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Dried-up shoe polish

Discussion in 'General DIY' started by JohnD, 26 Feb 2010.

  1. JohnD

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    I have a couple of colours of shoe polish that I hardly ever use (walking boots, for example)

    After being in the cupboard for a long time, they dry up and become hard, cracked and crumbly. I can reform them a bit by melting on a hot radiator, then letting them set, but they are still hard

    I understand that shoe polish is made of a mixture of pigment, wax and oil, and I presume the oil is evaporating in storage.

    Does anyone know what sort of oil it might be? I am am wondering if I can add some and mix it in to restore these dried-up cans.
     
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  3. PrenticeBoyofDerry

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    It's the turpentine oil that evaporates, this is cause of it going dry.
     
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    I heat mine up on the cooker, you will need to move it quickly. it will be as good as new without adding anything
     
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    Given its cost, buy a new tin :LOL:
     
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    Haven't see real turps on sale. I wonder if White Spirit would do?
     
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    paraffin, added and stirred in might help.

    Wotan
     
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    as i said just heat it up do not add anything
     
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    kinell,do people still polish shoes????
     
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    I found a Toxicology Safety sheet for Kiwi Polish, it says the contents include

    Ingredient: STODDARD SOLVENT
    Ingredient Sequence Number: 01
    Percent: 67-76 f


    I looked up Stoddard Solvent and it appears to be a kind of white Spirit, which makes sense, so I will try adding that. Apparently there is also lanolin, which slows the solvent from drying out until the polish is spread out in a thin film on the shoe.
     
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    do you squeek when you walk :LOL: :LOL:
     
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    as i said you do not need to add anything
     
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    This, when a simmering ring is cooling but with a wee drop of turps.


    Good to see people not being wasteful. :D
     
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    I put mine in the oven at 100C to melt, and stirred in some white spirit. Looks OK so far.
     
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    I suppose these people that dont use polish, just havnt manged to find the right colour for their trainers.
     
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