High Shine For Bates GX-8 Boots
I got to bring these side zip Bates back to life via some conditioning with Venetian Shoe Cream and a high shine with layers, and layers, of Lincoln wax polish.
How do you get a high (glossy) shine?
It’s all about the layers…
A. Spread a LIGHT coat of wax polish over the toe area of the boot. (It’s usually just the Toe Cap that receives the high shine but sometimes the Vamp as well.) Lincoln is a good wax to use because it’s a harder wax than others such as Kiwi brand.
B. Spray LIGHTLY with water
C. Rub a shoe buffing cloth and/or a horsehair brush in rapid back and forth motions over the polish to create friction and heat which melts the wax to the leather
D. Do this multiple times and after several coats you should begin to see a shine build up. Repeat until you’ve created the desired shine. It could take eight, ten, or more layers to get to a mirror-like shine.
E. To bring out the best shine buff the polished area with a clean scrap of panty hose
Boots before cleaning
Cleaned and conditioned
After two coats of polish
Finished boots after seven polish coats