The first thing to bear in mind is that there is no standard time duration for glossing a pair of shoes. The length of time taken depends on the type of leather, the age of the shoe, the products used and your experience in treating leather.
Start by setting aside at least 10 minutes for your glacage, keeping in mind that a professional can take over half an hour to obtain a high-gloss shine.
Place wooden shoe trees into your shoes and stretch them.
Regarding the products needed, we recommend using the Famaco Abbey shoe polish paste
as it is specially formulated for high-gloss polishing (like all our products, you can test this paste in our store before purchasing).
Use a polish paste that matches the colour of your shoes. If your shoe has a multi-coloured patina, opt for either the neutral
or the beeswax yellow polish paste
. The neutral polish has a slightly darkening effect on a patina, while the beeswax yellow polish accentuates its colour contrast.
As surprising as it may seem, we do not recommend using a polishing cloth for a glacage. Polishing cloths are excellent for colour removal or for applying shoe creams. However, when it comes to gloss polishing, a fine, smooth cotton cloth works best. Any old T-shirt or scrap from an old sheet is perfect!
Keep a container of warm water nearby.
For the shoe:
Your shoe must be perfectly polished before you begin a glacage. See our leather shoe polishing lesson
to learn about this process.
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