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Old 02-13-2015, 06:01 PM   #1
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What do you use on your boots?

My Gaerne Balance boots are about three years old. Since I live in the desert, I usually don't worry to much about water/rain. I've never "treated" them with anything. However, I plan to take a few trips back east this year now that I've retired.

What do you guys who ride in wet weather on a regular basis use to treat your boots?
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Old 02-13-2015, 07:00 PM   #2
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clean & treat

I have a well used Sidi OnRoads.
First use some leather cleaner like saddle soap to clean them thoroughly. Then when they are bone dry use SnoSeal applied with a hairdryer to soften the wax to liquid and get as much as possible worked into the leather with a toothbrush. I use a heat gun but be very careful not to burn up your boots.
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Old 02-13-2015, 07:17 PM   #3
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Aerostich CTBs.

Wash/scrub with Dawn. Rinse and dry thoroughly. Slather with Pecard's boot dressing. Place in black garbage bag and put in sun for a few hours. Remove and wipe down with soft cloth. Heavier and clammier afterwards, but conditioned and waterproof. Good for a year or two or more.
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Old 02-13-2015, 08:01 PM   #4
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For a general preservative and somewhat water proofing I use Neatsfoot oil. For serious water proofing I use Snoseal.
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Old 02-14-2015, 05:48 AM   #5
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i use standard black shoe polish and silcone spray
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Old 02-14-2015, 06:02 AM   #6
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simple leather silicon spray treatment for winter boots is fine.
I have over 100000km with my revvit bots, and they don't need more than that.

if you have truly tortured the poor boots, or had an accident/scrape/puncture, and you would like to refinish the coating (like I did), assuming they are black, you can use auto repair rubber paint for rocker panels.

or something to check (if not canadian)

That thick ruberry paint will leave an orange-peel texture and may crack after a while or in places where the leather can bend, but the water gets in usually at other places. I recommend protecting the areas you don't want to paint with masking tape and newspaper/etc. This spraying is messy... Using latex or nitrile gloves and using your finger to smooth the surface, it will leave only a thin smoother layer, which will dry faster and you can 2nd/3rd coat to make is stringer, unless you like the orange-skin texture look it gives...! (some coating products may give smoother finish, I dont know.)
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Old 02-14-2015, 06:27 AM   #7
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I use Moobuzz which is Neatsfoot oil and bees wax. It is made here in town by a little shoe and leather repair shop.
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Old 02-14-2015, 09:07 AM   #8
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Aerostich CTB's heavy leather: Snowseal

Apply, heat (sun, hair drier, etc.), wipe off excess. Repeat every 6-12 months as needed.
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Old 02-14-2015, 09:29 AM   #9
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Typically I don't use anything, and my boots have lasted me a long time.
So I guess I'm doing something right, or at least not too wrong...

I will wipe them down with a damp rag fairly often, and if they get muddy I will hose them off and then wipe the surface off.
I don't let the water saturate them when cleaning I just want to get the road gunk off of them.

No soap, no saddle soap, for a particularly stubborn stain I've used Neo=Cleaner, it's made by the Columbus Co from Japan

For conditioners I've used and liked Lexol the brown bottle, sold as leather conditioner.

In the past I've used snoseal both in the orange bottle and the can with the blue and white writing

But It's messy, smelly and doesn't really seam to be any better waterproofing wise vs lexol after about a month or so of riding regularly in the rain.

I've also noticed that the boots I've I've used a lot of goop on, have broken down and get much softer much faster then the boots that I've just kept clean. Of course that could also be that those boots were used in the rain more often.

Boots I own and (years I've owned and used them)
Sidi/aerostich Combat touring boots (16)
Sidi interstates (20)
Kochmann Turbos (10)
Dr Martin 8eye ox blood (13)
All but the Docs are full grain leather, non waterproof membrane lined boots.
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Old 02-15-2015, 08:04 AM   #10
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Chelsa Leather Food from Aerostich. Slather it on once a year and my CBT's stay dry as a bone in toad chokers and in ankle deep streams.
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Old 02-15-2015, 08:14 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by Dave2 View Post
Chelsa Leather Food from Aerostich. Slather it on once a year and my CBT's stay dry as a bone in toad chokers and in ankle deep streams.
Pretty much the same for my Combat Touring Boots, except I use the Aquaseal paste they offer.....
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Old 02-15-2015, 09:07 AM   #12
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I am not exactly sure what your weather is like in the desert, I sweat my boots up pretty good inside, hot direct sun outside, day after day they get kinda crunchy/stiff... I use snoseal to protect the leather and keep them soft and normal?....
As far as water proof I can't tell...

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Old 02-15-2015, 11:30 AM   #13
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After saddle soap a couple of time a year. Black plastic bag in the sun trick per above.

Occasionally Chelsa black leather food for looks.

25 year old CBTs doing well. 5 year old On Roads likewise.
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Old 02-16-2015, 11:51 AM   #15
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