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post #1921 of 4558
Obenaufs also cleans the leather somewhat, saddle soap, then once dry apply obenaufs is my usual method
post #1922 of 4558
Thanks for the help guys, I used redwing oil on a natural deer skin belt and the next day it was back to normal color.
I do not own saddle soap, any home brews or could I pick up some redwing saddle soap and follow up with the oil?
These clean up nice and the photo was after two weeks of daily work wear and no brushing. The toes are defiantly stainded very dark though
post #1923 of 4558
Brian,

It's the creasing and damage to the leather, much more than the staining, that would concern me. Your best bet would be to find some glycerin saddle soap and a small horsehair dauber. Dip the dauber into warm water, rub it on the saddle soap to work up a lather, then gently "scrub" the leather in small circles with the lathered brush to work the dirt and grime out of the leather. If necessary, repeat the process. Then rinse the dauber with warm water and use it to clean the soap and grime off the boots with additional gentle scrubbing so as little dirty residue as possible is left. Blot the boots with a clean towel and let them dry in a warm, but not hot, shaded place, preferably where there is a gentle breeze. You can use the trick of stuffing the boots with dry newspaper if they are really wet through and through, but they shouldn't get that wet from cleaning. When the boots are dry, apply a moderate amount of oil and let them sit long enough for the oil to be absorbed into the leather. Then apply a small amount of Obenauf's LP and work it into the boots with your warm hands. Let the boots sit again, then buff them with a clean, soft cloth to remove any excess LP. Then you can return to using a horsehair brush to keep them clean and buffed until time for the next cleaning. It's important to remember that dirt and grime left on and in the leather will cut the leather fibers and cause permanent damage to your boots, although a thorough cleaning and treatment will go a long way toward restoring the leather and preserving it in the future. Keep your boots cleaned on a daily basis by wiping them with a damp cloth and brushing them with a horsehair brush. If little or no accumulation of dirt and grime has occurred, brushing alone is sufficient much of the time. Treat your boots like your teeth and brush them every day that you use them. Occasional cleaning with saddle soap and warm water and treatment with oil and LP will also greatly extend the life of your boots or other leather products.

Allan
post #1924 of 4558
I took better photos today of my boots. I don't care what color they are, patina is patina to me as long as the leather is healthy.
I don't have many good cobblers around for saddle soaps and oils but I do have lexol leather cleaner, redwing oil, redwing shoe cleaner and a few other randoms never mentioned here available locally.

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post #1925 of 4558
Those things look like they've seen WWIII

Your products will be fine- but for Christ sake, clean and condition em already!!!
Edited by b-ewing - 7/13/13 at 10:18pm
post #1926 of 4558
That is some solid advice, clean with what ya got. Horsehair brushes are around $10, saddle soap around $8, obenaufs around $13 for 8oz all of which will last a good long while. For around $30 you have just extended the life of your $400 boots. Dirt is just dirt, patina develops after years of wear and care.
post #1927 of 4558
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Originally Posted by Phil McCrackin View Post

Love the two right pairs ..
Very Viberg'esque ..
Would like those laces in my Vibergs - anyone any ideas where those colour laces they use are available ?

I have a pair in the distressed rough out leather. Great shoes. They came with the browns and green laces, although I switched out some light brown laces from some buck shoes I have.

They took some time to break in, but definitely worth it.
post #1928 of 4558
Brian,

Put in an order on the Internet if you can't find the products locally. I don't know where you live, but saddle soap is available at Wal-Mart and many other local stores. Amazon has everything you need, and so does White's. You have some great boots, but the filth and lack of conditioning is going to destroy them in short order. I wish I could get my hands on them so I could fix them up and return them to you in good condition. The worst is your left boot where I suspect the shifter on your motorcycle makes contact. You will soon have a hole there if you don't maintain the leather. At least with White's boots, you can have the bottoms rebuilt for about half the cost of a new pair, but you ought to be wearing out the soles and heels at least once or twice before you need a rebuild. You will need to do a deep cleaning of that left boot and apply oil then plenty of LP to replenish the oils and waxes in the leather. You'll be surprised how much the leather can normally be restored the first time you let it get like that, but you need to keep the leather in good shape in the future or it will end up being destroyed. CXL is not a terribly tough leather and needs to be pampered a little. But so does all leather, really, if you want it to last.

Here is a link to the leather care page for Russell Moccasin Company boots. It will give you good basic care instructions, including an example of the rescue of one pair of boots that was much worse off than yours. http://www.russellmoccasin.com/leather_care.html

Allan
Edited by Okal - 7/14/13 at 8:43pm
post #1929 of 4558
Picked up some Bickmore shoe cleaner today.
Wipe down
Brush
Use cleaner
Allow to dry
Oil
Allow to dry
I don't have LP but I have sno seal?
post #1930 of 4558
Sno Seal is mostly bees wax. Bees wax is one of the ingredients in Obenauf's, but it isn't the major ingredient. I know a lot of guys love Sno Seal, and I have a jar of it. I used to use it a lot years ago, but now I use Obenauf's almost exclusively. Last fall I did a test and put Sno Seal on a pair of Wesco Jobmasters. You can really feel the difference between Sno Seal and Obenauf's if you have the boots right next to each other. Sno Seal feels waxier, and I would say it sheds water a little more than Obenauf's, but the Obenauf's seems to be absorbed into the leather, whereas Sno Seal is almost a coating.

I have also used a lot of Lexol conditioner in the past, and if you have access to the Lexol, I would use that before the Sno Seal.

The main thing is to get the leather cleaned, especially the creases, as Allan said.

Andy B.
post #1931 of 4558
@brian get the best stuff you can find online and sent to you in the mail. That's what I did with a can of Pecards Antique Leather dressing (couldn't find that sh*t anywhere around here!)
post #1932 of 4558
Can someone tell me the difference between the farmer-rancher boots and the classic workboot. I special ordered a pair of classic work boots from Bakers which I am waiting for, and I lucked out and got a great price on new pair of farmer-ranchers on eBay, and I kind of want to know what differences to expect fit-wise when my work boots are delivered. This was my first experience with White's boots and now I know why people on this site speak so highly about these boots. Truly awesome. I can't wait to get my special order boots. Thank you in advance for any replies to my question.
post #1933 of 4558
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Originally Posted by Brian Itzaina View Post

I took better photos today of my boots. I don't care what color they are, patina is patina to me as long as the leather is healthy.
I don't have many good cobblers around for saddle soaps and oils but I do have lexol leather cleaner, redwing oil, redwing shoe cleaner and a few other randoms never mentioned here available locally.

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With relatively little wear on the heel, these boots are really beaten up. Can I ask under what conditions you are wearing them? 

post #1934 of 4558

Thanks again guys for helping.

I started cleaning my right boot and I like what I see so far.

I am going to clean over and over until I get all the grime out/off I can before I oil.

After I oil I will sno seal lightly if I have not already picked up LP.

Here is a comparison after cleaning my right boot twice.

 

 

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post #1935 of 4558

Wow, those clean up really nicely! The patina looks great; the natural CXL is ageing very well. You are getting me thinking about the natural CXL…

Thanks for posting the pics!

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