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How to shine shoes and boots SMSgt Pierre L. Charles, USAF (Ret) Aerospace Science Instructor Vineland High School AFROTC NJ-20091 Integrity - Service - Excellence 1 How to shine shoes and boots Integrity - Service - Excellence 2 How to shine shoes and boots Integrity - Service - Excellence 3 How to shine shoes and boots Tools Of The Trade: Types Of Shoe Polish: Black: 1/8 oz or 2 1/2 oz container. Always start off a new pair of boots or shoes with this type of polish. Black polish should be used to put more coats of polish on the shoe when initially shining. Parade Gloss-Black: 1 1/8 oz container. Once you have a good shine with several layers of black polish, you can turn that good shine into a great shine with a layer or two of the parade gloss. Be careful about putting too much parade gloss polish on a shoe as it can wreck a shine if you use an excess amount. Heel & Shoe Edge Color Renew: 2.5 FL. oz plastic bottle with foam applicator. Color renew is good for blackening the edges of your shoe sole. However, a shine is difficult to achieve with this. Use this to "touch- up" the sole of your shoe following wear. Honor Guard Edge Dressing: 4 FL. oz glass bottle with brush applicator. Honor Guard Edge Dressing is what you want to use in order to achieve an impressive shine on the edges of your shoes. Basically, the edge dressing is painted on to the soles, augmenting the shine on the leather of your shoe. With several layers of edge dressing, the soles on the shoe will match, if not be shinier than the rest of the shoe. WARNING: Edge dressing will stain if it spills and the glass bottle will break if dropped. Use carefully. Shining Cloth: In order to shine shoes, you need something to apply the polish. Any old, white undershirt will work or you can opt for a car cleaning sheet. Other options include cotton balls and panty hose. The key to the shining cloth is to ensure that it is both clean and smooth. Horsehair Brush: Great when shining leather combat boots rather than shoes. Use the horsehair brush to apply many layers of polish when beginning to shine a pair of leather combat boots. It is the easiest way to shine the sides of the combat boot in an effective manner. The horsehair brush is also a great tool to bring to the field in order to avoid gray boots by blackening your boots quickly. Newspaper Or Other Surface: Although completely optional, having a newspaper or other surface that you can dispose of is helpful in preventing polish or edge dressing stains on furniture. Integrity - Service - Excellence 4 How to shine shoes and boots Step1. Clean dust and dirt from the surface of your shoes or boots with a shoeshine brush or damp cloth. Step 2. Select a can of wax or crème shoe polish that matches the leather you want to polish. Integrity - Service - Excellence 5 How to shine shoes Step 3. Use a shoe polish brush to apply a conservative amount of polish to the surface of the leather. Brush in circular motions until the leather has a dull coating. Get into tight spots using an old toothbrush. Integrity - Service - Excellence 6 How to shine shoes Step 4. Wait 15 minutes while the polish dries. Step 5. Brush shoes with a shoeshine brush. Integrity - Service - Excellence 7 How to shine shoes Step 6. Buff to a gleaming shine with a clean cotton cloth, such as an old sweat sock or T- shirt. Integrity - Service - Excellence 8 How to shine boots Step 1. Find an old towel or newspaper to spread over the area you will be working on. Shoe polish has an uncanny ability to get smeared everywhere even when you’re being extremely careful…and it’s really hard to get out of carpet. Integrity - Service - Excellence 9 How to shine boots Step 2. Clean the dust and dirt off your boots with a horsehair shine brush or damp rag. If you must get your boots a little wet to clean them off, allow them time to dry before applying the polish. Integrity - Service - Excellence 10 How to shine boots Step 3. Cover the entire shoe with a generous amount of polish, using your shoe polish brush. The polish I’m using is black Kiwi Shoe Polish, but be sure to match the color of the polish to your shoe as closely as possible. Make sure you get down in the seams of the shoe and attempt to cover evenly with polish. Allow 15 minutes for the polish to dry. Integrity - Service - Excellence 11 How to shine boots Step 4. Brush the entire shoe vigorously using the horsehair shine brush. The point of this is to basically brush off all the excess polish, leaving only a small film on the outside of the shoe. Integrity - Service - Excellence 12 How to shine boots Step 5. Once you feel comfortable that the entire shoe has been covered and brushed it is time to focus on the toe and heel for extra shine. Dip a cotton ball or pad into some water and squeeze out any excess moisture so it is damp, not dripping. Then get a little polish on the damp cotton. Next apply the polish on the toe and heel of the shoe using small circular motions. Sit back, this is going to take a while Integrity - Service - Excellence 13 How to shine boots Step 6. Repeat Step 5 until you are satisfied with the level of shine. Remember to use a new piece of cotton each time and to remove all excess polish before applying a new coating. Also, the initial shine is the hardest, it should get a bit easier each time you do it. These boots were fairly new and this was my first time giving them a good shine. From start to finish, it took me approximately 45 minutes to get them to the state shown below. Most of this was spent with the cotton pads shining the toe and heel. If I were to come back in a couple weeks it would take me half the time to do the same job. Integrity - Service - Excellence 14 How to shine shoes and boots Building a Shoe Shine Kit: Before you try to build one, if you have black shoes you can always just buy the one sold on military bases or. It is basic, cheap and has worked for me for years. Tin of wax polish Horsehair shine brush Shoe polish brush (applicator) Cotton balls Shine cloth Integrity - Service - Excellence 15 Questions? Integrity - Service - Excellence 16
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