Hi, I'm Kirby Allison and we love to help the well-dressedtake care of their wardrobes.
In today's installment of our fourpart series on how to create and maintain a mirror shine, I'm going to be focusing on one ofthe most important elements: What to do once you've created that mirror shine and want to maintain it for as longas possible.
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A highly polished toe or a mirror shine is one of the fewthings that will further set you apart from even those already considered well dressed.
And that's because few have theknow-how or the time to produce a propermirror shine or the knowledge of how to maintainone.
In this video, I'm going to show you how tomaintain that mirror shine once it's already beencreated.
Now one of the important things toknow is that although a mirror shine can taketime and energy to create, and certainly the SaphirMirror Gloss makes that easier, once it's created, it's actually quite easy to maintain because the majority of the hardwork has already been done.
Luckily a mirror shine is very easyto determine whenever it needs a littlebit of maintenance.
It just simply no longer shines like it used to.
You'll either see some dull buffing or, more commonly, small cracks that begin to disrupt the smooth surface that is thehallmark of a beautiful mirror shine.
There's three products that I'mgoing to use in the maintenance on a mirror shine.
First, I'm going to use the Saphir Pommadier Cream Polish.
Now the purpose of using theCream Polish is to buff down or to remove a few of the top layers of wax on the mirror shine.
What this is doing is it's just pulling a few of the top layers off that might be disrupting thatmirror shine so that you can then redevelop that using the Pate de Luxe.
Then I'm going to use the SaphirMedaille d'Or Pate de Luxe.
Now the purpose of the Pate de Luxeagain is just producing that final buffing to really elevate that high shine provided that you still have a sufficient foundation of hard waxes on the area that you're trying toproduce the high shine a little bit of Pate de Luxe willreally quickly re-glacage and produce a nice mirror shine.
Now if you're having troubleproducing that mirror shine after you've used thesetwo products or if you see that too much of thathard wax foundation has been removed, then you can always use the Saphir Mirror Gloss to redevelop that foundation.
Now of course, throughout this entire processyou're going to need a little bit of water and I'm using our Hanger ProjectHigh Shine Chamois because that's what'sgoing to allow me to really buff thissurface to produce that high shine.
So I'm gonna take my high shinechamois, a little bit of this if Pommadier Cream Polish, and I'm just going to massage it onto the surface here.
Now at this point you really want tothink of this almost more as cleaning, because what you're doing is you'recleaning any type of dirt off of those first few layers of wax.
You're gonna massage this in using a light to medium pressure.
Because again you're trying to clean this area of the shoe.
Maybe take a little bit more.
Small circular motions.
Now set this aside and allow that to dry and then repeat the same process on the other shoe.
Now once this has had an opportunityto dry, find a clean portion of your chamois.
So using a little bit of water and a little bit of Pate de Luxe.
Now what I'm going to do is to buff that polish off the same way you do during the normalshow and process.
Set that aside and allow it to dry.
Now at this point the process ofreally redeveloping or maintaining your mirror shine ismuch this much the same as creating it.
You're trying to build small layers of wax that you then buff to a shine and do that progressively until youreach the desired shine.
So I'm just using a really small amount of wax polish, a little bit of water, and then buffing this using light to medium pressure.
With luck, you'll be able to recover and renew your mirror shine for a few additional weeks of nice use.
So this is a process that reallycan't be rushed.
What you're trying to do, again, is to just build up that wax finish and what you're looking for is whatyou might see like right here.
It's hard to see but you can see where the wax, the hard waxes have completely comeoff.
I can see the pore structure of the open grainedleather or the full grain leather and so that's an example of an area that you're not going to beable to fix through the maintenance of a mirrorshine.
And so if you see that the finish or the wax finish is too splotchy then you know, that's the point atwhich you really have to just remove all of the waxes and start over.
But if you've created a nice mirrorshine, just a little bit of maintenance canrenew it to an above average shine if not back to its original glory with just a little bit of work and so, you know, you can get two, three, maybe even four weeks of occasional wear out of a nice mirror shine.
Now you may say occasional use over three or four weeks, given the amount of work that goes into themirror shine, it doesn't seem like much.
You know, you're not incorrect in thinking that.
There's no question that a mirrorshine requires work.
And certainly it is very fragile, relatively speaking, finish, but it's just like a really finelypressed white shirt.
I mean, you know, at a certain point afinely pressed white shirt is no longer afinely pressed white shirt.
Same thing with the mirror shine.
The best mirror shine will last several weeks with maintenance, but at some point you're just going to have to startover.
Now depending on how much time youhave, it might inform how much of a touchup you have time to do.
I mean sometimes, if I'm just headed to church or if I'm traveling and about to walk out the door, I might take a little bit of polish and just do one quick buff.
Again, something is better than nothing, and with a little bit of wax polish and a high shine chamois, you could really do areally nice quick shine fairly quickly.
As with anything, especially with the mirror shine you really have to be careful aboutgetting lost in the “mirage”, as I call it.
I mean it's easy to be sucked into this process and to really get lost and find yourself really spending an hour or more just, chasing the shine if you will.
So I like oftentimes kind of set an arbitrary time limit to say “look, I'm going to see howmuch, or how far I can get this in five or 10 minutes and then I'm going to put my chamoisdown and walk away from it”.
Often times as you take a little bit of a break, you come back and you realize that the shine is actually a lotnicer than you thought.
Now one of the things I'm doingright here by rubbing the chamois on my cloth is just trying to remove any of the residual kind of hard wax deposits on thischamois just because as I buff, you know, I really want kind of aclean surface, so I find that this helps, this final buffing, you're actually doing it quitebriskly and you want to really bring heat.
You know, the heat is going to be what helps kind of melt and seal those waxes to produce that high shine.
So here we are.
And you can see, the shine is really re-elevated quite nicely.
I mean, I can see myself speaking in my reflection on this toe cap.
That certainlywasn't the case before we renewed this mirror shine.
Now, it still has someimperfections, I mean you can see right here especially on the inside edge, I do have some hairline cracking and those have been concealed with the work that we did, but it's still disrupting the mirror shine a little bit.
You know there's a fewimperfections, especially on the toe, I mean that's always the first thingto go in a mirror shine.
You can see here on the toe where some of the pore structure has been revealed again becausethose hard waxes came off.
Anytime you could see those pores, you're not going to get a mirrorshine because it's not reflecting that lightperfectly.
So in order to do that, to conceal this, you know I would either need to usethe Mirror Gloss or pull everything off and start over.
But, for five to ten minutes, I'm definitely going to get someadditional use out of the hard work I put intodeveloping this mirror shine.
One of the comments we see quiteoften on the YouTube channel, especially onour first mirror shine video, is just a little bit ofdiscouragement that after a few wears, they see that their mirror shine hasbegun to crack or has dulled a little bit.
It's important to understand that with proper maintenance, like what we just showed here inthis video, and a little as five to 10 minutes, you can really bring that mirrorshine up to 80 to 90 percent of where it was originally.
The additional time and effort that you put into themaintenance of a proper mirror shine is just that subtle calling card of a proper gentleman.
Discover more about how to create amirror shine by watching our entire series on a proper mirror shine here on ourYouTube channel.
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