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Forum topic by DKV posted 12-23-2013 12:32 AM 1291 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-23-2013 12:32 AM

I am working on finishing a box that I’ve been using to experiment with Meltonian shoe cream as the finish. I sand the wood to 1000 grit and then use the shoe cream as the finish. The walnut and rosewood come out glass smooth and low lustre. I like the look. Does anyone else use shoe polish?

http://www.meltonian.com/meltonian-cream-color-chart.html

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#1 posted 12-23-2013 01:14 AM

I used shoe polish to color some carvings I did several years ago. Being a low-wear situation, it has held up quite well.

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#2 posted 12-23-2013 01:18 AM

wtn, wear is my concern. If I give the box away I will include a jar of polish.

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#3 posted 12-23-2013 01:56 AM

4 what size shoe ?

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#4 posted 12-23-2013 03:16 AM

Kryptic, kleenex box size. You know, the ones Hughes used wear…

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#5 posted 12-23-2013 10:26 PM

shoe polish is the antique restorer’s secret ingredient.

Brown Kiwi shoe polish and a heat gun is used to recreate the patina on old Tiffany bronze lamp bases.

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#6 posted 12-23-2013 10:29 PM

Have you tried sandle wax?

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#7 posted 12-24-2013 12:38 AM

Shoe polish ain’t a finish.

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#8 posted 12-24-2013 12:42 AM

Can shellac, varnish or poly go on shoe polish?

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#9 posted 12-24-2013 01:39 AM

I’ve seen Indians in Canada polish cottonwood bark carvings w/ Kiwi. Like you say, it gives a very nice luster.

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#10 posted 12-24-2013 01:53 AM

Nice tip! Thanks.

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#11 posted 12-24-2013 01:53 AM

Almost nothing sticks to wax. The wood will suck up the wax, well maybe not the rosewood, but certainly the walnut. What is going in the center of the top?

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#12 posted 12-24-2013 01:54 AM

Jay,

I’m willing to guess that a coat of sanding sealer will go over shoe polish. Then you can use whatever you wish as a final coat.

Have you tried a top coat DKV?

Steve

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#13 posted 12-24-2013 03:11 AM

renners, the wax from the leaves of sandal (Santalum album Linn.)

Clint, I guess I’ll have to sand it all off. Didn’t realize you couldn’t use shoe wax…

sras, just sanded until it was glass smooth and topped with shoe wax. Only the walnut top. Wouldn’t do any good on the rosewood. I did find the brown wax filled the open grain of the walnut. Haven’t tried anything on top of the wax. Like Jumbo says, nothing sticks to wax.

Jumbo, this is in the center…

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#14 posted 12-24-2013 03:15 AM

DKV…Beautiful box…you got photos of the inside?

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#15 posted 12-24-2013 03:17 AM

kdc, pictures soon. I have five boxes going at once for Christmas. I am in the hubba, hubba phase right now. The wife is always saying hubba hubba bubba…

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