Originally Posted by hboogz
What do you guys use to coat/protect the boots ? Sno Seal ? Obenauf's ? Something else ? Let me know.[/IMG]
When I first got them I put some Bickmore Bick 4 leather conditioner on them. I put that stuff on just about every leather item I buy. I've had a bottle of that stuff for years, I initially bought it to restore some hand-me-down vintage lizard skin cowboy boots, since it's safe for exotic leathers. It uses lanolin (sheep's wool fat) to moisturize the leather (unlike cheaper conditioners that use artificial chemicals). Anyway, that left then really nice, evening out the nap and everything, but I wanted to put some weather protectant on them. I had read all the good things about Obenauf's on here, but was to eager to wear the boots so I picked up some Sno-Seal at REI. It also has a beeswax base. To apply, I left the boots and the Sno-Seal on the car dashboard for a few hours, so the leather warmed up and the Sno-Seal melted. Then I used a craft sponge brush to soak them in the melted wax, and buffed it when it dried. It darkened the leather, which I knew to expect, but I didn't like the turn out at first because it was too evenly dark. As I wore them the first time, though, some creases & scuffs began to show in the wax and they look awesome. It stormed here yesterday (first rain of the season) and it took me a while to realize that, had I been wearing sneakers, I would have had to watch out for puddles and mud. I had been walking through them without noticing.