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

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

  1. Ivon

    Ivon Senior member

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    Kirby,

    Winter sounds good as I live in the road salt capital of the world. I just loaded up on Renovateur from your store, but was wondering if there is any chance of Hangar Project getting Saphir Renomat? I could use a jar for once a year polish removal.
     


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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    nvm
     
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  3. fritzl

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    son, SR does not protect from salt.
     


  4. Ivon

    Ivon Senior member

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    I. Use Reno as my conditioner, Winter is the new formulation for salt stains. I live where road salt usage is heavy, so a new product like Winter piques my interest. I asked about Renomat as an old polish removal tool. I understand that is what it is designed to do and would like to grab a jar for special jobs and deep polish removal.
     


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    Rambo Senior member

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    What's the benefit of a colored wax over a neutral? It would seem that neutral would be the way to go to avoid buying colored waxes for each shade of shoe.
     


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    The problem isn't with all Neutral waxes (at least not in my opinion). Kiwi neutral is just awful however, gray, dull, and will make your shoes look cruddy. Saphir neutral is much clearer and brighter and use it over cream polish all the time. I don't know about any others.
     


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    Kiwi makes a "Clear" cream that seems clearer than their Neutral paste to me, but you can't use it to produce a spit shine. Allen Edmonds also has a Neutral paste (that comes in a jar like cream) that is pretty good, but my favorite is W.S. Robson's Neutral shoe polish. The W.S. Robson's polishes are a paste that is heavy in Carnauba and Beeswax, so only a very little is needed, and it probably has the highest ratio of wax to any other brand I have seen.
     


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    Whilst neural shoe polish has it's uses, I wouldn't advocate using it instead of it's coloured/pigmented counterparts on a regular basis.

    With sustained use of neutral polish, the higher solvent properties, will strip and therefore overtime dull the vibrancy of your shoes.

    It's effects are most noticeable on shoes with antiquing or crust leathers. You'll find some shoe manufacturers don't recommend it for routine polishing.
     


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    chogall Senior member

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    neutral waxes will strip out your finish and waxes
     


  10. Gdot

    Gdot Senior member

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    My experience of Saphir neutral says otherwise. Do any of you have any specific experience with it?
     


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    Yes, several years in fact, which I suspect is longer than yours.
     


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    I have found that no matter which neutral wax is used over time you see this sort of cruddy white build-up in the creases of the shoe.
     


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    Once again, you'd only buy colored wax?

    Regarding the mix of two, should I apply the lighter color first and then top it of with the darker one?
     


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