to lighten the color of the sanded sole edge? A diluted bleach solution for example? Or was it just sand, sand, sand until you got them as light as you could? Does anyone have any recommendations for something that could lighten the edges without causing grievous harm to them?
Thanks! I should have said that I've already sanded the edges to remove the original top coat/edge dressing and expose the bare leather underneath. However, that leather is still dark so there isn't much contrast with the brown uppers. This is a comparison. The edge on the right is untouched. The edge on the left is after some pretty aggressive hand sanding with 120 gritJust keep sanding until you removed wax/edge dressing products and get to the bare leather beneath. It won't harm the edge (you're just removing top coat) as long as you're cautious enough to not sand the upper
I'm not sure what your goal is here. Do you just want a lighter shade around the soles? If so...er, why? From the photo, you seem to have got very close to the uppers and the seam. Less, as always, is more. Also, what is going on in the right shoe, at the bottom? The uppers seem in need of a bit of care, too. They look very dry. Sorry to be such a misery face! Yours, Munky.Thanks! I should have said that I've already sanded the edges to remove the original top coat/edge dressing and expose the bare leather underneath. However, that leather is still dark so there isn't much contrast with the brown uppers. This is a comparison. The edge on the right is untouched. The edge on the left is after some pretty aggressive hand sanding with 120 grit
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I think the leather they used is just that dark (or the edge dye they used penetrated deeply). I'd love to find a way to get it lighter.