**The Official Shoe Care Thread: Tutorials, Photos, etc.**

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

  1. alco

    alco Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for all the suggestions!

    As Renomat is not readily available in my area, will probably have to try the turpentine.

    How about nail polish remover or acetone?
     


  2. cbfn

    cbfn Senior member

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    The problem with turpentine, aceton and nail polish removers is that there is a greater chance of removing the factory finish, which I actually managed to do with some Alfred Sargents. After hours of applying various colors and waxes I managed to get them to look the way I wanted, but IMO the renomat removes what it is supposed to remove while the other solvents have a habit of removing everything; be careful! I know A Fine Pair of Shoes and the Hanger Project ships internationally.
     


  3. Jim Profit

    Jim Profit Senior member

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    Haha then we have something in common :happy:
     


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    Overstripping, even if it leaves the die in the shoe but just takes up ALL the wax and the surface dies can make a shoe look pretty 'scalded'. Even after a good bit of new cream and wax polish.

    This is why I prefer to use Renovateur or even a soap based product (such as Lexol) or even baby shampoo if I want to be certain to only remove wax. I have a bottle of Renomat - which I guess I will try eventually-but so far it's just sitting in the shoe care supply box waiting to be loved. Perhaps I should take the plunge the next time I simply want to strip a shoe of polish/wax?
     


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    I think those are too harsh.
    Don't rub too hard though.
     


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    Lear Senior member

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    Thanks Christian B. Always good to have a recommendation from you. I'll feel less hesitant when that 'stripping the wax' day arrives.

    Lear
     


  7. cbfn

    cbfn Senior member

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    And you as well, I often look back at your previous posts for both learning and inspiration. This, for example, should be in the first post.
     


  8. grendel

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    An excellent post to quote.

    I'll add that I've had better luck with mixing a little rubbing alcohol in with the water I'm using to dampen the cloth. Oh, and Saphir wax was much much easier for me to get a mirror.
     


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    unclesam099 Senior member

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    HELP! I've just had candle wax spilled on my suede Aldens (yes, multiple). One shoe is really bad, two others just have little dots on them. How can I remove the wax?
     


  10. Gdot

    Gdot Senior member

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    Freeze the wax. (yes put them in the freezer) Peel away the frozen wax. Brush.

    If there is residual staining/oil marking shampoo with baby shampoo.

    Unless the candle wax is deeply colored you may be just fine.
     


  11. unclesam099

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    They went directly into the freezer. I'll give it a shot tomorrow. Thank you!
     


  12. grendel

    grendel Senior member

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    I think now you have to tell us how that happened
     


  13. unclesam099

    unclesam099 Senior member

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    Obviously the candles were on a dresser in my bedroom near my shoes. I'll leave the rest to you to imagine :p
     


  14. Northampton Novice

    Northampton Novice Senior member

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    Are you sure it's *ahem* candle wax then?:D
     


  15. unclesam099

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    Ha, yes. Unfortunately, it seems that the wax has done its damage. It was burgandy colored wax on snuff suede. The other two shoes had eraser-sized drops that (mostly) came off after being frozen. I scraped it off the best that I could.

    This one shoe is basically ruined, I think.[​IMG]

    It's also had grease and pizza on the same spot on the toe. I think that it's somewhat jinxed...
     


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