Leather Maintenance/Conditioner

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    Leather Maintenance/Conditioner

    What do you guys use? My MTAC is trying to tell me to polish it or condition the leather but I need to know what everyone is using. I have some leather wipes and conditioners for my car and plan to use them. Any comments???? Also, I'm starting to see a lot of lint build up every day I remove my pants at night. I have to do a quick wipe down. How do you handle this issue?

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    A silicone cloth is all use, most makers will advise you not to use waxes, oils, etc as they will break down and soften the leather ruining the holster over time.

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    TheBeltMan recommends using Obenauf Heavy Duty Leather Preservative on their belts. They claim it's won't weaken the leather and will keep it nice and stiff but prevent any cracking and whatnot.

    If it's good for a heavy duty gun belt and recommended by one of the top leather workers around when it comes to making sturdy gear, then it should be ok for a holster I'd think. Word on the street is that Jim used to make holsters and actually does a couple on occation.

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    Holster care

    I have used Saddle Soap and Neat's Foot Oil w/o issue for years. I recently found the Red Wing Oil is very nice too. I have been using it on my personal holsters and so far, so good.

    I think if you go to like Kramer, Milt Sparks, Del Fatti and a few others sites, you can find various info. I think I even saw some info on Brigade's... but I am tired and may be mistaken.

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    I have an oil sponge that I use on my shoes from time to time...I will shine up my holsters a bit, too. Other than that, I don't mess with a great hoslter...it's not like it's out in the weather.

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    The only thing I've ever used.....and probably didn't need it. I was a newbie at one time...believe it or not!
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    Obenauf Heavy Duty Leather Preservative is what I use on all my leather gear. Gun belts, holsters, even leather boots and gloves. Great stuff in my opinion/experience.

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    Sparks recommends Renaissance Wax only. Any penetrating oils or conditioners soften the leather, and that's the last thing you want with a quality holster.
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    I'll Ditto the Renaissance Wax as being ideal for leather that has been finished like Sparks and DelFatti. It's perfect for the task.
    You can always find it on Ebay.
    You really don't want to use any penetrating oil type conditioners on holsters as they will get soft.


    Retention straps and other leather subject to bending stress can be very lightly treated
    with a few drops of LEXOL "nf" - and make certain that you buy the "nf" formulation and not the regular NeatsFoot.

    Just a drop or two on the flesh side of the stressed areas of straps works wonders to replenish the natural oils that eventually get lost out of the leather.

    Holsters finished like Galco can benefit by putting a couple of drops of LEXOL nf on a small square of cotton cloth and quickly wiping the entire holster and then immediately wiping it all back off again...then finish with a light coat of Renaissance Wax.

    With holster leather...less is always better.

    The belt slot cuts on Pancake type OWB holsters can be rubbed with Renaissance Wax on a Q-Tip and that will not damage the holster at all but helps it to slide on a gun belt easier.
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    IMO, Kiwi neutral shoe polish and a buff is all that is needed.

    I just checked out Renaissance Wax and it looks pretty good. Are we talking about the Micro Crystalline wax polish?
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    Quote Originally Posted by semperfi.45 View Post
    IMO, Kiwi neutral shoe polish and a buff is all that is needed.

    I just checked out Renaissance Wax and it looks pretty good. Are we talking about the Micro Crystalline wax polish?
    Yep, thats the stuff
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    Quote Originally Posted by semperfi.45 View Post
    IMO, Kiwi neutral shoe polish and a buff is all that is needed.

    I just checked out Renaissance Wax and it looks pretty good. Are we talking about the Micro Crystalline wax polish?
    You know, that thought has actually crossed my mind a few times but I didn't follow through. I may just try this too. This is like buying a holster, you buy untill you find the one that works and it's usually after a drawer full of them.

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