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Kayll'b
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« on: January 19, 2019, 02:09:12 AM »

Hey, I just got my parade gloss prestige kiwi boot polish and it doesn't seem to be working. my standard boot polish has been working great, why can't I get this stuff to work?

Will somebody please help me?!?!?!
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« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2019, 02:16:21 AM »

Do you perhaps have any sort of chain of command that you could pose this question to? Like possibly a Flight SGT or Commander or maybe 1st SGT? Seems like a local solution could be better than this...

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« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2019, 02:35:09 AM »

1. Lose the parade gloss and go back to what you were using.. If it isn’t broke, don't fix it.
2. I use a white cotton t-shirts for 2 reasons. 1. I can visibly see when there is polish on my polish rag. 2. Cotton balls can leave fibers imbedded in the polish on your boot. I've seen it happen.
3. Practice makes perfect. Practice you technique. I've done it so many times I can tell by feel when I'm in the groove.

Hope this helps get you started.

Good Luck!
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« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2019, 04:12:35 AM »

1. Lose the parade gloss and go back to what you were using.. If it isn’t broke, don't fix it.
2. I use a white cotton t-shirts for 2 reasons. 1. I can visibly see when there is polish on my polish rag. 2. Cotton balls can leave fibers imbedded in the polish on your boot. I've seen it happen.
3. Practice makes perfect. Practice you technique. I've done it so many times I can tell by feel when I'm in the groove.

Hope this helps get you started.

Good Luck!

1. Yes! “Parade Gloss” has a different formula with a different wax content than regular Kiwi. Parade Gloss is a shortcut for civilians to get a better buff shine, but it doesn’t work well for a spit shine.

2. If you see fibers embedded in the polish on the shoe from cotton balls, than it’s a virtual certainty that there were no cotton balls used. Instead, they used “cosmetic puffs,” the margarine of the cotton world. Look like cotton balls, but they aren’t. They are polyester. (They will also scratch the shine). Accept no substitutes! Either genuine cotton balls or 100% cotton white cloth, be it t-shirt or diaper.

3).  Shining shoes is just like trying to appear in concert at Carnegie Hall - there can be no true success without practice.


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« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2019, 07:22:13 AM »

Dump Kiwi and use Lincoln.  Been using the stuff for years.
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« Reply #5 on: January 19, 2019, 09:44:58 AM »

I bet the member who post the initial thread is just buffering and not spit shinning. To clarify we should ask.

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« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2019, 09:50:11 AM »

yes, I do use water when I polish my boots. ;)
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« Reply #7 on: January 19, 2019, 05:23:08 PM »

In B4 the "light the polish on fire" crowd...



Kiwi, heat gun, cotton cloth & cold water.

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« Reply #8 on: January 19, 2019, 05:49:12 PM »

Lincoln Wax is the best I've used, but I can't reliably find it in my area.  Parade Gloss has more silicone in it (or something like that) and, as stated, doesn't work as well for spit shining. 

I only use regular Kiwi because I can find it in Walmart, cotton balls, and water.  I've tried all sorts of tricks with heat guns and lighters, and just stick with the basics.
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« Reply #9 on: January 19, 2019, 06:43:30 PM »

^^ https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Lincoln+Wax

Also, the colossal waste of time that is shining boots (I know, I know, it's all about zen and team-building
around the campfire while hell rains down upon you, etc., etc.,) is one of the few reasons I would support
going to suede, just make it black suede to insure they look continue to look sharp vs. bizarre beige ones.
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« Reply #10 on: January 19, 2019, 07:50:05 PM »

^^ https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Lincoln+Wax

Also, the colossal waste of time that is shining boots (I know, I know, it's all about zen and team-building
around the campfire while hell rains down upon you, etc., etc.,) is one of the few reasons I would support
going to suede, just make it black suede to insure they look continue to look sharp vs. bizarre beige ones.

I shine my boots about once every 6 months.  With the heat gun, its about 10 minutes a boot.  20 minutes or so every six months?  I have that kind of time.

