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Waterproofing leather boots?

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by itisbruno, Jan 18, 2010.

  1. itisbruno

    itisbruno Devious Member CLM

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    I need some advise.

    The cheapskate in me ran across some boots on clearence at SEARS that if you add them to your cart it takes 1/2 off.

    They are not waterproof, but I needed to save the $, and waterproof ones were not available in my size.

    I plan on wearing these in wet grass and mud when taking my dog to tracking training.

    Is there anything I can put on them to waterproof them without ruining the leather?

    Thanks for your help!
     
  2. HollowHead

    HollowHead Firm member

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    If they can take the heat of a hairdryer, Sno-Seal. It's wax based so won't ruin leather like silicone or oil-based sealants. Camp-dry and mink-oil are probably the worst things you can put on footwear. HH
     

  3. malleable

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    Curious, how would you know in advance if they can take the heat of a hairdryer without harming the leather?
     
  4. hatidua

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    Sno-Seal as suggested above. Do it on warm leather so it really gets absorbed. I typically apply it on boots that have sat in the sun for a while.
     
  5. TBO

    TBO Why so serious? CLM

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  6. HollowHead

    HollowHead Firm member

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    Rubber, plastic and nylon parts require great caution. HH
     
  7. frankmako

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    Sno-Seal will work. You can heat the boots by placing them in a sunny window. But the hair dryer works best, you don't have to get them real hot for the Sno-Seal wax to work into the leather.
     
  8. bocephus549

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  9. itisbruno

    itisbruno Devious Member CLM

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    My head is gonna asplode ... what does mink oil and petroleum products do to hurt leather?

    Thanks


    :thumbsup:
     
  10. eisman

    eisman ARGH! CLM

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    Sno-Seal. It won't hurt leather.

    Vaseline will. Mink oil is not as permanent. Silicone sprays don't get deep enough.
     
  11. NW-Warlord

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    I just use standard Kiwi boot polish. If you apply properly and treat the leather regularly the boots will stay water tight and the leather will last far longer. This will only work on all leather boots, not so much on sissy-pansy gortex nylon boots.
     
  12. Dennis in MA

    Dennis in MA Get off my lawn

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    PH is wrong and the oils break down teh leather. Use Sno-Seal. And clean them with. . . Lexol - it's PH balanced for leather. (Never EVER use Saddle Soap!)
     
  13. itisbruno

    itisbruno Devious Member CLM

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    Thanks Dennis, I have some Lexol I use on car seats.
     
  14. HollowHead

    HollowHead Firm member

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    There are numerous glues used to make boots and shoes. Oil / petroleum based sealants eventually go after them. HH
     
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    itisbruno Devious Member CLM

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    I never would have thought of that, thanks HH

    :thumbsup:
     
  16. Jay17

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    I've always had good luck w/ silicone spray. Never seen any harmful effects, even after many years.
     
  17. Zell

    Zell IrregularMember

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    What is the problem with using saddle soap?
     
  18. havensal

    havensal Getting older every day! CLM

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    I have used Mink oil on my last couple of pairs. The internals end up trashed long before the outside. That goes for my work boots and my hunting boots. :dunno:
     
  19. Dennis in MA

    Dennis in MA Get off my lawn

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    Saddle soap is acidic. Leather is basic. Lexol is basic.

    Many a'saddle has been destroyed by the careful maintenance of saddle soap.
     
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    Another vote for SnoSeal