No matter if you’re in the police, military or any other tactical field, walking in some mirror-finish tactical boots is something you cannot skip on. Even if no one is specifically asking you to shine your tactical boots, a spit-shine finish is always going to make a great impression.
Here’s what you need in the first place
In order to get that perfectly polished look on your duty boots if you’re in the military or law enforcement, you need to prepare your tools too.
Give a thought about where you’re going to do it as you do need plenty of room for the hole process. As things may get messy too, it’s better to get within reach a towel, an old bedsheet or a rag for covering your workspace. You don’t want to add cleaning to your daily task.
Here’s what you need to prepare:
- Polishing cloths (always prepare the 100% cotton cloths)
- Cotton balls or some cotton-tipped applicators
- Rubbing alcohol
- Was shoe polish
- Shine brush. You should try get the brush made of horsehair as the chances for it to damage your boots are rather slim.
Keep in mind that you may also get some leather care kits that come with instant wax, boot brush and even conditioning saddle soap. They all come in a comfy case that makes travelling very easy.
How to do it. The steps per se
As you want to get best results at the end of polishing, here are the steps to follow:
- Prepare your tactical boots
You cannot get that perfect polish finish unless you have the proper foundation. You should prepare the boots with removing the dirt, dust and debris from the sole and the upper part of your boots. Use the horsehair brush for this step, but go gently on your boots. Stay away from the synthetic bristles as much as you can as they may scratch your boot’s surface. Use back-and-forth gentle motion for brushing the particles that need to go away.
- Put on the base coat
Not all tactical boots come with a base coat, in which case you need to go over the next steps:
- Use small and circular motions for applying a thick layer of polish. A soft cloth is going to be good.
- Give the base coat 15 minutes or so until it completely dries.
- Use a dry and clean cotton cloth to get rid of the excess polish. use vigorous moves and keep in mind that you’re not getting the great shine just yet. The base coat is only supposed to fade out the uneven spots and bumps, getting the boot ready for the spit-finish later on.
- Allow the base coat to dry for 5 minutes.
- Start polishing your tactical boots
In order to get best results, you may want to go over the next steps:
- Use a clean, dry and soft cotton cloth. Wrap the tips of your middle fingers and index and use a bit of polish, applying the polish with circular and small motions on the entire surface of your tactical boots. Take polish whenever you need.
- Go over the same steps with the other boot. Go from one to another so that they have time to dry in between.
- Get a new clean cotton cloth and dampen it in some water. Wrap your index and middle fingers once again and get a bit of polish, rubbing it into the boot with circular motions. When you notice that the polish gets grey and doesn’t transfer to your boots anymore, you simply go ahead on new areas of the cloth to get more polish. Do it until you’re done with the whole boot.
You should switch continuously between your boots so that you get 6 or 7 coats of polish with the dampened cloth. The more you’re applying, the more the hazy shine of the boot is going to get glossier.
- Once the polish is dry, you may use a cotton/nylon cloth for buffering your boots.
Some tips for the road
It’s important to have a smooth foundation with a thick base coat, especially if you’re aiming for the mirror shine. Not skipping any of the steps is going to help you get the perfect shine for your tactical boots.
However, some tips are essential for successful polishing every single time:
- Always work with a thin layer of polish.
- Try to use only circular and small motions every time
- Keep in mind that the first shine is always the most difficult to achieve. Once you have the solid base coat, the whole process is only going to get easier and faster.