the butlers guide to shiny shoes/boots

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  1. THE BUTLERS GUIDE TO SHINY FOOTWEAR.

    Equipment:
    Selvyt. (Polishing cloth.) (Follow link) http://www.militarykit.com/products/raven_system/selvyt_polishing_cloth.htm
    Tights ladies gs non-folding.(no fishnets or other patterns)
    2x tins of polish. one must be kiwi as it contains natural beeswax.
    2x good bristled boot brushes labelled on and off 
    Forget the beeswax I have been waxing boots and belts for over 25 years and believe me it is not a task to be taken lightly.

    Preparation:
    Use the selvyt on your brasses for a bit then scrub it give it a good rinse, this reduces the nap of the material to a decent level for bulling your boots.
    Always work with a damp diddley.(selvyt)
    Fill your tin lid with clean cold water.
    When finished, be sure to dry the lid thoroughly. It will sweat and rust if you don't and the last thing you want in the polish is rust particles. :wink:
    Never use the same polish to brush polish and bob as it gets grit in it.
    Always brush polish your boots first. It feeds the leather and helps to remove grit and polish flakes and helps you build up your layering.
    Whatever boots you are bobbing(bulling,) either combat ammo or even plimmies (old sod) you must break them in first let them attain their natural creases as this will help reduce flaking when you walk.

    Execution:
    Remove excess dirt from your boots if necessary then apply a good quantity of polish from your brush polishing tin using your on brush.
    Remember to pay attention to the welts removing all dirt.
    If your eyelets are a bit worn and brass is showing use a black marker on them.
    Using your off brush polish the shoe vigorously till a nice shine appears
    Using your tights, rolled in a ball rub over the boots as this gives a very good shiny finish that goes down a treat on first parades down the tank park.
    Tie a piece of string to one corner of your damp diddley.
    Arrange your hand in the style of a boy scout salute, ie three fingered.
    Wrap the diddley around your three fingers making sure the writing is on the outside
    Use the string to secure it around your wrist.
    Dip your diddley (please don’t snigger) in your water get it nice and wet and then dip it in your bobbing polish.
    Apply to one section of your boot at a time rubbing in circles this is to build up the polish layers on your boots.
    Keep applying polish and water and soon you will begin to see a dull shine.
    As your polish builds up on the leather it will start to shine that is when you start to reduce the amount of polish you apply, just dab your fingers in the kiwi lighter and lighter enlarging the polishing circles. A lot of people have problems finishing of and can ave a smeary or even scrarced appearance. If tis happens to you then try finishing using the water bobbing method
    Water bobbing.
    Equipment is cotton wool balls and cold rung water.
    Take your boots into the bogs ad use a sink.
    Run the cold water and put a cotton wool ball under it.
    Rub the wool ball on your boots in a circle and a shinier finish will start to appear. Keep rinsing and changing cotton as it will pick up polish flakes that will scratch your boots.
    When you are happy with the finish make sure you remove all water from your boots as it dries and leaves white marks if you don’t.
    You can if you wish bob over this finish with your diddley and try an even deeper shine.
    When you are happy with your boots the next bit is a real cringer.
    Wear them!! Put them on lace them up and do a quick stroll round the block.
    Why you mad bugger I hear you ask
    Your boots will crack along your natural creases if you go on parade with them like that you will impress no one.
    When you have the natural crease cracks formed do the following:
    Brush them hard with the off brush.
    Brush polish them with the on brush.
    Brush them vigorously with the off brush.
    Rub them with your tights.
    Then bob them up again this time the creases will have less polish in them and the rest of your boot won’t crack as much.
    Don’t do’s.
    Clear floor polish Even a cadet instructor will spot that bluff
    Set fire to your polish. Never understood that one it depletes the natural oils and wax
    Gloss paint. Oh yes I’ve seen it done looks great ends in tears.
    Morello a German shoe product actually very good but I’ve seen toecaps fall off on parade. Works well on welts and heels.
    Pledge. I’ve seen this widely used by kings troop RHA as a finishing method.

    Note: In the cavalry we use our whole hands once proficient at bobbing and you get a feel for when it is right to reduce your polish and water quantities. I am telling you this method because it easier for a beginner to start off with three fingers and I Know any cavalrymen reading this will laugh but you got to start somewhere. I first learned when I was an 11 year old army cadet with a yellow duster and one finger. My basic at Bovington did not teach me any different and it was not until I became officers orderly that the other more experienced orderlies taught me the proper way to bob boots with a diddley.
    As you get better at it you will develop your own style of what works for you. This is only a rough guide to get you started.
     
  2. Put this in the Wiki!!! An ideal piece of advice!
     
  3. msr

    msr LE

  4. When finished, be sure to dry the lid thoroughly. It will sweat and rust if you don't and the last thing you want in the polish is rust particles. I use a different container to avoid this.
    Great set of instructions though!
     

  5. Ah yes i forgot that bit thanks
    now amended
     
  6. The butlers guides to brass cleaning and dry cleaning your own clothes to follow soon.
    watch this space.
     
  7. Hi Butler,

    Using this old link as I can't find a newer one. The guide is great but can't get my head around how to get the cloth to stay flat on the 3 fingers. Must be my age but a more detailed explanation would be appreciated. :(
     
  8. Flyingrockdj

    Flyingrockdj War Hero Moderator

    Tie an old nylon or lace onto one edge of the diddly- then use this to wrap the cloth and secure it around the hand helping to keep the cloth flat over the three fingers

    Hi Butler!
     
  9. Secure it under your Help 4 Heroes wristband