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

  1. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Gotcha, I inferred too much from what you wrote. Disagreement withdrawn :thumbs-up:
     
  2. Gdot

    Gdot Senior member

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    Not to worry - no disagreement here! :D
     
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    at first glance, that welt looked :fu:

    caused me to this of this:

    [​IMG]
     
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    Which shade of the saphir wax polish would be best for G&G vintage rioja, mahogoni or bordo?
     
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    NAMOR Senior member

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    I use whatever is laying around. They are really similar but I think Bordeaux looks more like vintage rioja than mahogany. Mahogany is browner
     
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    Gdot Senior member

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    +1

    Namor, You really should suppress yourself the next time you think you might like to poast some 'dental pictures'! I think I'm going to loose some sleep over that one!
     
  8. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    yikes! sorry to cause anybody to think of that haha...anyway, it doesn't have that effect on me really, so I'm good with it. The shoes are well crafted to my eye...I'd purchase again, except for the antiquing.
     
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    Huzzah, I have progress to report!

    As previously reported, I've been slowly, steadily working on my shine skills - mostly with lackluster results. Tonight I think I finally made a breakthrough on my Lindricks: after a good cleaning, a reno base and buff, and about 8 light layers of wax and dabs of water I started to see the magic - faint, ghostly reflections of Sunday Night Football on the nose. At first I thought I was seeing things but as I prepare to call it quits for the night, a good close inspection and I can faintly see my peering face and blue shirt reflecting back.

    Finally!!! I think I'm getting the groove! MNF tomorrow will be my next date with Reno and cordovan, can't wait!
     
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    Any thoughts on where I can get 54" brown waxed laces? I've searched SF and the web with little luck. Went to two cobblers and local big box stores as well. Refurbing an old pair of RL boots (Coniston-like) that I found in the garage and want to ditch the hiking boot laces. Any thoughts on other types of laces that might look good for wool/chino/jeans? They last saw the light of day literally ~20 years ago when I was in middle school.
     
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    red wing silicon waterproofing. click the link for a pic of the product. :nodding:
     
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    It really depend on the brush - specifically, the stiffness of the hair and the density of the hair. Softer and denser brushes are not that much rougher than old t-shirts/rags. For maintenance polishing on a mirror shine shoes/boots.

    But to create the mirror/spit shine for the first time, nothing replaces an old t-shirts/rag.


    Try use Navy cream; it brings out better color and won't look as dull as black cream antiquing effects. Just IME.
     
  13. Quadcammer

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    although I'm VERY pleased with the outcome (wearing them today), I will look into the navy cream for future use.

    thanks
     
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    No personal experience but these appear to match what you are looking for.
    http://www.hanksclothing.com/chippewa_wax_laces_black_54_inch_buy.html
     
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    Are the US-based Saphir Renomat devotees ordering it direct from Europe, or is there a US-based retailer that carries it? I can't seem to find it at any of the usual suspects. Many thanks...
     
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    I haven't had any luck either.
     
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    Nicely done
     
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    Quad,

    If you do choose to use navy cream polish (which I also recommend) do bear in mind that for some reason the pigmints in Meltonion Navy Cream are especially effective at dying the leather.

    I've never had any problems using it over other layers of polish. But I recently applied a little to a pair that I had stripped of all wax and the navy cream REALLY soaked in.

    Not saying not to use it. As it does indeed work nicely on brown/burgundy shoes. Just be careful to only use it on shoes that already have some wax on them.
     
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    Gdot, would you say the Meltonion is more effective in this regard than Saphir? Should I try on black shoes if I'm trying for a little navy in there?
     
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    I've never used the Saphir creams so I don't know. Sorry.

    My Saphir experience so far is limited to Renovateur and the neutral paste wax. Both of which I very pleased with.

    I have lots of colors of Meltonian laying around so it will likely be a while before I have occasion to try the Saphir Creams.
     

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