Characters using their own spit to shine some object.
Some examples include:
- A restaurant worker cleaning tables.
- A mother cleans a smudge off her child's face using her spit as the cleaning solution. Or using her spit to manage the child's hair.
- Some servants do it with the royal crown in The Madness Of King George.
- Space Jam: The Looney Tunes gang cleans their gym this way.
- Mushu tries shining up Mulan's armor to cheer her out of her Heroic BSOD. It doesn't work.
- On Cars, Mater offers to clean off a spot of tar on Lighting McQueen's hood, and he starts hocking before McQueen hastily declines.
- Ragetti does this with his wooden eye a couple times in Pirates of the Caribbean. Later on, Barbossa gives the thing a really good slurp and shoves it back into Ragetti's empty socket. The poor man looks terrified.
- Blaze and King Charles II have a bonding moment spitting to shine their leather boots in the French comedy Delusions of Grandeur.
- Jayne of Firefly does this with a knife, combining this with Licking the Blade. This...disconcerts the rest of the crew.
- The Big Bang Theory: Raj uses his spit to clean off dirt from the crotch area of an Aquaman action figure bought in a garage sale.
- On an episode of Seinfeld, where George is forced to be a butler for his parents, Frank orders George to shine his shoes, and George spits on the shoe once Frank's back is turned.
- Done by Hank when he must shine his father's shoes as punishment on an episode of The Venture Bros..