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How do you get a mirror like shine on boots?

Asked by Divalicious (2170points) September 4th, 2008

My tactical boots are fairly new and have finally lost the factory finish. They’re clean and glow, but I need them to shine. I know parade gloss and quickie shines aren’t the answer. What are the necessary steps to build a good polish base?

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Divalicious's avatar

These: are what I’m working with.

Magnus's avatar

1. Get your boots
2. Get glue
3. Get many tiny mirrors
4. Paste tiny mirros on boots
5. ???

marinelife's avatar

Here are step-by-step instructions from Stomper’s Boot Store.

Divalicious's avatar

Thank you, Marina!!! This demystifies the military hint I got to melt the polish. (My coworkers have offered to shine my boots, but not to educate me on how to do it).

tWrex's avatar

Those instructions are good, but if you don’t want to use a hair dryer, I used to just use a lighter and light it on fire. I also would light the polish in the can let it melt and then polish the boot with that to get a nice thick coat, but BE CAREFUL because once that stuffs on fire it can get outta hand. Keep an extra rag around to throw on it if need be and then just use the polish you sopped up on the rag on the boot.

Those instructions are really good though. The smaller the circles the better! It’ll take a few hours to get the first good coat, but over time it’ll be easier to maintain. Some people “cheat” and use Mop n Glo on their boots, but rest assured, the nice shininess is cool, but unfortunately it ruins the hell outta the boots.

Lightlyseared's avatar

Bull Polishing

Wear the boots in so as to establish the natural creases in the boot.

Clean your boots.

Take your tin of polish and set fire to the polish in the tin to mel it. Use the tin lid to extingusih the polish.

Apply thin layers polish to your boot in circular motions until you have a dull shine.

Polish the final layer of polish with a good quality wet cloth until the desired shine appears

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