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  • facelessghost
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    abc123: I did use a hair dryer for the initial application, and I tried to use it again immediately after to see if I could remove some wax after heating it up. I think my mistake was applying two coats. That seemed to be the consensus on various tutorials I read, but I think most people are applying this to work boots and other shoes with much thicker leather than the Brattles. Fortunately, the excess wax does seem to be working itself out--either its coming off when I brush the shoes, or its soaking deeper into the leather. Either way, the shoes don't feel as sticky.

    mdwsta4: The color certainly was dramatic. I'm curious about whether it will last. I'll let the shoes sit a bit longer and then wear them on Friday. I'll post some follow-up pics when I get home to document what they look like after a few days of drying and a full day of wear. (Also, if I had heard from you a couple of days earlier I probably would have tried the Huberd's instead. Oh well.)

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  • mdwsta4
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    I've been using Huberds on my shoes for a few years, primarily on my beeswax clarks. Yes, it darkens the leather, but not much. It does have a smoky smell, but that obviously goes away and it's not something I dislike to begin with. It does not have any impact on coloring stitching. It does not leave a waxy residue although it may appear this way until it dries. Applications seemingly last a long time although I'm in Los Angeles so my shoes will get dusty before they get ruined from rain. Typically I apply another coat when my shoes get scuffed up from daily use.

    Your after pictures seem extremely dramatic. I'd be curious to see what they look like after 2 or 3 days once the product has completely dried.

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  • abc123
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    Originally posted by facelessghost View Post
    So if there's a little too much wax on the shoes, should I just continue wiping the shoes down after wearing and wait for the wax buildup to reduce, or is there something else I should do to clean them?
    My boots were slightly sticky after treating them and I had the same dust issues but they eventually went away. Have you thought about heating up the boots gently with a hair dryer to see if you can get the wax to soak in deeper into the leather?

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  • VespaMatt
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    For some reason I thought the PTO article was recent, but its actually from 2012:

    http://putthison.com/post/1726856283...ght-a-new-pair

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  • facelessghost
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    So if there's a little too much wax on the shoes, should I just continue wiping the shoes down after wearing and wait for the wax buildup to reduce, or is there something else I should do to clean them?

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  • VespaMatt
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    Originally posted by facelessghost View Post
    What I never mentioned earlier is that the whole reason I embarked on this train wreck was that I didn't like how sharply creases in the vamp showed up on the shoe. Basically, the polish I had applied would lighten significantly every time the leather folded, and it left me with something like a tiger stripe look across the ball of the foot. I was hoping that by making the underlying finish more uniform, that wouldn't happen.
    I think thats a problem of applying too much wax. Put This On recommended recently using calf cream and not having to worry about that, but you will never get a high shine. Maybe Fred will chime in, but I seem to recall on another shoe care thread he recommended using cream all over and then only applying wax on the toe and heel counter.

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  • mowgli222
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    I think the shoes getting dirty should stop once you take the excess wax off the surface of the boot. Best way to do it is to wipe the shoe down with a damp cloth. Using hot water might make it a little easy to take the excess wax off. It should not affect the color the shoes much as most of the product should be absorbed into the leather already.

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  • facelessghost
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    Yeah, I was actually surprised at just how brown they turned out. Surprised in a good way.

    I had a chance to wear them yesterday. What I never mentioned earlier is that the whole reason I embarked on this train wreck was that I didn't like how sharply creases in the vamp showed up on the shoe. Basically, the polish I had applied would lighten significantly every time the leather folded, and it left me with something like a tiger stripe look across the ball of the foot. I was hoping that by making the underlying finish more uniform, that wouldn't happen.

    It looks like in that respect, wax was not the way to go. The leather still appears to lighten significantly wherever the shoes crease. Of course, all I have to do is hit them with a brush quickly and the color mostly evens out. I'm not sure if that will change as the wax works its way into the creases over time.

