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    Boot Polishing

    How do you polish your boots? What products do you use?

    I came across this site Hot Boots!!! and was thinking of giving it a try. Prior to this I just used kiwi, cotton balls and elbow grease. My boots look good but I have seen some guys that looked amazing.

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    I use the cotton balls too. After getting a layer of polish on I run a lighter over it. The polish melts and when it cools I use a wet cotton ball. It buffs really fast and looks great.
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    I use a lighter too.

    Polish, lighter, buff, polish, lighter, buff, water, buff. Repeat. To do my boots REALLY well (basically only for funerals) I put about 30 minutes of repeating that cycle into each boot.
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    Alls I ever did ddwas little polish, a good brush and buff with an old t-shirt. I quit spit-shinning the day I got out of the Army.
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    Boot Polishing

    I get hand me down nylons from my wife and mother in law. The theory is the same, meaning that the nylon heats up the polish when you use them to buff the boot.

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    Day to day boots -- work polish in with a brush, buff to high shine.

    If I need a spit shine... cotton balls or old 100% cotton t-shirt, water, and lots of little circles...
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    I use Triple Ground© beef suet. Melt a little and apply with cotton. Not as good as Shine-Brite Lard™
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    My boots are the one part of my uniform I don't really fuss over. Coming out of a military school, then some time with a Navy scholarship, I was obsessive with them when I first started. I'm 9 years in now, and I just use the liquid stuff. My boots are no holds barred...I scrape em on my pedals, the bottom of my car door, the ground during fights, etc. As long as they're clean, black, and a little shiny from the liquid cheat stuff, I'm good.
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    A guy in college with me used mop and glow. His boots looked like little black mirrors....but the chemicals in the mop and glow ruined them in under a year. But they looked AMAZING!
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    Many years ago, there was a guy in our outfit that was in the Bataan Death March. Now, Stony was a squared away but ugly as sin (as a result of Jap beatings). His job was to shine the boots of Japanese Officers and if they weren't done right, a beating. Well, like I said he was squared away EXCEPT for his boots and shoes. They looked like retreads you see along the highway, only worse. He said that if he ever got out of the prison camp alive, he would never shine another shoe or boot in his life, and he didn't. And NO ONE from the Division Commander on down ever said a word to him about it.

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    A one point I did the mop n glow. The key to not ruining your boots with it is every time you polish/shine, you start by stripping off the old mop n glow. Most of the time, all I care is that they aren't dirty. Every now and then I go for a little shine. The lighter trick sometimes. Last time I instead had left the tin of polish on the radiator, and it didn't fully melt the polish, but made it very soft. I just worked it into the boots with nylons for a bit, then brush buffed to a decent shine. Not a mirror or anything, but nice for a change.
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    Last time I was at Police Week there was a guy near the metro station that was close to the memorial. He did one hell of a shine for a few bucks!!!
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