Care for leather holster cowboy rig?

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    Care for leather holster cowboy rig?

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    Was at the gun show and stop by the leather smith and bought a custom leather holster and belt rig for my 1873 single action army , my question is does anyone else have a similar rig and what is the maintenance upkeep ? should I put Mink oil on it or another leather conditioner ?
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    Ok I found this in an article does this sound about right?
    You will need to invest in a hard bar of glycerin soap to clean your leather. You will use just a small amount of water with the soap and will work it up into a rich lather. Then you should rub it into the leather holster really well and then you will want to wipe it off with a cloth that is soft in order to avoid scratching or marring your leather. After you have wiped off the soap, you will want to apply a thin coat of Kiwi polish in a neutral color. You will want to buff it with a brush or soft cloth. You should then let your holster dry.
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    That should work well if glycerin soap doesn't harm the leather, I'm unfamiliar with it. I use saddle soap which is specifically made for leather. It does an excellent job of cleaning. I then follow up with Lexol leather conditioner which penetrates the leather fibers and keeps the leather very soft and flexible. I have some holsters that are over 30 years old, but these products have kept them looking like new.
    Shoe polish is OK as a surface coating, just remember it can stain the clothing contacting the holster. I have avoided Mink oil because I've heard it's too effective and causes holsters to loose their shape.
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    Thanks Slim
    There's a leather shop in the next town over seen saddles in there window , I'll stop by there and see if they have what you've recommended . that the kind of info I was looking for 30 years maintaining a rig you must be doing something right.
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    Never use mink oil on holsters, it will soften and lose shape. I've always used Johnson's Past Wax on my leather holsters. Can't better it.

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