Your Favorite Leather Care Routine for Work/Heavy Use Boots and Shoes

Your Favorite Leather Care Routine for Work/Heavy Use Boots and Shoes

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    Lightbulb Your Favorite Leather Care Routine for Work/Heavy Use Boots and Shoes

    I have several pairs of leather barn and horse boots that get hard wear in dust bowl dry weather (10% humidity) to ankle deep mud, snow and ice. I'm just curious about other member's leather care routines.....Here's mine, specifically for leather when coloration, discoloration or darkening is not important:

    Keep clean with saddle soap;
    Routine applications of Bick's Leather Conditioner;
    Frequent applications of mink oil; and
    Occasionally polish with Cavalier polish or Meltonian.

    I keep them dry, supple, crack free, and can generally have them re-soled and re-heeled before any leather wears out. If they get wet, I dry them slowly in a cool location, and then follow that with the above routine, perhaps even two or three times.

    Can anyone add their routine? Do I have opportunities to improve? Do you recommend different products? I know we have a lot of different leather experts here, from holster folks to restoration experts..........

    Am I on track here? Other ideas?

    Thanks!


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    Me being an auto mechanic,i keep my boots well dressed with plenty of motor oil,works great!
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    The manufacturer of the boots I wear ( 8 inch lace up ) recommends applying boot oil. I wipe them off with a damp cloth and then apply liberal amounts of oil and let them soak overnight. Had them for several years now and not one crack in the leather yet. I oil them more in the dry hot months than during the winter. I have never used a shoe polish of any type.
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    I like Sno-Seal on most work/outdoor stuff, neatsfoot oil on some things that may not have as harsh a life. Liquid silicone 'Shoe-saver' on suede. I dry mine with a Peet boot/skate dryer, warm air convection (not hot at all). Dries boots out pretty quick.

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    I know that you folks have never heard of this incredible old product.

    A mixture of Sperm Whale Oil & Pine Pitch or Pine Resin.

    I actually have a full old can.

    It was originally formulated for loggers leather boots & it really waterproofs & perfectly conditions leather.

    It really "tinkeys" though but, so did the loggers.

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    Actually have read about it in logging history books and stories about old time logging and woodsmanship. Don't think I've seen it though, thanks for showing it!

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    Obenauf's Leather Care

    The absoulte best stuff I have ever used on and and all leather.


    I am interested in the stuff QK mentioned though.
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    Currin's Whale Oil Paste has not been "on the shelves" for many years.

    ~~~> Whale Oil = a Big "no-no" these days.

    Probably the closest that you'll get to it nowadays would be 2 products by Montana Pitch Blend.



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    OK QK I'll nibble - what do you use? I know you like Lexol NF for some stuff, but what about your hiking/camping boots? Do you use the Montana PB?


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    Quote Originally Posted by jwhite75 View Post
    Obenauf's Leather Care

    The absoulte best stuff I have ever used on and and all leather.


    I am interested in the stuff QK mentioned though.
    Another Obenauf's fan here . I just clean with a damp or wet cloth and (very mild dish soap solution if needed). Wipe off and rub on the Obenauf's.

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    Right now I'm using Snow Country WAX/OIL by Bee Natural & it works really well.
    I like their products & as a plus they are U.S.A.
    They have a ton of nifty & effective leather care products.

    Whatever you use you need to really scrub it into all stitches & really work it into the welt area AKA that crevice where the sole & heel meet the upper leather.
    It's basically a waterproofing oil, pitch blend, and softened beeswax & so any high quality product that approximates that formula should work about the same.

    I use a stiff hog bristle artists oil painting paint brush but, a used toothbrush will do.

    OK....lemme see if I can locate you a link.

    Here it be...Product Listing



    And here is their web site HOME page since they have different products for differentt use leather.

    http://www.bee-natural.com/cgi-bin/w.../web_store.cgi
    I originally found them when the leather carving artists were recommending their Pro Carv - (a special solution that is applied to vegetable tanned leather prior to tooling, carving, & stamping.
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    I use melt beeswax into the leather to waterproof them, and I like to use KG's Bootguard to go around the seams and over the toes on my "real" work boots. Works wonders.

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    Your post just reminded me.
    The first time that you use a beeswax, mink oil & pitch blend formula....apply it...warm it up (really well) on the boots with a hair dryer and then wait about a half-hour and then repeat the application but, without getting it hot afterward.


    Quote Originally Posted by Spidey2011 View Post
    I use melt beeswax into the leather to waterproof them, and I like to use KG's Bootguard to go around the seams and over the toes on my "real" work boots. Works wonders.

    Steel Toe Work Boot Repair and Protection
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    My latest Mink Oil treatment gave out too quickly, so I ordered some of the Bee Natural Leather Care Snow Country Wax Oil. Reports to follow upon receipt, application, blow-drying and wearing. Thanks ya'll!!!!!


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    Mine favorite is BMW ever particularly the BME640 which they launch recently I really like that.
    Well rather than the car I like to ride it with executive shoes because it by own seems like an executive car.

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