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I hate polishing brand new boots!

Discussion in 'Cop Talk' started by collim1, Aug 22, 2011.


  1. collim1

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    Shower Time!

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    Its almost September which means I got my new pair Of Danners from the Dept.

    My old pair of boots take a shine with nothing more than a wipe off with a damp cloth and a dab of polish on a cotton ball.

    The new ones take a little more elbow grease, and if you get impatient all your hard work flakes off in a disgusting mess and you have to start all over again:steamed:

    Oh well, I know what I am doing for the next couple of hours:supergrin:
     

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    Did you saddle soap them before you started putting polish on?
     

  3. collim1

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    I didn't use saddle soap, but I cleaned them well with a damp, warm cloth. I do have some saddle soap, but I use it on my horse's saddle. Will it help the boots take polish?
     
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    We used to put on a thick layer of polish, then heat it with a Bic until it started to melt. Don't get it too hot and DON"T use a candle.
     
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    In the Navy we did this then loaded the leather while it is still warm, with new polish then work it in good. then switch to water drops and polish pad (spit polish) then wipe and buff. We also used to cut down the time by polishing the leather with a brush and polish, then buff and follow with Polaroid "fixer" from the film box.

    Smelled like you peed on them, but talk about gloss.
     
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    I keep my boots tactical black. Don't want the shine to give away my position.... :whistling:
     
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    I'm still in awe your dept issues boots! I look at polishing like a fine art until I discovered parade gloss last weekend. I feel like a complete idiot now yet accomplished knowing I was able to get my boots almost the same with regular Kiwi
     
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    The key to a really good shine is to put black shoe die on even before you put on any wax. Once you do that, start with the base coats of wax. Or do what I do, just have the station shoe shine guy (yeah, we have a civilian who has a shine booth here) do 'em.
     
  9. collim1

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    Pretty spoiled when it comes to issued equipment and pay. It the politics, 20-40hrs of mandatory OT per month, micro-management, and typically unhappy work environment that causes me problems:supergrin:
     
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    ^ You get overtime too!!!!!!!! Sign me up lol most of the depts here are switching over to 12 hr shifts and not giving OT like they used to. sorry for the thread jack lol
     
  11. nitesite10mm

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    Most NIB boots come with an almost imperceptible but significant coating of some sort of dry/powdered leather preservative. It's got silicone in it. If you try to polish "out of the box" boots without first applying saddle soap/water/dry (or at least ISO Alchhol) it is a doomed effort.
     
  12. collim1

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    We work 4x12hr days and then off 4. They find plenty for us to do on our "off" days. Them main thing is the major state university in our town. They keep us pretty busy. We work a lot of traffic grants also.
     
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    Good to know.

    I did take a rag with hot water and give them a good scrubbing and let them dry.

    They are starting to shine up. It has been slow today, I have been working on them in the car. Setting the polish up on the dash gets it just warm enough to really seep in without burning it with a lighter.
     
  14. nitesite10mm

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    That right there is pure genius, and I applaud your ingenuity!!!!!!

    You do know, I'm sure, that Lincoln Wax is vastly superior to KIWI..........

    Just sayin'.
     
  15. Chuck54

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    Shucks..........I just hate polishing boots.


    Long time ago I would clean the boots up, then rub in excessive amounts of polish to the point of leaving the polish caked on the boots, then let them set in the sun for a few hours........or a day or two. Then buff the excess and start the spit shine.
     
  16. Agent6-3/8

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    While a nice high glass polish is nice, I have to wonder whats the point for patrol?

    You need to take care of your boots and keep them clean and polished, but I stopped doing anything more than buffing them with a brush or rag a long time ago. In my neck of the woods, boots stay pretty until you get out the car on your first traffic stop or call...
     
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    then don't wear boots, switch to tennis shoes :) i did and will never wear boots again...
     
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    It's not uncommon for my boots to be gray at the end of the night. Some nights are worse than others. 5 hours of directing traffic on a gravel road was the worst.
     
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    In Navy Boot Camp we had polishing contests. Can get a mirror finish with just polish in nabout 30 mins per boot. After a few weeks it becomes kind of relaxing during holiday routine Sunday to polish boots, but that doesn't last long! Parade wax for the win! LOL
     
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    I used to use hot water (hot enough to make tea) on a cotton swab to melt the polish. Then somebody blew my mind and told me to use a hair dryer.
     
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