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Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Mr. Moo, Feb 28, 2011.

  1. Gdot

    Gdot Senior member

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    Wow, I had no idea that the protector should be applied so frequently. Interesting.
     


  2. SHS

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    I guess it depends on your rotation. I think the protector weakens over time, not so much with wear, unless it's raining? If you only wear them once every month then it makes sense. :)
     
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  3. b1os

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    Do you always remove the laces? I'm imagining that this is very annoying if you have to relace every third wear. I rarely remove the laces when buffing my shoe. :embar:
     


  4. SHS

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    I always remove them. You get used to relace them quickly.

    Edit: Here is a good video:
     
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  5. agp

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    Are the following steps of shoe cleaning correct?

    1. Using brush then cotton cloth get rid of dirt
    2. Apply shoe cream with cloth and let dry
    3. Remove excess with brush
    4. Polish with cloth
     
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  6. tomee

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    wife wants me to remove some scuffs from her boots and i dont know where to start

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    ive got some Lexol conditioner and some shoe wax.

    might give hanger project a look to see if anything good is there
     


  7. cbfn

    cbfn Senior member

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    Take a damp cloth and remove the dirt.
    Apply lexol conditioner liberally a couple of times.
    Let it dry.
    Brush.
    Apply one or two layers of shoe cream.
    Buff.
     


  8. CalTex

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    need a picture of the wife first :satisfied:
     


  9. thecentennial

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    Looks like a natural CXL or a waxy leather?

    I'd first give them a good clean with renomat to strip off the inground dirt that has set in the cuts/abrasions. You're now dealing with a clean surface, and it may even look better.

    Then apply polish in thin coats, in a shade a little lighter than the shoe colour. It will take patience and many coats.

    Just my thoughts, I'm sure other more experienced shoe-men will have much better suggestions!
     


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    thanks, i took that pic after i tried to remove some of the dirt with lexol conditioner.
    by polish do you mean the wax polish i received from Herring or is that seperate to a wax?

    ill look for some cleaner such as the ones you mentioned
     
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  11. cbfn

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    Yes, I do. I too advise for use of Renomat when dealing with "regular"(in loss of other words) calf leather, but these looks to be of inferior quality where Renomat is going to strip of the entire finish. You are also not conditioning the leather with wax, which is clearly needed on the shoes pictured.
     


  12. Wedin

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    I dont use any suede spray at all.
    When the shoes get dirty and/or waterstained i put them under running water and brush them
    vigorously with a nailbrush and some saphir multicleaner.

    Let dry with shoetrees. Always look like new after.
    Suede shoes are in my opinion really low mainenace.
    5 min cleaning every few months...
     


  13. grendel

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    I just got a pair of Strands in walnut myself (pics of the mirror shine a few pages back). All I used on them was Lexol, Saphir Renovateur, and some neutral Saphir Medaille D'Or wax. If / when you get some scuffs or discoloration you can look into getting some walnut or other light colored cream to even out the color.
     


  14. dredwings19

    dredwings19 Well-Known Member

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    I really like the mirror shine you did on those shoes "Great Job"! Thanks for info much appreciated :)
     


  15. patrick_b

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    I use Obenauf LP on my Wolverine 1K boots as they are a pull-up leather. Just wanted to add some pics for reference. Note, I've read a handful of accounts that indicated that the Obenauf Boot Oil will darken leather considerably more than the LP wax. For this reason, I've always stuck with using just the wax. It's a fantastic conditioner and I really like the way the leather looks after application.

    These have been treated regularly with Obenauf LP. However at the time the pics were taken, they hadn't received much care. The nice thing is that using a product like Obenauf LP (or Montana Pitch Blend or any other high wax content product) makes it easy to maintain the boots/shoes. A damp cloth and regular brushing will keep them looking good.

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