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

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

  1. 1up

    1up Senior member

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    If I pick at it, it almost seems to come off. Maybe just old built up wax?
     
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    No idea. Doesn't look like built up wax though.
     
  3. 1up

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    the other spots looks more raised. I don't think it's oil.

    What's a good method to try to clear built up wax, besides using renomat on the whole shoe?
     
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  4. Nick de Sylva

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    I still spit shine my shoes (Cole Haan) not Government Issue. They sparkle like glass. I use Kiwi Parade gloss. Set fire to it. Put it out. Spray a little water on the shoe, and use an old clean t-shirt and just a little wax and rub in circles in the same direction till the swirls disappear and the glass shine appears.
     
  5. DWFII

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    Hard to tell from the highway but I've got a suspicion that they are water stains. Sometimes...either because there are excess chromium salts in the leather or because the roadways have been salted...water (rain water, snow water, etc.) can move and concentrate salts that raise the surface of the leather and even cause it to get brittle in those areas. There are products that purporst to remove salt stains but I cannot vouch for them.
     
  6. MrGimpy

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    A few weeks ago I accidentally spilled a drop of oil from a salmon fillet onto a pair of boots (C&J calf). Based on my search through this thread, the best strategy seemed to be repeated treatment with talcum powder to lift the oil out.

    I've now repeated that treatment morning and night letting the powder sit for ~12 hours each time for about 40 days, meaning about 80 treatments. The oil stain remains though each time I blow off the powder, a circular zone remains that I need to swipe away.

    Does anyone have suggestions on other strategies? Is this number of treatments to be expected? I haven't tried anything else yet.
     
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  7. DWFII

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    Fuller's Earth is better than talcum powder. But either way it has to be done soon after the oil hits the leather...and results depend on how heavily the leather is finished.

    You might try applying a coat of rubber cement over the oil spots (try a test spot on the tongue or somewhere inconspicuous) and let it sit over night. Then take an art gum eraser or a piece of plantation crepe and gently roll/rub the rubber cement off. This should draw out and pick up a fair part of the oil but the treatment may need to be repeated.

    There really is no instant or completely satisfactory solution.

    edited for punctuation and clarity
     
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  8. patrickBOOTH

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    So how are all of you morons doing in here? What have I missed?
     
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    You've been away for a while. Presumably some sort of pretrial diversionary program. Welcome back :)
     
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    This sounds likely, they've appeared in the past month while it's been rainy here in Vancouver.

    Gents - any ideas on which product to use to remove the stains? :)
     
  11. DWFII

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    You haven't missed much--the usual and the usual suspects-- but we've missed you.
     
  12. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    Hey!! I are a legend!! First time I seen that.
     
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  13. MrGimpy

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    Thanks for the advice, DW. I'll give the rubber cement trick a try.
     
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    It might surprise people, but teh Booth does have a life outside of teh forum.
     
  15. DWFII

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    That's just crazy talk.
     
  16. patrickBOOTH

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    What ever happen with that chemist doing experiments on leather?
     
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  17. daveinsweethome

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    hey DW some of us don't live the life of a high plains drifter but settle on the other side of the mountain in the damn rain. I am wearing hiking boots currently. merry Christmas to all my obsessed brethren out there
     
  18. DWFII

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    Dave,

    That's where I started --in Eugene and then Harrisburg and then Sweet Home and then the Highlands of Central Oregon. It's wet and nasty here today. No "footlongs" (slugs) though.

    Nollaig Chridheil
     
  19. DWFII

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    I dunno...but I suspect the same thing that happens to most kibitzers--he lost interest or audience.
     
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