Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Mr. Moo, Feb 28, 2011.
I am pretty sure Saphir makes a navy wax. I would say neutral is ok, but use sparingly on the vamp because I have experienced this whitish buildup in the creases and such that is more apparent with neurtal than a colored wax. Same goes for neutral cream.
I'm having trouble with some of my shoes looking "dry" behind where the shined part of the shoe, e.g., cap toe, tip of the shoe, how can I combat this?
Get some of that wax buildup warm then condition, let dry recondition and polish once they're not looking thirsty anymore. I use Lexol.
I agree that neutral can build up and make the color look 'murky'. The Saphir neutral wax is more transparent than the plain old Kiwi neutral for what it is worth.
But since your new navy shoes have PURPLE stitching I would definitely start with nothing but neutral and renovateur and see how it goes. As the navy creme or wax will definitely start to color the purple stitching navy.
When you say condition, you mean with reno or leather conditioner right? And as for the final step you still suggest polishing on the creases?
Pictures would help. If it is wax build-up getting some meltonian color preparer, or angelus deglazer and a cotton rag to remove layers of old caked on polish works well. Then condition using either Lexol conditioner, or Reno and then rebuild a couple of thin layers of polish between letting it dry and buffing.
Yes, I use Lexol. Polish the creases with cream polish, not wax.
Alternatively and in my experience using Saphir Renomat is the best option.
I have a pair of Santoni wholecuts that used to be very thirsty and need regular creaming. Since I also like a wax shine, they inevitably began to get a wax build up. To break this vicious circle I first used Renomat to remove and deep clean old layers of polish, followed by Renovateur, then cream, then a final wax coat. Indeed this is the sequence as recommended by Saphir themselves and it worked brilliantly on my Santoni's.
Discovering Renomat was just as good as discovering Renovateur!
Something that has been annoying me for a while now is that although I can pull of a decent glaze I get minute scratches on my shoes when I spit polish.
Although everything looks fine from a distance.....(click images to supersize)
.....you can see the tiny 'scratches' (in a circular shape) around the brightest reflection.
Does anyone know how to get a glaze without these 'scratches'? Use a softer cloth or a different wax? Press less hard whilst polishing?
Maybe I'm just being too fussy about all of this though.
Try a micro fiber polishing cloth and/or lighter pressure.
Alternatively there are great medications out there for OCD. Just kidding.
Tried that, heating my wax au bain-marie, polishing with a blow drier aimed at the shoe (in various heat modes at various distances) as well as a combination of before mentioned methods.
I might have to opt for option B.
They say that a picture paints a thousand words. In this instance, I beg you both NOT to paint that picture.
You might find with RM's, that while the toecaps sparkle, the area to the rear appears a little dry by comparison only. Coming along nicely.
Can anyone comment on SHS's post about using an oil to care for your soles?
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