Leather Treatment

I need some advice.

I have my dads old holster that is all leather and western style.

It's drying out.

What is a good way to treat the leather to keep it from drying out? The internet has opinions that very as far as Mac vs PC or Glock vs 1911 or Beans vs No-Beans in chilli!!

--What do you guys recommend?

14 comments:

MSgt B said...

Mink oil

JB Miller said...

Like This?

http://www.mermacminkoil.com/index.htm

SGB said...

Mink oil works great.

New Jovian Thunderbolt said...

I got stuff I use on expensive leather shoes. Better than mink oil, but works the same sorta way. The shoe guy told me to avoid the mink oil or neets foot oil for my shoes, but you ain't doing shoes.

Huberds

Broken Andy said...

Wish I could help you out, JB.

Instead all I've got to give you is this award.

poliwog said...

Blackrock Leather-n-Rich. I've not (yet) used it on a holster but I do use it on my leather jackets and boots. Softens and enriches (best word to describe) the leather without leaving it oily or greasy.

bluesun said...

Obenaufs. I use it on holsters, belts, boots, my leather bike seat... love it. Was recommended to me by a buddy who was a forest service fireman, apparently they all like it.

mmasse said...
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mmasse said...

An occasional application of KIWI neutral paste wax is the only routine maintenance suggested for your holster. DO NOT apply oils or grease in an effort to soften the leather as it was specifically intended to be rigid. Every effort should be made to keep the mold intact.

Anonymous said...

I use Sno-Seal beeswax waterproofing. just lightly heat the leather with a blow drier after applying. works great for holsters.

The Dude said...

All of the above are great suggestions, just glad to see you preserve it. I have a old .22 H&R with a Holster of my Pops and it always reminds me of him to clean and handle.

Nancy R. said...

Stay away from Neatsfoot oil *compound*. It rots the stitching.

I used Hydrophane (and loved it) for years on my tack when I was riding. I wouldn't use a product that's just supposed to waterproof unless that's your goal. Leather needs to breathe, and you don't want to basically wrap it in shirink-wrap. Pure neatsfoot oil has a place to recondition dried out leather (I will darken it, however). For reenacting I use a compound of beeswax, neatsfool oil and lard. I can bring some different samples next weekend for you to try if I can find the hydrophane.

Stretch said...

Second the Hydrophane recommendation.
I've use it on holsters, belts, baseball gloves ...
Well, you get the idea. Good stuff.

ASM826 said...

+1 on the Sno-seal