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    How to keep your shoe polish moist?

    Whenever i buy shoe polish.. and after few weeks its starts turning dry. The polish starts to get hard and stiff, and its starting to crack... anyone got a way to keep your polish moist? Cuz i don't wanna buy anymore polish just because their dryed up.
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    close it once you get the polish on your cloth, and when you need to dap more polish on your cloth, open it again but make sure to put on the lid and close it again. this is definately keep it form drying out.
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    Mine always stays moist because when I polish, I use water, so when I put polish on my wet cloth, some water stays on the surface of the polish, and after I put the lid back on, it traps that moisture.

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    I've seen people put pennies in their polish.. anyone know why.. is that a way of moistening their polish? Thnx for the advice guyz..
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    believe it or not, but if you keep your polish tin in the sunit will heat up causing the polish to get soft but not melt it. Just be careful as to how much pressure u apply when you put the polish on your cloth or you will have a hole in your polish

    Quote Originally Posted by CKeenan
    close it once you get the polish on your cloth, and when you need to dap more polish on your cloth, open it again but make sure to put on the lid and close it again. this is definately keep it form drying out.
    I've tried this before and the polsih did last a bit longer, however a little to much pressure and you'll cave the airpocket under the polish in creating a big crack right through the middle.

    Quote Originally Posted by Juice
    Mine always stays moist because when I polish, I use water, so when I put polish on my wet cloth, some water stays on the surface of the polish, and after I put the lid back on, it traps that moisture.

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    this accualy worls really well. In a matter of fact every now and then I take a few drops of water on my fingers and place it in the polish so that the moisture of the water goes into the polish.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gunner C
    I've seen people put pennies in their polish.. anyone know why.. is that a way of moistening their polish? Thnx for the advice guyz..
    apparently the copper in the pennies make the polish more moist. I've never tried nor do I think I ever will.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gunner C
    I've seen people put pennies in their polish.. anyone know why.. is that a way of moistening their polish? Thnx for the advice guyz..
    Doesn't work.

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    Chances are leaving water in the tin won't help much either, since polish is made of wax (carnuba or lanolin)...both items traditionally repel water


    Try to buy your polish from a place that goes through it often (restocks new tins frequently) rather than an out of they way drug store, or corner store that has probably had it on the shelf for months.

    Fresh is best and remember to securely clip the lid shut when you are done

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gunner C
    I've seen people put pennies in their polish.. anyone know why.. is that a way of moistening their polish? Thnx for the advice guyz..
    some people put a drop of water on the penny. flip it over so the drop of water is trapped between the penny and the polish. it works...if the penny isn't rusted and if u push on the penny too hard, it'll crack your polish.
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    I close it up, I tend to keep it in a box, which is in a cool dry place. (next to my catwalk brush and Kiwi Shoe Shine Cloth®
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gunner C
    I've seen people put pennies in their polish.. anyone know why.. is that a way of moistening their polish? Thnx for the advice guyz..
    I used to do that. Its sposed to keep the polish from cracking. By putting the penny in hte middle, you are making the polish really tight in the can, so it wont crack. Also, the penny builds up moisture on it , there for putting al the moisture into the polish. Its not the best method, but, it does work somewhat. Im sure theres a better method out there.

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    Pretty much, I keep mine in a cool dark area and it's stayed moist for a couple of months now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gunner C
    I've seen people put pennies in their polish.. anyone know why.. is that a way of moistening their polish? Thnx for the advice guyz..
    yea, little problem with this...some people just drop it on the top of the polish, and some people push it it...I've never been too sure, so I just don't use it...the first can of polish I got, my best friend told me to put a penny in it, and then he proceeded to shove it to the bottom of the can looked kinda funny, with a big gaping hole in my polish...didn't work well tho...
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    .. I just make sure the lid is on tight
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    Well, I generally use up the whole tin in less than 4 weeks. I have 3 pairs of boots, 2 pairs of work boots and about 4 pairs of black leather shoes, all which get polished regularly.

    However, I find that tiny drop of methylated spirits or mineral turpentine into the polish helps, but I mean the TINIEST drop!
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