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What's the best treatment for quality leather boots for durabilty. Is it a Barbour type wax or spray-on.
any advice would much appreciated.
 

Thanks all.

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I got some good stuff if kcb leather from his fb page that you warm up and apply to warm boots.

2 treatments and they seem to be a lot softer and better than when I used nikwax

 

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Mink oil rubbed in by hand. You need the heat of your hand to melt the wax and massage it into the boot

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3 minutes ago, Dave at kelton said:

I am old fashioned and just used dubbin on mine. Used to use Nikwax liquid but the big tins are no longer available and I don' like the new stuff.

Same as.

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You have two option depending upon what you want! 

Waterproof and protect

Waterproof and soften

 

It depends upon what you want to do with the boots, if for example you are wearing in a high abrasion environment such as walking in heather you won’t want to soften the leather as the boots won’t last as long. If it’s not a high abrasion environment and your doing allot of walking and want comfort then use something to soften them up. 

 

Waterproof and protect, sno-seal is best or shoe polish with high beeswax content. 

Waterproof and soften, dubbin such as Saphir Everest

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I had the stitching rot and break up on a set of boots ........ and was told it was due to using neatsfoot oil.  Googling seems to confirm that (at least some) neatsfoot oils can do this.  Never used it since.  I now use Mars oil and have had no problems. 

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I used to use neatsfoot oil to soften boots from new out of the box, to help break them in quicker, i've heard that it can rot the stitching but I've never had it happen. 

I haven't needed to since I started wearing Altberg boots, they are comfortable straight out of the box. 

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5 hours ago, ClemFandango said:

I used to use neatsfoot oil to soften boots from new out of the box, to help break them in quicker, i've heard that it can rot the stitching but I've never had it happen. 

I haven't needed to since I started wearing Altberg boots, they are comfortable straight out of the box. 

It never happened to me either; perhaps it depends on the leather or the formula in the oil has changed. 

Mate has Altberg boots; expensive but excellent boots. 

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19 minutes ago, Scully said:

It never happened to me either; perhaps it depends on the leather or the formula in the oil has changed. 

Mate has Altberg boots; expensive but excellent boots. 

Yes, Altberg are expensive but they are so well made and designed. If you look after your boots they will last for years and with the factory resoling price starting at £50 over time they can be a good investment. I was so impressed with a pair of Altberg Defenders that I bought a second new pair just to put by. Never done that before.The current ex army but new boots are a real bargain. Altbergs own Leder-gris seems to be excellent for waterproofing.

 

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Saddler on here explained but there is something in Neatsfoot that does rot stitching ,i only found out after my army boots "died".Now i use Kho Cho line

Edited by clakk

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I got Meindl sport wax along with the boots seems to soften and protect. just had a look to see what the contents are and theres no mention, but was interested to see that it is made in England, anyone know what its made of ?

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Dubbin or lanolin .I think they are both the same ,used it for years . Will soften up the leather and keep it water tight .  God I hate wellies .

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11 hours ago, Scully said:

It never happened to me either; perhaps it depends on the leather or the formula in the oil has changed. 

Mate has Altberg boots; expensive but excellent boots. 

or they have started using a different fibre for the stitching perhaps?

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Just now, islandgun said:

I got Meindl sport wax along with the boots seems to soften and protect. just had a look to see what the contents are and theres no mention, but was interested to see that it is made in England, anyone know what its made of ?

Beeswax and other stuff, all natural ingredients. Thats from memory, i asked myself the same question a few years ago

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20 hours ago, clakk said:

Saddler on here explained but there is something in Neatsfoot that does rot stitching ,i only found out after my army boots "died".Now i use Kho Cho line

That's what I use now, I even use it on my leather gloves and the leather bit on my gunslip. Good stuff. 

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On 23/02/2018 at 19:59, Brad93 said:

Mink oil rubbed in by hand. You need the heat of your hand to melt the wax and massage it into the boot

+1 but beware the boots will go dull 

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Renapur, it's made from beeswax does not rot stitching and waterproofs leather very well.

A tub also lasts ages about £14 off the bay.

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3 hours ago, blackbird said:

+1 but beware the boots will go dull 

Yeah depends what boots you have my red wings boots are meant to be fairly matt finish 

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