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post #1966 of 2549

I avoid mink oil as I don't like the way it softens the leather.  I clean with saddle soap, condition with Lexol, waterproof with Obenaufs and (occasionally) shine the tip of the toe with a little neutral paste wax

post #1967 of 2549
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Originally Posted by mixProtocol View Post

I avoid mink oil as I don't like the way it softens the leather.  I clean with saddle soap, condition with Lexol, waterproof with Obenaufs and (occasionally) shine the tip of the toe with a little neutral paste wax
RW said Mink Oil or Boot Oil would work. What is the difference? Is the softening of the leather going to ruin the leather? Or is it just a look? Also, do you think the dots are associated from the mink oil? Lastly, will the oil dry over time?
post #1968 of 2549

What's a good waterproofing product for iron rangers that won't darken the color? 

post #1969 of 2549
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Originally Posted by Distorbiant View Post

What's a good waterproofing product for iron rangers that won't darken the color? 
RW Boot OIl is apparently the go to.
post #1970 of 2549
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Originally Posted by Distorbiant View Post

What's a good waterproofing product for iron rangers that won't darken the color? 

Pretty much anything that soaks into the leather will also darken it.
post #1971 of 2549
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Originally Posted by dieselman89 View Post


RW Boot OIl is apparently the go to.

i actually disagree with this from experience lol. i have a pair of amber iron rangers that darkened from the boot oil, but the leather is super soft. i haven't oiled them since because i wanted to beat them up and get them to a lighter colour again. regardless of that though, they're still really nice.

post #1972 of 2549
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Originally Posted by ylkim30 View Post

I own a pair of the 213 and I wiped them down with a dry, old t-shirt and then applied Obenauf LP. Barely darkened and they went back to the normal color the next day.

In other words, I don't think leather cleaner or anything is needed before you apply the mink oil or the Obenauf (or whichever product you choose to use).

Yes these are the most expensive boots im likely ever to buy so I want to try and take care of them, something ive never ever done with any boot so im not that experienced.
Reading a lot on how to take care of boots ends up confusing myself after a while, I lack confidence.
post #1973 of 2549
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Originally Posted by ricesuit View Post

i actually disagree with this from experience lol. i have a pair of amber iron rangers that darkened from the boot oil, but the leather is super soft. i haven't oiled them since because i wanted to beat them up and get them to a lighter colour again. regardless of that though, they're still really nice.
Interesting that RW recommends it so highly then.
post #1974 of 2549

What socks do you all recommend with 875's?

post #1975 of 2549
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Originally Posted by dieselman89 View Post
Interesting that RW recommends it so highly then.

 

They may recommend it, but Mink oil can still over-soften the leather (and may darken it slightly) - two symptoms that you saw yourself.  Regardless of what Red Wing recommends, some of us prefer to use Obenauf's HD LP (or SnoSeal), both of which are a mix of oils and waxes.  While it can darken the leather, I like that Obenauf's does a better job at long-term waterproofing (when applied using the hairdryer method) and doesn't make the leather as soft/pliable as mink oil.


Edited by mixProtocol - 11/27/13 at 11:03am
post #1976 of 2549
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Originally Posted by mixProtocol View Post

They may recommend it, but Mink oil can still over-soften the leather (and may darken it slightly) - two symptoms that you saw yourself.  Regardless of what Red Wing recommends, some of us prefer to use Obenauf's HD LP (or SnoSeal), both of which are a mix of oils and waxes.  While it can darken the leather, I like that Obenauf's does a better job at long-term waterproofing (when applied using the hairdryer method) and doesn't make the leather as soft/pliable as mink oil.
I was referring to RW Boot Oil in the previous post, not RW Mink Oil. I will have to see how the Mink Oil i got holds up. It seemed as though Obenaufs was a restorer. I wasn't aware of using it to water proof the shoes. I'm sure Mink Oil will hold up 2-3 months though, right?
post #1977 of 2549
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Originally Posted by StillFly View Post
 

What socks do you all recommend with 875's?

I wear the Kirkland hiking socks from Costco.  Basically wigwam/smartwools, but way cheaper.  $12 for a 4-pack.

post #1978 of 2549
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Originally Posted by dieselman89 View Post
I was referring to RW Boot Oil in the previous post, not RW Mink Oil. I will have to see how the Mink Oil i got holds up. It seemed as though Obenaufs was a restorer. I wasn't aware of using it to water proof the shoes. I'm sure Mink Oil will hold up 2-3 months though, right?

 

For waterproofing, I've never had good luck with any oil holding up for more than a few months.  Obenauf's definitely waterproofs: it's a semi-solid wax/oil that you apply to the shoe (your body heat turns it into a paste/creme).  Once it's on the leather, you can hit it with a with a hairdryer, which melts it to a liquid, which is then absorbed by the leather (where it then solidifies).  Just to be clear, I'm talking about Obenauf's "Heavy Duty LP", not their oil.    It can darken the leather though....

post #1979 of 2549
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Originally Posted by cathpah View Post

I wear the Kirkland hiking socks from Costco.  Basically wigwam/smartwools, but way cheaper.  $12 for a 4-pack.
I want to give these a shot.

I've been using my steel toe work socks from Mark's which are amazing but they're $10 a pair which is why I only have 4 of them. If I could I would own at least 10 pairs.
post #1980 of 2549
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I want to give these a shot.

I've been using my steel toe work socks from Mark's which are amazing but they're $10 a pair which is why I only have 4 of them. If I could I would own at least 10 pairs.

$13.35 shipped w/o tax for 4 pairs.  I bought 4 packs earlier this year, and 2 more this week "just in case" so I now own 24 pairs.  Worth every penny.

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