New boots won't shine

I got a new pair of altberg defenders and I've also got leader Gris mod brown. No matter how much I polish them they won't shine or at least look smart. I need this squaring away before next Thursday as we have a st David's day parade with HM the Queen.
 

jarrod248

LE
Gallery Guru
I got a new pair of altberg defenders and I've also got leader Gris mod brown. No matter how much I polish them they won't shine or at least look smart. I need this squaring away before next Thursday as we have a st David's day parade with HM the Queen.
You won't get them to shine with leder gris, use polish.
 
I got a new pair of altberg defenders and I've also got leader Gris mod brown. No matter how much I polish them they won't shine or at least look smart. I need this squaring away before next Thursday as we have a st David's day parade with HM the Queen.


These are boots that should not be shined. They're field boots.
 
These are boots that should not be shined. They're field boots.

Don't encourage defeatism .
Anything can be made to shine given enough time and effort , in the same way that anyone or anything can be taught drill .
I even taught my mother's poodle drill .
 
I did bring up that they're field boots and not meant to be shined but I was told because it's such a "high profile parade" that I need them gleaming as I'm representing my battalion to meet the Queen personally.
 
I did bring up that they're field boots and not meant to be shined but I was told because it's such a "high profile parade" that I need them gleaming as I'm representing my battalion to meet the Queen personally.

Bolleaux.

If its that important an event, ask for boots that can be shined. The previous issue boot can be made a bit shiney.
 
I accidentally used the black off brush on them and introduced black polish onto them, and further brown polish has now started to bring a shine to them, may wish to experiment with different types of polish and see
 
This worked well on DMS boots.
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theoriginalphantom

MIA
Book Reviewer
The Queen is parading? Have we run out of soldiers who can do it for her?
actually re-reading the first post, is it just the pair of you parading?
 

theoriginalphantom

MIA
Book Reviewer
Yes, all the yellow flakes and cracks never failed to impress the Badge.

if you did it right it was ok.
Unless you did it the way Pte R*****e did and just pour a bottle over each unpolished boot. That went spectacularly wrong. They went green.
Or when Smudge did his JHW elbow pads with it, neat, and his JHW snapped.
 

Misterio

Old-Salt
Easy to get a shine with leder gris really. Use a good brush to work the leder gris in until it starts to shine up, then leave to dry off for about 10 mins, after that shine it up with the off brush. I can get mine easily as good as a normal polish, it just takes a few more coats. Leder gris also doesn't seem to "dry" in the usual sense, it'll always be a bit oily but i'm guessing that's the way its meant to be. If some twat is insisting highly shined boots either tell them to do one or provide you with appropriate footwear & FAD. We met a few ACF units during time at garelochhead, they came up for one of the weekends while we were training up there, the majority were absolutely fine but as per the regulars and reserves there's always going to be a few knobs taking things too far, you seem to have of met one.
 
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