How to Get a Mirror Shine on Combat Boots

Written by neal litherland
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Getting a pair of combat boots to a mirror shine isn't an easy task. It is, however, something that anyone can do with the proper time, effort, and tools. There are a lot of different methods that work, but the best way to go is often the simplest. Boot polish, elbow grease, and the proper polishing cloths are all that's required to get the proper mirror-like shine.

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Things you need

  • White spirit (optional)
  • Soft shoe polish
  • Hair dryer
  • Cotton rag
  • High quality boot polish/gloss

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    Use the white spirit to strip off any previous layers of boot polish on your combat boots. Dry the boots thoroughly after you'd used the spirits. If your combat boots are dirty, make sure that they're properly and thoroughly cleaned before you begin to polish them. If the boots are new you can skip this step.

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    Wash your hands and make sure that the oils from your fingers have been wiped away. Apply a thin layer of the soft shoe polish to each boot with your fingers. Then take a hair dryer and blow hot air on the layers of polish. It should melt under the heat. Repeat this step three times so that there are three layers of polish on each combat boot.

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    Wet your cotton cloth and wring it out so that it's damp, but not soaked. Take a small amount of the high quality boot polish/gloss and begin to rub it in a small circle on the combat boot. Keep the circles small and continue to rub until a mirror-like shine appears on the surface. You'll need to move from one section to another, bringing out the mirror shine in small places until you've managed to shine the entire boot.

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