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

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

  1. venividivicibj

    venividivicibj Senior member

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    Does anyone else ever feel like your brush is going to scratch the leather? (Even if its soft) I always feel as though the brush will make the coloring on the shoe after shoe cream streaky//scratch the leather.

    (I know it's not true, I still feel like it though)
     


  2. justinkapur

    justinkapur Senior member

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    I did think that as well and if you feel it does take a buffing cloth and buff the shoe out. It will even out any streaking
     


  3. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    It will. And when that happens, move to a even finer abrasion tool to polish, e.g., goat hair, polishing cloth, etc.

    Polishing is polishing. Same exact mechanics for metal, stone, wood, and leather.
     


  4. mrjester

    mrjester Senior member

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    Thanks.

    No guide to the basics of dying shoes from the genius of this thread? Really? Anyone?
     


  5. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    Not an expert or professional, but here're the general steps.

    1. Leather preparer/deglazer.
    2. Let dry.
    3. Apply dye.
    4. Let dry.
    5. Repeat step 3 & 4 until satisfactory.
    6. Deglaze again to remove extra dyes.
    7. Condition.
    8. Money

    Feel free to sandpaper or steel wool your shoes before or after initial deglazing, when leathers are completely dry. It helps a lot removing old wax and top coats.

    High grid count sandpaper or steel wool with many 0's.
     


  6. benhour

    benhour Senior member

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    i dont recomend the step with sandpaper-steel wool!! even if you are really careful the possibility of scratching your shoes is really high!!

    btw jester with the process that well described by chogal you are going to alter the color of the complete shoe!!

    dont over rubb with the deglazer preparer it can damage the surface ! just apply with a cloth and wipe off and it ll do the trick!
    the easier way is to try put some darker brown polish-wax or paste at both toes and heels till they are even to have a good burnishing efect!!
     


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    SoGent Senior member

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    dying to remedy the shoe you think you screwed up shown in the previous post ?
     
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  8. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    High grid sandpaper and fine steel wool are less abrasive than horsehair brushes.
     


  9. JermynStreet

    JermynStreet Senior member

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    With all due respect to parties in this discussion, perhaps you are best served asking experts in the Leather Qualities thread. I don't have a horse in this race, but doing this wrong to a nice pair of shoes is catastrophic, and you are probably best served asking someone who knows from experience about the dyeing process.
     
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  10. Munky

    Munky Senior member

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    I am slowly coming to realise that my feet weren't made for shoes. [​IMG]
     


  11. MoneyWellSpent

    MoneyWellSpent Senior member

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    For what it's worth, this doesn't match my experience with my horsehair brushes.

    Just last night I was putting some finishing touches on some wood filler on some door frames in my house before I paint them, and I was using 0000 Steel Wool. The steel wool was removing fine grit off of the surface and definitely making it smoother.

    My horsehair brushes would never have done that.
     


  12. Aidan K

    Aidan K Senior member

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    Do shoe trees go in AE Daltons/other boots?
     


  13. MoneyWellSpent

    MoneyWellSpent Senior member

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    Absolutely.
     


  14. Aidan K

    Aidan K Senior member

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    Great, I thought so, just wasnt sure how easy it was to get them in. Just picked up some AE Daltons on the bay, somewhat excited about it!
     


  15. MoneyWellSpent

    MoneyWellSpent Senior member

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    Nice boots, hope you enjoy them.
     


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