    The other thing I noticed is that they got dirty very easily. I walked into town with my daughters to by lunch, and by the time we got home the shoes had picked up a thin but noticeable coating of dust. I wiped them down with a damp rag and everything was back to normal, but it will be annoying if that happens every time I wear them.

    What I hope is going on is that I'm still working out the excess wax, and the shoes will stay cleaner and more evenly colored after I've worn them a few times. But I guess I'll have to wait and see.

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  • chaotix
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    Originally posted by facelessghost View Post
    I went ahead and applied Sno Seal last night. It darkened my shoes far more than I could have hoped for:

    Before:


    After one coat on one shoe:
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/uyy4gk5qhmbluyy/Middle.JPG

    After:
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/mscvo91y2l1ryyt/After.JPG

    Right now I'm quite happy with how they look. We'll see what happens when I wear them.
    That is quite a transformation. I don't quite understand how a neutral colored product like SnoSeal is able to give the shoes such a rich deep brown color, but they look great.

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  • yoyorobbo
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    Originally posted by Duvel View Post
    Thanks, yoyo. So is it true that mink oil is bad to use? I can't seem to sort this out--a lot of different opinions on the Inter-web.

    One thing I'm wondering is whether I want to use something, like Obernauf's, that will darken the boot. That sort of takes it away from its iconic look. Or does it?
    No problem, man. RE the mink oil: Not totally sure either way. I have used mink oil on certain boots - Clarks Bushacre II in beeswax, being the most recent - and it worked very nicely. It *did* darken them a tad, though.

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  • Duvel
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    Originally posted by yoyorobbo View Post
    My only RWs are my Heritage Beckman Chukkas. The leather and look is probably different, so this may not be the best advice for your new boots, Duvel, but here's a link to what I've done with mine:

    http://threads.dappered.com/showthre...l=1#post139862

    A very brief summary: RW's *Naturseal* Waterproofing & Conditioner
    Thanks, yoyo. So is it true that mink oil is bad to use? I can't seem to sort this out--a lot of different opinions on the Inter-web.

    One thing I'm wondering is whether I want to use something, like Obernauf's, that will darken the boot. That sort of takes it away from its iconic look. Or does it?

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  • yoyorobbo
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    Originally posted by Duvel View Post
    Thanks. Just got some Red Wing 877s. I don't understand why the sales dude told me to use mink oil. Everything I've heard about mink oil is that it's bad for boot leather.
    My only RWs are my Heritage Beckman Chukkas. The leather and look is probably different, so this may not be the best advice for your new boots, Duvel, but here's a link to what I've done with mine:

    http://threads.dappered.com/showthre...l=1#post139862

    A very brief summary: RW's *Naturseal* Waterproofing & Conditioner

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  • facelessghost
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    I went ahead and applied Sno Seal last night. It darkened my shoes far more than I could have hoped for:

    Before:


    After one coat on one shoe:
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/uyy4gk5qhmbluyy/Middle.JPG

    After:
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/mscvo91y2l1ryyt/After.JPG

    Right now I'm quite happy with how they look. We'll see what happens when I wear them.

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  • jpakstis
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    I got a deal over the holidays on some Chippewa boots with a suede/rough-out surface like the tan Timberlands. I applied Sno Seal and they developed a much darker and deeper color, more like a "tree bark" shade. They have a great patina and shine on them and I'm very happy with the results.

    I might have over-applied the Sno Seal at first but I got these boots for tough outdoor winter activity. I applied the coating in early December and they are still waterproof after countless snow shoveling and sledding with the kids.

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  • abc123
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    I have a pair of Red Wings that I applied Obenauf's heavy duty to and they darkened the leather a tad and have been that way since (I actually prefer the darker color). I also used them on a pair of boots that had contrast stitching and they didn't discolor the stitching too bad (from white to beige). Both have been used extensively in this year's winter season and show no signs of damage from water, sand and salt so far.

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