The boot shining world

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    My role in the CAP requires me as well as all other cadets to keep our dress well-regulated, including flashy boots. My dad took his shining basket with him to Kuwait, so I had to buy one at the PX. It came with 2 cans of black shoe polish, a cloth, a big brush, and a thing called a "dauber". I'm wondering what the heck a 'dauber' is used for. My dad taught me how to shine my boots, and this involved using a pure cotton ball to buff in the polish to give it its shiny appeal. Does the dauber replace the cotton balls or what? I tried to use it on one of my boots in place of the cotton ball, but nothing really happened, the polish didnt take the reflective look as it does with the cotton ball. The 'dauber' is a circular horse hair brush with an extended wooden handle.
     
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    The dauber is used to apply polish to civilian foot attire. Use it to spread a little polish on your moms dress shoes or other shoes that need a bit of brushing up....then use the larger horsehair brush to brush them to a quci shine....

    I have a dauber for each color polish in my kit...and a seperate horsehair shine brush as well for each color....seems I wear my tennis shoes most of the time, anymore, so I don't have to worry about it so much, but on those special occassions, I would venture a guess that there are no Doc Marten's shinier than mine.
     
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    So then the cloth that came with the kit is used to buff the polish into the leather of the boot itself? Thanks for the information, Jarhead. I think Im just gonna stick to the cloth and cotton ball deal though.
     
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    I generally used the dauber to put on the first coat of polish, then go buff it out with the big horsehair brush. I then apply a small amount of polish in a small area at a time using an old t-shirt (rag) with water (the spit) and shine it up. I repeat the process from area to area until the entire boot is shined.
     
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    Also remember to strip your boots when you first get them, cause they
    put this crap on them that keeps your polish from "getting in" the boot.
    On inspection days, I would use a lighter or a heatgun to melt the top layer
    of polish, let it cool and buff with a cotton ball and a tiny bit of alcohol.
    This will bring out the shine in em. NEVER, EVER, EVER put mop and glow
    or any other floor wax on your boots. Yes people do this, and it ruins your
    leather. They will also turn blue when they get wet.
     
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    YEP
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    I have seen many a boot ruined by floor wax! Stripping the boots initially is critical.
     
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    :rotflmao: You've got to be kidding.......floor wax on shoes ok, isn't that why the label says floor wax, or did they just miss the floor part.
     
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    I've done this many, many times when hubby was in the Army. I could do a mean polish that could pass any inspection :D
     
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    I still polish my dress shoes this way and occasionally my boots....
     
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    That was the most rewarding part in AIT.
    We would spend all night before an inspection shining our boots.
    The soldiers who wanted to party instead would use mop and glow.
    The next day, the drill would come out to inspection with a water bottle
    and spray a little on our boots to see who was lazy and who deserved the
    rest of the weekend off. Wouldn't you know, they still did it after the first
    time getting caught too.
     

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