Introduction: POLISHING BOOTS

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We use our feet everyday. Sometimes we walk through high risk environments that could injure our feet. Leather boots can have many advantages for protecting your feet. Some people use boots for when they are in industrial areas, riding motorcycles, traveling in rough terrain, etc. Proper preventive maintenance, of the leather, ensures the integrity of the product. If the leather is not protected, it will crack/deteriorate exposing feet to water, contaminants, and extreme temperatures. Regularly polishing boots will prevent the damage of the leather with a protective coating. The process of polishing boots also creates a glistening shine due to the filling of the leather pores. This has been a symbol of military excellence for many years. The process of polishing boots takes a lot of time and should be re-polished when scuffs and gouges occur.

MATERIALS:

1.) Black Shoe Polish (located any department store)

2.) Cotton rounds (located any department store)

3.) Cup of Clean Water

4.) Cup of Soapy Water

5.) Black Leather boot (that needs shining)

6.) Tube sock (located any department store)

7.) Rubber Gloves (located any department store)

8.) Apron or scrap clothing (in case of polish stain)

OPTIONAL- Horse Hair Brush, Sponge Brush, Polishing Cloth (located any department store)

---DISCLAIMER---

*WARNING* – SHOE POLISH CAN HAVE A STRONG AROMA. USE IN A WELL VENTILATED AREA

*WARNING* – SHOE POLISH CAN IRRITATE SKIN. USE GLOVES WHEN HANDLING

*CAUTION* – BLACK SHOE POLISH CAN STAIN CLOTHING. WEAR AN APRON OR SCRAP CLOTHING

Step 1: CLEAN THE LEATHER

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Clean all leather areas with soapy water. Be sure to remove any debris that is abrasive and could scratch
the leather when polishing

Step 2: PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT

Polish will stain clothing so wear an apron or some old scrap clothing that you don't mind getting dirty.

Put on rubber gloves for safety and cleanliness

Step 3: OPEN THE SHOE POLISH CONTAINER

Open shoe polish container by twisting the side metal lever (either clockwise or counter clockwise) until it pops open

Step 4: 1ST BASE COAT

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Take one cotton round and apply a liberal amount of shoe polish to the cotton round. Cover all of the visible leather areas of the boot with the polish in small circular motions.

Step 5: POLISH OUT THE SWIRLS

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Apply a small amount of water to the cotton round and move in a small circular motion (polish) all across the leather until all the black polish swirls have disappeared. This could take 20-30 min of continuous polishing

Step 6: APPLY 2ND BASE COAT AND POLISH OUT

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Once the boot starts to shine re-accomplish steps 4 & 5 to reinforce a strong base coat foundation and fill in the pores of the leather.

Step 7: HEAT IN THE SUN

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Allow to sit in the sun for 30-45 min. As the polish heats up it will spread evenly and strengthen the base coats

Step 8: REACCOMPLISH STEPS 4 & 5 AS NEEDED

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Accomplish steps 4 & 5 until the boot shines to your satisfaction. The more these steps are performed, the more shiny the boots will become. Also, as time goes by there will likely become deep gouges/scrapes in the boot. This process will slowly fill in these defects and will eventually make them disappear!

Step 9: FINISHED PRODUCT

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The finished product is up to the owners choice. Boots can be as flawless as a pane of glass if time permits. Once a good coat of polish is applied, they will look brand new and repel the elements just as they did when they were purchased

Step 10: OPTIONAL STORAGE PROTECTION & QUICK RE-SHINE

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Once complete, you can protect the shine from dust and scratches by covering with a tube sock while in storage

When removing the boot from the sock the leather can be quickly shined using a horse hair brush, leather polishing sponge, or buffing cloth.

Comments

3366carlos (author)2017-11-18

you pass inspection.

asadabdul (author)2016-03-06

An improvement over soapy water could be use saddle soap on a wet cloth, less humidity on the boot. If leather is wet, it will not take very well the polish. And as has been said, you could melt the polish with a cigarrete lighter or better a candle with a very short wick at 2" of the boot, for an instant mirror finish.

Hoboken Locksmith (author)2016-02-23

wonderful day!

lyndzharris (author)2016-02-23

Great tutorial! Easy to follow steps.

GaryS114 (author)2016-02-22

This sure does bring back memories from before our AF green boots. I would use an electric heat gun to quickly heat up the wax and buff it to an amazing shine.

SusanH75 (author)2016-02-22

Nice. I once dated na guy who spit shined his boots then turned them upside down and passed alit cigarette lighter over the polished boots then let them sit a bit before putting them on.

dstreng (author)2016-02-21

This is a great tutorial, I think you covered all of the fine points of boot polishing quite well.

dpatrick7304 (author)2016-02-21

Very nice!! I can really use this tutorial!

DIY Hacks and How Tos (author)2016-02-20

Great tutorial. I hope you will share more with the community.

Thank you. I sure will

armorer243 (author)2016-02-20

I use Lincoln paste on mine using an old cotton sock as an applicator. I have found an old pair of nylons makes a great buffing pad. After the polish has cured for about 10 minutes, lightly brush over them with a wadded up pair of nylons and that removes any haze on the surface.

MReed1485 (author)armorer2432016-02-21

Good idea. I have seen a lot on the nylons. Never used them. I was a kiwi polish diehard but it all seemed to die off...

haltenfelder (author)2016-02-21

I preheat the Polish before doing the first layer, let it dry and rub it with some cotton so fast, that it melts again. The sock to keep it clean is a great idea!

MReed1485 (author)haltenfelder2016-02-21

Yeah, we use to light our polish on fire and extinguish it when its melted. Probably not too safe though. If it were to spill, it could be a bad day. I also used parade gloss when I want them real shiny. I didnt spend a whole lot of time on these boots but back when it was a part of the AF uniform, they were mirrors! Thanks for the reply!

Oh and one more idea: if you have a lot of really dirty boots, use a car-cleaning-station. Those will clean a pair of ten boots in seconds.

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