I bought some shoe polish kits with the tin of polish at the bottom
and a large cap that holds the applicator and rag. I only used them a
couple times but the polish is already dried out. Anyone have any
suggestions for what to put in the polish to make it soft again so
Not generally recommended (leather damage over time) but you remind me of
other tricks. A bic lighter, warm the top a bit and even old wax will melt
down at the top layer enough so can be used. That one is real common too.
Ponds cold cream. Thin layer then work it in lightly with a toothbrush.
Won't damage the surface of the shoe leather. Old Navy trick, so next time
you see a big burley sailor or marine getting a jar, just nod as now you
There's lots of other stuff but that one works well and can double as a
sunburn treatment if you had one of those long watches and the sun was
hitting ya the whole time.
I saw this ins a movie once and it worked really well. First position
yourself in a fire safe location.
Now you use ordinary cigarette lighter fuel to wet the top of the wax cake.
(Can should be sitting on a flat surface.)
let the fire burn for a few seconds and then place the lid on the can to
snuff out the flame.
You will now have a hot very thin puddle of wax. Dip a cloth into the
puddle and apply the wax to the shoe leather. More is not better, what you
want to achieve is the thinnest coat possible.
While the shoe with a clean portion of the rag to remove excess wax. Now
use a shoe brush to brush the wax to a luster. Once you have got the shoe
as good as it gets with the brush, now you use the buffing cloth to shine to
a mirror finish. Speeding up this process a bit is after the first few
swipes with the buff cloth, sprinkle a few drops of water (squirt bottle set
to mist works good here) and then finish the buffing.
Around the sole dress with the sole edge dressing and you are ready for
It also helps to remove as much dirt from the shoes as possible before
polishing. Here a damp rag and an old tooth brush work wonders. The trick
here is to work fast and wipe often to get the dirt off the leather without
saturating the leather with water.
About the time I had mastered getting the toothpaste back in the tube, then
Well, you don't always do it, but that's the solution for dried Kiwi.
Light it, let it get going pretty fair until the entire surface is
lit, then *lay* the lid on top to snuff.
Let cool before use, good as new.
I think its made from wax and oils, if you heat it to get it soft and
add an oil like mineral oil or maybe even a cooking oil it should
work. You need to seal it tight, I have polish around 20 yrs that is
still soft. It would work now if you heat it, but the oils have
evaporated that penetrate and keep leather from cracking so you now
have mainly hard wax. Maybe you have boot water proofing oils in your
shoe kit that would work as well to soften it up.
Good shoe polish has carnauba wax in it - I know furniture wax with
carnauba has mineral spirits as a solvent. I would try m.s. on a small
cloth and rub the surface to see if it softens. Stands to reason that a
slow-evaporating solvent would be used.
My army-ROTC roommate in college always set his shoe polish on fire and
then put it out with the tin lid before polishing his boots. Actually
worked like a charm, and whenever I can be arsed to polish anything i do
the same to this day.
replace "roosters" with "cox" to reply.
It was a happy day when we graduated from boot camp and transferred to the
training center. The PX sold Corframs and we were allowed to wear them.
I think the brand name is actually Corfam, but I could be wrong.
In the Navy one day, the Chief Gunner's Mate was wearing a pair standing
in some hydraulic fluid in the gun mount. An officer looking in asked,
"Won't that stuff damage your shoes?" (Surprising that he hadn't heard
Chief just B.S.ed, "No, sir. In fact, hydraulic fluid is what I use to
get them so shiny."
You guessed it--the officer ruined a pair of leather shoes following
replying to dennisgauge, Irit Luria wrote:
Yes, it is cheap stuff that you can just discard and replace. For those who
enjoy tinkering with reviving old stuff, here's what I did: I put the can of
dried out polish in a soup bowl of boiling water (the can floated) and placed a
pot lid on it. The polish started to melt, so I replaced the boiling water a
couple of times, placing the lid on it again each time, & the polish melted
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