MIL New flight boots... help me get them shiny

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  1. C5Load

    C5Load OT Resident UCLA fanatic

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    I seriously don't remember how. throwing a few coats of polish on them as we speak.
     
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    do what the AF guys here in misawa do...buy the ones that are 'pre-shined' bleh
     
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    C5Load OT Resident UCLA fanatic

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    can't.
    #1- they're issued.
    #2- Boot, 8P flyer. Only ones we can wear on the plane.
     
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    ahh ok...well then...saddlesoap them bitches first good and hard...

    Then polish the hell out of them in small circles till you can't really see the pores in the leather anymore (we're talkin like 8-10+ complete coats) use small amounts of water or spit while you're polishing them....

    takes mad time but come out really nice after a couple hours of work and easy to maintain.
     
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    C5Load OT Resident UCLA fanatic

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    thank god i don't have to wear my "squadron boots" for a while... gonna be on the plane a ton comin up. :rofl: will post pics later.
     
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    Oh yeah forgot to mention thin coats till the polish is really in those pores....lots and lots of thin coating at the beginning...once you get 'em real good upkeep is maybe 2mins a day quick coat of polish and a quick buffing and you're good to go...

    hrm....could have said the same thing about a couple women i've dated as well....go figure...
     
  7. mtnbike4522

    mtnbike4522 CelicaTech.com

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    I use

    Toothbrush
    Cotton balls
    Parade gloss
    Lighter

    take lighter to polish and light it on fire, blow it out, and put a big hot glob on boots with cotton ball. and vola
     
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    C5Load OT Resident UCLA fanatic

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    toothbrush?
     
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    mtnbike4522 CelicaTech.com

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    yes. I found that i can get into the creases very well with one. and it allows me to make small tight circles when polishing
     
  10. Whoflungpoo

    Whoflungpoo BlooRly!?

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    when I got my last pair of boots I:

    -applied kiwi leather dye,
    -brush-buff after application so that it gets spread evenly.
    -let dry overnight
    -take wet cotton ball and apply Parade Gloss to the toe section that doesn't bend (mine are steel toe) and regular polish to the rest. use very small circles, very thin coats with brush buffing in between coats.
    -after multiple, thin coats are applied until it has a good shine, take a clean wet cotton ball to it in small circles until it REALLY shines.
    - dry off.
    - buff with panty hose.

    For quick touch ups before inspections, I used to just bust out the hose and buff em reall quick.

    /used to get accused of having patent leather boots
    //AF guy, national guard even :p
     
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    I always used a lighter to melt the polish and then buff it with pantyhose
     
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    bassjunky I'm baaaaa-ack!

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    Or you could take them to the boot monkey and he'll do them up for 20 bucks?
     
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    take em to the boot guy

    $3

    :hsugh:
     
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    C5Load OT Resident UCLA fanatic

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    living off base = no boot monkey
     
  15. leather luster....
     
  16. keleko

    keleko yes, he is

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    polish? on boots that are gonna get beat to hell and back?

    guess i had it easy then, i had several pair and one was set aside specifically for hard work- i didn't have to keep them shined (no one did)
    butcha better believe that every other set had to be able to reflect the CO's face lol
     
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    Zourn 16-bit Ninja OT Supporter

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    I just put a fat layer of shine on, let it sit for 15 mins, then come back and thin coat of shine, spit, thin coat of shine, spit, etc. for about 3-7 layers, depending on how bad the boots were when I started.
     
  18. brackac

    brackac Fuck all of this. OT Supporter

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    1. Looks like shit
    2. Ruins boots
    3. Cracks
    4. Looks like shit
     
  19. brackac

    brackac Fuck all of this. OT Supporter

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    Painted boots tell me two things; that you don't care about your personal appearance, and you are lazy. leather luster looks like shit, and ruins the leather.
     
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    brackac Fuck all of this. OT Supporter

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    With all of the services going to the suede style combat boot, the days of shining your boots are coming to an end. I myself will hate to see them go. I love shining my boots, and I think a pair of highly shined boots looks sharp.
     
  21. Private Pyle

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    Some raf guys here use the nose cone paint they use on tornadoes on there boots, pretty hard to get hold of unless you are stationed on a raf base, but im sure theres a usaf equivelant you can beg, borrow or steal.
     
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    I would advise wearing the boots in for two weeks first or that shit is gonna pop like a jailbreak. The boots need to break in firstly, you could accelerate this by standing in a tub of hot water wtih them on but I do recommend the breaking in.
    Afterwards you can save polishing time by using emery cloth to sand them smooth for polishing, then use the small circles and other methods as described in other replies.
     
  24. we do what we can
    :slap:
     
  25. Zourn

    Zourn 16-bit Ninja OT Supporter

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    I can take a quick look at someone's boots and tell if they used shoe polish from a can (the best), liquid sponge shine crap, or floor wax (I wouldn't even say this, except the number of people I've seen do it).
     

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