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  1. #1
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    Default The Queen's Royal Household Cavalry

    I used to work for a company that I had to do a week every month in London (tough I know). The hotel I stayed at was on the path to Hyde Park where the Queen's horses were exercised. I LOVED watching them.

    Well check this out:
    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...4137082&type=1

    SO happy that isn't my job!



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    the blowtorch is a little alarming...



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    Quote Originally Posted by charismaryllis View Post
    the blowtorch is a little alarming...
    Think of it as the Guards' model of hairdryer that the rest of us use for polishing our boots! Nothing sissy about a blowtorch!!


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    I have never used a hairdryer for polishing my boots... do tell how to!



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    Same thing the Guards show in the photos with the blowtorch, only hairdryer is warming up the wax polish so it is easy to spread and get into leather pores, polishes up to a high gleam.

    I learned about the hairdryer trick here on COTH! Higher heat seems to let the wax sink into the leather so blacking doesn't rub off easily while boots are in use. Not so much HARD RUBBING with the rags to get friction heat, when your polish is warmed up with the hairdryer (or blowtorch!). Works well to get that patent leather look on the finished boots. You probably should wear gloves to put your finished boots on and off, leave no finger prints on them.



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    Ah! Thanks, I will give it a try.

    (Mmmm... like fingerprints on my highly polished boots is the worst of my show turnout issues )



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    My dad was in the military & he can get shoes shined to the point that they look like patent leather, just like that. Kiwi polish, then buffs like crazy with a soft brush. He used to shine my short boots b/f shoes when I was a kid.

    No blow torch, though.



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    Wow! My parents used to live on that same road, they saw the horses every morning! Unfortunately for me this was a long time before I was thought of . However, that is exactly how mom shines boots (minus blow torch) so maybe she got tips from the experts, lol.
    "Choose to chance the rapids, and dare to dance the tides" - Garth Brooks
    "With your permission, dear, I'll take my fences one at a time" - Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey



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    I was in the US Army when they had the black boots. We used a heat gun to heat both the leather and the polish. I was really good at that. Never could press a uniform, so I often traded my polishing for someone else starching my BDUs. Kids these days, not allowed to use starch and no boots to shine. I do wonder what the heck they do in Basic Training!



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