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On 3/26/2017 at 10:33 AM, NoName said:

I have the Silverstar. It cuts down ironing time significantly compared to the household irons thanks to the steam and weight. But u have to get used to the water hose from the water tank to the iron, a nuisance since movement becomes limited. 

Finally got the Silverstar about a month back. Excellent results pressing pants and putting in a crease, but I am not getting good results ironing shirts.

I got frustrated and switched back to my Tefal steam iron last night, and I just realised how much hotter the Silverstar is, even with the Tefal set to max. So I'm thinking I was simply using a too high heat on the Silverstar, to the point that the fabric of the shirt doesn't cool enough as I move the shirt around, and 'forgets' the ironing it has received.

So what setting do you use on the Silverstar for shirts? I was using 4. Or do you also have a vacuum board that you use with it?

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My sperate resevoir steam iron just has this one "auto" setting. Either on/off.

Do you find some cloth type harder to iron out the wrinkles on the shirt?

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On 2/28/2018 at 11:59 AM, niakulah said:

Finally got the Silverstar about a month back. Excellent results pressing pants and putting in a crease, but I am not getting good results ironing shirts.

I got frustrated and switched back to my Tefal steam iron last night, and I just realised how much hotter the Silverstar is, even with the Tefal set to max. So I'm thinking I was simply using a too high heat on the Silverstar, to the point that the fabric of the shirt doesn't cool enough as I move the shirt around, and 'forgets' the ironing it has received.

So what setting do you use on the Silverstar for shirts? I was using 4. Or do you also have a vacuum board that you use with it?

Highest temperature + just continuously press on the steam button as I iron the shirt. No idea what's a vacuum board, using a cheap metal based ironing board from Ikea.  

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1 hour ago, NoName said:

Highest temperature + just continuously press on the steam button as I iron the shirt. No idea what's a vacuum board, using a cheap metal based ironing board from Ikea.  

Ok. And you don't need to wait for the section to cool down before you move to the next section?

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7 hours ago, NoName said:

Highest temperature + just continuously press on the steam button as I iron the shirt. No idea what's a vacuum board, using a cheap metal based ironing board from Ikea.  

Just tried this, didn't work for me. Here is my JT shirt immediately after ironing.0_0_0_20180301_232709.thumb.jpg.bfaab4c4655ed34052344210526bc7ce.jpgme

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14 hours ago, kotmj said:

I use a spray bottle/mister.

Yes I did before too. I get best results with a lot of water and my Tefal on max temp.

 

I still think my Silver Star is too hot. I might try it on minimum next week.

 

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Used Muji shoes trees for a couple of years now. Sanded it recently and it's good as new again. Smells good now too.

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Over the years I’ve gathered quite a few pairs of shell cordovan shoes. I’ve always used Saphir’s Renovateur and a good hard polishing to maintain them, but they dont really require much attention to look presentable. 

Whilst this protocol was good, but the colour of my shells began to look slightly faded and tired. Recently I noticed a few products designed specifically for cordovan leather, so I decided to indulge. I bought three products:

1. Cordovan cleaner (made with no solvents, to maintain the unique pore structure of cordovan, which solvents apparently screw up). This is by Famaco, a french company which is sold in iSetan and Parkson. 

2. Cordovan cream polish by Saphir, with crazy high concentration of pigments to restore colour. Again, less solvents. 

3. Mirror gloss by Saphir. No solvents like normal Saphir pate du luxe. 

The star of the show is the Famaco. 90% of the results after just one thin application, brush, and buff with cloth. Leather felt nourished too, so probably has mink oil or something in it. 

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Below: the results after just the Famaco. 

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The result after the cordovan cream and light layer of mirror gloss. The cream did restore the richness and colour of faded / tired spot, but doesnt really come up in photos. 

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Nope! The internet have reported good results when used on cordovan, but I nvr had luck sourcing it. You got use before? 

My cordovan shoes are woefully neglected. Only Saphir renovateur and brush polishing. 

The addition of Saphir cream cordovan polish has restored alot of the leather’s magic. 

At rm30 delivered to my doorstep, the Famaco is pretty good in terms of value. 

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Yups used once on a 3yr old Alden shells, covered up scratches.

Bought on Amazon shipped to relative house in US and flown back to me when they came and visit. 

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On 11/26/2019 at 11:39 PM, kotmj said:

My cordovan shoes are dying. I just couldn't be bothered to order stuff online for them. I hate ordering stuff. 

Found an extra Famaco cordovan cream for you. Pass to you when I see you. 

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