Lexol-ph is ph neutral soap that leaves no tallow or glycerin residue. It is a good cleaner...for dirt and loose wax . I do not think it should be thought of as something you'd use to strip off layers of wax or finish. It is used like shampoo. You wet the shoe and using a wet sponge or a piece of hair-on sheepskin gently work up a lather. Rinse, let dry and apply a light conditioner of brown-bottle lexol. Using the sponge or the sheepskin and gentle action I don't believe it is possible to remove finish with Lexol-ph. It is the "sudsing" action--foam--that lifts the dirt, not elbow grease. Parenthetically a ph neutral baby shampoo such as "No More Tears" is just about the same thing.