Originally Posted by Albatross
What is everyone's thought on applying mink oil to a pair of new Indy's? I'm planning on wearing them in the rain and snow so I want something that will protect them pretty well. They are the darker J. Crew model so I'm not sure how much the mink oil will actually darken them--I'm hoping not much.
Discussion on mink oil here
One person's opinion on Obenauf.
Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH
Obenauf is good for tough boots you don't want to shine. I wouldn't recommend it for fine leathers. I ruined a pair of Barker Blacks with this stuff. It is so oily and waterproof that it literally destroyed the finish of the shoes. They are bulletproof to everything, but they have that oily, matte look to them and will not shine. I have tried everything from acetone, to lighter fluid, I even held a flame to them, nothing will get the oil out of the pores. I sent them to Ron Rider and he was even stumped. So basically, Obenauf is amazing stuff if you don't care about finish.
So Trini, I wouldn't use it on these boots, just Saphir Reno now and again and wax polish.
Sno-Seal recommended for better quality shoes.
Originally Posted by Wes Bourne
Trini, don't doubt the Sno Seal. Fwiw, I've also treated calfskin dress shoes with the stuff. It's made from beeswax (no animal fats) and you can polish over it. Instead of preheating your boots in the oven, I'd recommend working in a very small amount of Sno Seal and briskly running a hair dryer allover the surface. Allow to cool, wipe off excess and repeat a second application if necessary. Follow that with your usual application of wax if you wish (product does not interfere with wax polish).