Not that suede boots wouldn't be much less mx.
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« Reply #11 on: January 19, 2019, 09:08:06 PM »

Eclipse, have ever had to clean suede boots? They are far from "maintenance free".
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« Reply #12 on: January 19, 2019, 09:29:23 PM »

I brush shine boots and spit shine low quarters.  Neither is very time consuming at this point.

I always find it odd that people who spend the most time bloviating about how shining footwear has some terrific character-building quality wear corfams. 
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« Reply #13 on: January 19, 2019, 09:41:28 PM »

I always find it odd that people who spend the most time bloviating about how shining footwear has some terrific character-building quality wear corfams.

I wear corfram low-quarters.

You won't hear me talking about "character building" when it comes to boot shining (or ironing my shirts).  Nope.

Its a detail, just like the other stuff.
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« Reply #14 on: January 19, 2019, 09:47:25 PM »

Eclipse, have ever had to clean suede boots? They are far from "maintenance free".

So then matte black tacticals - done
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« Reply #15 on: January 19, 2019, 11:51:40 PM »

Lincoln wax, applied in a light coat using a brush or dauber.
Allow to dry (hint, first boot dries while applying polish to second boot)
Buff with a soft brush (second boot dries while buffing the first)
Takes all of about 20 minutes once every few months.
Use the time gained by not spitshining boots to study your next achievement.
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« Reply #16 on: January 20, 2019, 01:22:18 AM »

That is fine and dandy, but in 45 years living I have never seen any place selling Lincoln Wax.

WHICH are the stores that sell it?!!


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« Reply #17 on: January 20, 2019, 01:27:21 AM »

Walmart to begin with.
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« Reply #18 on: January 20, 2019, 01:36:07 AM »

I've never seen Lincoln Wax at Walmart but that may be a regional thing.  Only place around here that carries it is a store that sells duty, motorcycle, and work boots.
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« Reply #19 on: January 20, 2019, 04:39:21 AM »

That is fine and dandy, but in 45 years living I have never seen any place selling Lincoln Wax.

WHICH are the stores that sell it?!!

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Lincoln-Stain-Wax-Shoe-Polish-2-1-8-oz-Black/38455291?wmlspartner=wlpa&selectedSellerId=11772&adid=22222222227000000000&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=c&wl3=42423897272&wl4=pla-51320962143&wl5=9033700&wl6=&wl7=&wl8=&wl9=pla&wl10=117097124&wl11=online&wl12=38455291&wl13=&veh=sem&gclid=CjwKCAiAsoviBRAoEiwATm8OYJsuJtZt3BNLYpjrV_Pfftp170gXoAbdpwCDyuXerls8tGY30bgdhBoCGdgQAvD_BwE
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« Reply #20 on: January 20, 2019, 05:29:40 AM »

Lincoln wax, applied in a light coat using a brush or dauber.
Allow to dry (hint, first boot dries while applying polish to second boot)
Buff with a soft brush (second boot dries while buffing the first)
Takes all of about 20 minutes once every few months.
Use the time gained by not spitshining boots to study your next achievement.
YESSSSSS....

That's all I have ever done with my boots. My current ones are 30 years olde and the uppers are still in good shape.  The ses are about shot, though. Time to start wearing the new pair.

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« Reply #21 on: January 20, 2019, 06:04:51 AM »

That is fine and dandy, but in 45 years living I have never seen any place selling Lincoln Wax.

WHICH are the stores that sell it?!!
Up until the time where suede became the boot of choice for the military, I always bought it at AAFES clothing stores.  Last time I saw it was several years ago, and I bought out the 5 cans they had in stock, kept a couple for myself and gave the other three to faithful Lincoln users who were unhappy that they couldn't restock.  Used the last of the last can last winter.

After several searches in stores, the only way I could get it through Walmart was to special order it.  I opted to instead order a three pack on Amazon for about $20.  I also saw Amazon selling a three pound can of Lincoln, but the price escapes me.


In the interim, I found an off-brand at Dollar General that works just about as good as Lincoln, but head and shoulders above Kiwi.
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