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    Burn that first coat in with a lighter. Get a good base. On new boots, you will have some flaking of the polish around the toe creases. Make sure you wipe that area after walking for a bit.
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    He is training with minimum food or water, in austere conditions, day and night.
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    He doesn't worry about what workout to do---his rucksack weighs what it weighs, and he runs until the enemy stops chasing him.
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    Now, who wants to quit?"

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    I spray mine with furniture polish and let air dry. Takes about 15 seconds!

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    NON military shine here

    I get mine pretty darn shiny by using a similar method to the ones above but I get a hairdryer to melt the polish and buff with the standard horsehair? brush. Then just buff with a clean cotton- t-shirt.
    The boots must be cleaned first and I guess the good way {Notice I didnt say BEST WAY} is to use soap and water, I guess they make a boot soap?
    BTW- WHo are these THEY we keep referring to????
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    Well thanks for all the help everyone, I appreciate it. I tried a little bit of everything on my boots lol... so they were above avg, but there were definatly some better ones out there (some people had their gfs/wifes do them). However, it was a pretty laid back inspection. Mostly suggestions given, no 'in your face' things, and they (Lts and Chief) told us they appreciate our work. Nice morale booster for anyone who needed it.

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    I know you all are going to give me endless shit but I've found that using a black pantyhose to do the final buffing (of my boots you jerks) really brings out the shine.

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    I know this is Ask a Cop but I have to add this one thing.

    Quote Originally Posted by x5150x View Post
    I know you all are going to give me endless shit but I've found that using a black pantyhose to do the final buffing (of my boots you jerks) really brings out the shine.
    I've used cotton flannel cloth with similar results and it's better than your wife knocking you over the head for raiding her panty drawer.
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    Apply regular black Kiwi liberally. Use a heat gun or lighter to melt the polish into the pores and it will even out well. Once it dries there will be a smokey residue on the boot. Buff it out with cotton or pantyhose as mentioned above.
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    shoe shining

    Quote Originally Posted by Reca View Post
    I spray mine with furniture polish and let air dry. Takes about 15 seconds!
    Don't shine no damn shoes. Spent 25 yrs shining the damn things and I promised, when I got out, no more. If they ain't patent leather or Pledge don't work, tough, I'll look like a Public Defender.

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    I have a set of Clarino shoes for inspections and other times I need shiny shoes. Easier on the arms than all that buffing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coloradocop View Post
    First, if you have a new set of boots and want to get the best results with your polish, you may need to "strip" the boots (removing whatever it is they put on the leather at the factory). Essentially, all you need to do for this is dip some cotton balls in rubbing alcohol, then rub the boots for a while... Some folks do this from time-to-time to remove gummed up old polish and start over fresh. Personally, I don't like adding a drying agent (alcohol) to my leather more often than necessary.

    Anyway, now that you've done that, and allowed the boots to dry, it is time to start with your polich. I start by applying light coats of polish with an old cotton T-shirt (one finger dab), letting them dry for about 5 minutes, then buffing them with a boot brush. After I get a light base on the boots, I start using cotton balls... Dip the cotton ball in water as warm as you can get from the faucet, then get a small dab of polish on the cotton ball... Now polish this into the boot with a circular motion ("wax on"). A NOTE ON THIS STEP: I've found, pesonally, that my end result is always best if I am using a ratio of a lot of water (saturated cotton ball) to a little polish... as was mentioned above, if you overdo the polish you will only delay/complicate a good end result. Anyway, after doing this, repeat the process until a mirror shine occurs.

    During the course of this polish (which will probably take about 45 minutes per boot the first time around, and 5-15 minutes per day to maintain afterwards) you may notice an excess buildup of polish(or a splotchyness <--- yeah, that isn't a word... and if it was, I'm sure it was spelled wrong), and this tends to occur for one of two reasons. Either you didn't strip the boots properly, and the polish isn't adhering to the leather. OR, you may have used too much polish too quickly. If you get this excess buildup, try buffing it down with the boot brush, then continue as planned.

    To recap:

    1) Strip boots
    2) light shine with T-shirt/boot brush
    3) Cotton balls and warm water to finish.

    Or, you can get out of the academy like the rest of us, then you'll never have to do that shit again!!! Also, this phrase will mean more to you later in your career: "you can't polish a turd"
    Too much work, buy a pair of patent leather shoes.

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    Okay- I would never use alcohol. When I was on active duty we used edge shaving cream to get the layer of crap off of the new plain toed leather oxfords. The shaving cream would cause this layer of varnish/plastic to roll up like, well, kind of like a condom.

    One tip for the cotton balls is to immerse them, then squeeze a lot of the water out by holding the cotton ball between your index finger and thumb, and pushing the cotton back towards your fingers creating a "T" shaped piece of cotton. You use the horizontal part of the "T" on the shoe/boot. Get a small amount of wax on the cotton ball and apply in a circular motion. Periodically breathe on the shoe (i.e. like fogging a mirror) while applying the wax. Multiple thin layers are key. After several layers of base color (black/cordovan/whatever) apply one or two layers of kiwi neutral polish using a new "T" cotton ball.

    When polishing after wear, start off with a wet cotton ball to remove dirt and particles, then dry the shoe with a dry cotton ball. If you don't, you get dirt and/or bits of flaked polish (from the creases) that will abrade your shoe while trying to polish it. Nothing worse than getting a mirror-finish with tiny scratches in it. At best, you end up having to re-apply the black polish to fill the scratches. At worst, you end up with the particles embedded in your polish layer.

    My friends who used heat got shiny shoes quicker, but it tended to crack and peel sooner. YMMV.
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    For me Lincoln shoe polish is much better than Kiwi. It comes in a blue and yellow can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DirtRoadDeputy View Post
    For me Lincoln shoe polish is much better than Kiwi. It comes in a blue and yellow can.
    THAT'S THE STUFF! I forgot the name.
    "Somewhere a True Believer is training to kill you.
    He is training with minimum food or water, in austere conditions, day and night.
    The only thing clean on him is his weapon.
    He doesn't worry about what workout to do---his rucksack weighs what it weighs, and he runs until the enemy stops chasing him.
    The True Believer doesn't care "how hard it is"; he knows he either wins or he dies.
    He doesn't go home at 1700; he is home.
    He knows only the Cause.
    Now, who wants to quit?"

    "I am only one, but I am one. I can not do everything, but I can do something. And because I can not do everything I will not refuse to do the something that I can do. What I can do I should do. And what I should do, by the Grace of God, I will do."

    Edward Everett Hale

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    New boot tip:

    First poor the Kiwi to it with a loaded brush, then remove it with a clean on, repeat process about 3 or 4 times. Take buffing rag, soft cotton or if you can buy the buffing rag that is on the same rack as the Kiwi do that.

    Then I normally use a cotton tee-shirt rapped around my arm and pull all the slack out around two fingers. Keep it tight, dip into water (lid of can filled with water) and take off extra water then dip in kiwi and rub small circles on your boots. The high shine areas on active boots will be the toe and heal of the boot. Keep rubbing it in until it looks shiny then buff out. That is the easiest way I have found to get a good shine quick.

    It has always worked the best for me to try and get the spit shine (water and kiwi shine as described above) after I have created a smooth surface (as described above with loaded brush) prior to starting.

    After you have the shine you want, work on it with the last two steps to maintain.
    STOP RESISTING!!!!

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