Highly polished boots and belts

#1
Here is a dumb question from a novice - be kind to me!

I am off to Sandhurst in a few weeks for my PQO course, and I am starting to work on polishing kit. I have new shoes and crossbelts to prepare.

In the past I have had very good results bulling up boots using spit and polish and lots of time. However, I have been told that 'burning down' and beeswaxing is the proper way to do it. How do I go about burning and beeswaxing?
 

mysteron

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#3
Crossbelts fella? Are you assuming that you have already been accepted intro a specific Regiment? If not don't worry about your crossbelts.

Boots - serious advice now. Have you got any mates who are in the Guards or Household Cav? That would be a good start. I watched as a former Colour Sgt did it and never got the hang of it myself!!!
 
#4
Go to the RAC forum and ask for the Butler, now he does know his stuff, though he has also posted in other bits about bulling boots.
 
#5
RPGTabs said:
I am off to Sandhurst in a few weeks for my PQO course,
mysteron said:
Crossbelts fella? Are you assuming that you have already been accepted intro a specific Regiment? If not don't worry about your crossbelts.

RTFQ, mysteron.

I don't think he or she is trying to get into the Household Div.

Plus, the avatar might be a givaway..... :wink:
 

mysteron

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#6
Flashy - fair play - sweet revenge for me logging you out earlier - even stevens!!
 

mysteron

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#8
I thought HE was omnipresent.

Oh, I do kneel by my bedside every night as well...honest. :wink:

Top tips for the future: Morale Bags should only have Wine Gums, Black Jacks or Refreshers. :thumleft:

Edited to add: Also be quick with a swift exorcism on armoured vehicles that keep on breaking down. Worked for me when our padre did one....did not break down for the rest of a BATUS season. Gleaming. :D
 
#9
so, let me get this right...

The burning down is the heating of the leather with a blowtorch, and then the beeswax is rubbed in whilst the leather is hot.

Do I need to strip back the shoes/belt to the leather before I start? When I last did this with a pair of boots I used a mineral oil (meths). That could produce interesting results when I add the blowtorch!!!
 

mysteron

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#12
RPGTabs - serious note here.

I find it commendable that you care over your appearance, not many of the PQOs do. But on the flip side, don't get too stressed about it. A good effort will get respect from the boys, but looking after them with a good bag of morale, a steady ear and a moral compass (all of which I have no doubt you will provide) are what they really want and need.
 
#13
I suspect at this juncture he's more worried about the views of RMAS RSM than his subsequent flock.

FF.
 

mysteron

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#14
FF - maybe. But I found the majority of Padres have a greater respect of the Big Man than the AcSM.
 
#15
I find it commendable that you care over your appearance, not many of the PQOs do. But on the flip side, don't get too stressed about it. A good effort will get respect from the boys, but looking after them with a good bag of morale, a steady ear and a moral compass (all of which I have no doubt you will provide) are what they really want and need.
Absolutely Mysteron, but I only get one shot at Sandhurst and passing off in front of my Mum :D So I want to get it right.

I've got a fair idea by now of what the boys and girls want, but a Padre who looks like a sack of **** isn't it! I've come accross stories of Padre's who are not taken seriously because they are poor soldiers. I want to be a good Chaplain AND be a half decent STAB if possible.

Apart from that, I'm planning to go on holiday with my unit soon somewhere sandy and hot, so it's impotant I get this right! As a mate of mine who (unfortunately joined the Marines) said - "If you can't look after your unform, how can you be expected to look after your men?'
 
#16
RPGTabs said:
Absolutely Mysteron, but I only get one shot at Sandhurst and passing off in front of my Mum :D So I want to get it right.

I've got a fair idea by now of what the boys and girls want, but a Padre who looks like a sack of **** isn't it! I've come accross stories of Padre's who are not taken seriously because they are poor soldiers. I want to be a good Chaplain AND be a half decent STAB if possible.

Apart from that, I'm planning to go on holiday with my unit soon somewhere sandy and hot, so it's impotant I get this right! As a mate of mine who (unfortunately joined the Marines) said - "If you can't look after your unform, how can you be expected to look after your men?'

To fit right in with the lads all you need to do is swear like a docker, windmill the occasional bloke in the bar, swamp your pants/matress and touch womens bottoms whenever you can.

Worked for the Padre we had in Bos a few years ago. ;)
 

mysteron

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#17
Good on you. As I said before about the contents of a Bag of Morale, a quick exorcism and a demonstrable effort in your kit will see you right in my books.

I have seen some padres that were smart (ex RMP!!!) but not great with the boys, others that were a bag of sh!t that they boys loved.

The most respected and trusted was the one that looked the part (mostly, apart from the bomber jacket with "Padre" nametabs!!!) and gave a sh!t about the boys. Had a few polite words with the Boss a few times to make sure he knew the barometer of morale. My advice - make this bloke your model and you will be achieving the objectives and aspirations you have clearly set yourself.

Good Luck at Sandbags!!
 
#19
Ok, two weeks later of a couple of hours polishing every day and am I one happy bunny :D The crossbelt is gleaming like a good-un. Thanks everyone. All I have to do now is get my shoes the same standard and stop my kids from putting their grubby fingers on "Dad's new shiney belt that you can use as a mirror"!

I caught my youngest proudly showing his cousin the other day and had to spend another couple of hours getting the finger marks out!!!
 
#20
RPGTabs said:
Ok, two weeks later of a couple of hours polishing every day and am I one happy bunny :D The crossbelt is gleaming like a good-un. Thanks everyone. All I have to do now is get my shoes the same standard and stop my kids from putting their grubby fingers on "Dad's new shiney belt that you can use as a mirror"!

I caught my youngest proudly showing his cousin the other day and had to spend another couple of hours getting the finger marks out!!!
Let's hope you put as much effort into the course and all of it's demands as you have done on your belt.....
 

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