"The Saphir Medaille d'Or Mirror Gloss wax shoe polish is really incredible. It was able to produce a mirror finish in as few as four coats, which is astounding. This polish makes it a lot easier to achieve a mirror shine."
The Saphir Medaille d'Or Mirror Gloss Wax Polish continue Saphir's tradition of producing the absolute best shoe polish in the world. Formulated at the specific request of Hanger Project founder Kirby Allison, the Mirror Gloss polish allows shoe enthusiasts to more effortlessly product mirror finishes, which is one of the most difficult polishing techniques. This proprietary formulation was reached by carefully choosing the hardest and shiniest natural waxes, which as montan wax, carnauba wax, and bees wax. The formulation was further enhanced by optimizing the proportion of natural turpentine solvents to achieve the best drying, holding, and gloss possible.
The Saphir Medaille d'Or Mirror Gloss wax polish is a specialty product that should only be used on the hard-countered surfaces of a shoe (aka. those that do not bend or flex). It is not a "daily polish" that can or should be used on the entire shoe. If you are looking for a softer, more nourishing wax polish, we recommend the Saphir Pate de Luxe Wax Polish. The Saphir Mirror Gloss wax polish does not have any nourishing qualities.
How to Use
The mirror gloss is one of the most difficult and elusive polishing techniques to achieve. The Saphir Mirror Gloss Wax Polish makes this process easier to achieve, but it still requires practice and patience. Below is a simplified explanation. Consult our Shoe Shine Guides for more detailed instructions.
- First prepare the leather by cleaning with Saphir Pommadier Cream Polish.
- Apply a thin coat of the Mirror Gloss Wax Polish using our Hanger Project High-Shine Chamois.
- Allow the wax to drive for several minutes.
- Apply one drop (literally) of water to the surface of the shoe, then buff the wax to a shine using small, circular motions. Use the same high-shine chamois used to apply the wax polish. Apply successive small coats of wax polish (less is more) and buff. As the wax finish builds, so will the brilliance of the mirror shine.
Because of the very high concentration of hard waxes, the polish applies very dry. It is necessary to use slightly more water than one would normally and to apply slightly more pressure in buffing. In contrast, the Mirror Gloss is slightly more fool-proof and certainly more efficiently produces a mirror shine.