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Old 02-15-2015, 22:13   #1
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Help with boot finish

Recently I bought a barely used set of Danner's for a really good price. I finally have them well broken in, but here's the interesting part: They had a finish on them that was extremely shiny, close to patent leather. To the best of my knowledge, Danner does not make patent leather boots, so someone put a finish on after purchasing them. Whatever this is, it has been extremely durable. I have had these boots for about two months now and they still don't need any attention. The guy I bought them from, got them that way.
In the military we used a variety of finishes for parade use, but they all started to look like crap within a few hours of real use.
While I am not afraid of polishing my boots the old fashioned way I am really intrigued.

Anybody have any clue what this may be?
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Old 02-15-2015, 22:45   #2
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Leather Luster?

http://www.leatherluster.com/
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Old 02-15-2015, 22:52   #3
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The old trick my gunny taught me was Glo-Coat liquid floor wax. Put it on top of a great spit shine and it's good for about 45 days. Unless you walk in wet grass alot, but then it will need redoing in a couple of weeks.
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Old 02-15-2015, 23:30   #4
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Leather Luster would be my guess. I have a pair that I airbrushed it on that I use for inspections.
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Old 02-15-2015, 23:55   #5
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Standing open ranks, guy using floor wax next to you... Light heel pressure on the toe of his boot would make a spider web.. Hilarious... I had forgotten all that till people mentioned leather luster and floor wax on boots. Learn to make tiny circles with a cotton ball or piece of t-shirt ffs.

I wear a set of all leather Danner Pronghorns for hiking and hunting. I vote, sand the shiny off, apply leather dye, work in a heavy coat of Danner boot dressing or mink oil to weather proof them and call it good.
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Old 02-16-2015, 02:31   #6
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Killrust is the way to go.
I don't know if you have it over there. Spray black enamel metal paint. very similar to LeatherLuster, but is flexible and wont craze or chip. I use it for all my ceremonial gear.

Superfine steel wool or wet/dry paper for flatten to boot surface. One light coat. Dry and repeat for a mirror finish that will withstand anything. Only use the aerosol can.

http://www.wattyl.com.au/en/find-the...ossEnamel.html
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After reading the details about this product, I think that was probably it. Thanks!
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Old 02-16-2015, 19:54   #8
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I'm with the crowd, most likely Leather Luster. Good luck!
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Old 02-16-2015, 20:05   #9
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[QUOTE=Kranq;21942784]Standing open ranks, guy using floor wax next to you... Light heel pressure on the toe of his boot would make a spider web.. Hilarious... I had forgotten all that till people mentioned leather luster and floor wax on boots. Learn to make tiny circles with a cotton ball or piece of t-shirt ffs.
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After 21 years in the Army I know how to make little circles...

But reality being that for uniform duty a shined pair of boots is needed, but all it takes is one scuff to make them look ugly. This finish has held up for two months with no touch-up.
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I imagine I've gone through at least thirty pair of duty boots and I'd bet a dollar .... You use the Leather Luster stuff and you'll regret it ........ give it a try & report back.
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Old 02-17-2015, 15:35   #11
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Before fire, we used Polaroid film coater on our inspection shoes.
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Old 02-18-2015, 17:55   #12
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I put a mirror finish on my toes every couple weeks with kiwi, a lighter, and one of those shoe shine machines-good investment but hard to find.
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Old 02-20-2015, 08:42   #13
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I imagine I've gone through at least thirty pair of duty boots and I'd bet a dollar .... You use the Leather Luster stuff and you'll regret it ........ give it a try & report back.
Was that a typo, did you mean you'll never regret it?

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http://www.bootdog.com/luster.html
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