Waterproofing leather boots

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by tattoogunman, Jan 1, 2013.

  1. 568V8

    568V8 Ontario Vstrommer

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  2. tattoogunman

    tattoogunman Been here awhile

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    OK, I ended up going with Sno Seal and here were my results:

    Before & after side by side

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    Profile before and after

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    Both boots after treatment

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    No clue how well it will work (if at all), I'll let y'all know the next time my feet get wet :D
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  3. bob393

    bob393 Been here awhile

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    +1 for snow seal.
    Also been using it for 40 years, since before it came in a plastic can, it used to come in a metal paint can,
    and it's worked for me.
    I sware it makes the boot last longer since it keeps the leather softer
    I put it on cold and hold the boot over the stove untill it melts and soaks in better but I bet the hair dryer would work just fine.
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  4. tattoogunman

    tattoogunman Been here awhile

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    Yeah, I just used a hair dryer last night. Once it melted, I rubbed it in one more time and then let it dry. I'm probably going to put a light coat of polish over it just to clean it up a bit.
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  5. usgser

    usgser Long timer

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    I'm also a sno seal fan. Besides warming the boot up before and after waxing. I'd suggest working the wax into the seams really well especially where the sole is sewed on to the boot. An old toothbrush works well for this.
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  6. Edwards

    Edwards Gravel Eddie

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    The problem I have had with my Sidi Discoveries is getting the seam where the sole meets the boot to stop letting water in. I have tried several times to seal the seams with "Obenauf's Heavy Duty" I was given as a gift, it is similar but probably not exact as the Sno-Seal I used to put on my hiking boots. The leather is fine it is always the sole seams. Obviously I need a solution, or new boots.
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  7. Marine By Choice

    Marine By Choice Sergeant 0311

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    Using a soft toothbrush for the seams and all stitching really works the wax/paste/gel/liquid in. Used one for years. Learned from my grandpa who was a logger and a farmer all his life.
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  8. frog13

    frog13 Long timer

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    SNO-SEAL....at times you can find it at Walmart....it's at other stores also.It a bees wax base stuff....put it on the garment,use a hair dryer and the wax melts...it goes into nooks and crannies...wipe off excess....done.
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  9. rboett

    rboett posser noob 205

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    ++1 snowseal, especially if you have boots with stiched welts
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  10. Apxgrndr

    Apxgrndr In the snow

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    Is dubbin the same as sno seal? I've always used dubbin on my leather boots with great results
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  11. PFFOG

    PFFOG Richard Alps-aholic

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    I like Effax, penetrates better then Snow seal, and is great to condition the leather too.
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  12. rboett

    rboett posser noob 205

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    So, the Balm?, probbaly not the Hoof Gel :clap
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