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Sno Seal Question! I put this stuff on my Frye boots that are black, is there a way to get the dried white residue off? Oct 14, 2012
You bet! Use a hair dryer to warm the area with the residue. The wax should melt right into the leather. My wife's got Frye boots and sno seal works great for keeping them conditioned and safe from water. You can also place the boots in front of a space heater so they get warm (not hot!). After treatment, my boots get a residue in the area between the uppers and the sole, where the seam is; if I still get some after heating the area, I just brush it off with a stiff brush. Good luck!
How does this compare to Mink Oil? Sounds pretty much like the same instructions but has anyone compared the two? Jan 17, 2014
They are marketed for the same purpose but are very different in how they effect leather. Sno Seal will NOT break down leather fibers the way mink oil, liquid silicone, neat's foot oil etc. Sno Seal is more effective at waterproofing leather than the others as well. I wear boots 365 days a year working as a maintenance mechanic and living on a farm; my boots see horrible conditions that leather just doesn't do well in like calcium and halite ice melters. Sno seal provides a heavily moisturizing treatment for leather while not softening to the point of losing shape like silicone/mink oil will do. Sno Seal doesn't change the color of leather as much (or at all on some leathers) as the "oils", it protects better, lasts longer. The only down side to Sno Seal is it does not dry as quickly as the other products, this doesn't stop using the product. The reason for this is the lack of drying agents and that Sno Seal is a wax. As far as application it goes on like the Kiwi paste mink oil. If you like mink oil give it a try
I put the product on my boots but darkened !! Any way to return them there is the original color? Nov 10, 2014
I really don't know how to return them to it's original color. My suggestion is try a search through YouTube on your question. Also maybe try cleaning then with water and give it time. Good luck.
It will help for sure. Here is the deal on this product: Its essentially beeswax, kept in a liquid form with a very small amount of a solvent that doesn't hurt leather/canvas. When you apply it, you need to get the boots WARM (like, sitting in the summer sun on a hot day is best, you can use a space heater or a hairdryer also). When this product is applied (pay attention to SEAMS, ZIPPERS, and CANVAS), it will melt into a liquid and soak into the seam. Once it sits for a while, the boot/shoe will cool and the solvent that was keeping the beeswax soft will evaporate, and this stuff will harden quite a bit (its invisible in this state). After that, the seams will be highly water resistant. If you still get seepage into the boot or shoe, figure out where its coming in and really apply a heavy coat to that area, and then use a hairdryer to melt the snoseal into the seam/crack/area fully. This stuff is also great for re-conditioning old, faded leather, almost as good as the original Lexol.
if there are no solvents in this and it is only beeswax, why does it smell strongly? how long will my boots take to quit smelling like chemicals? Jan 4, 2014
Couple days, a week? Depends on how often you wear them and in what kind of conditions I'd say. The smell is kind of offensive but not something I worry about on my work boots. This stuff rocks, can make anything waterproof. Whether it is "just" beeswax or not I have no idea. I usually heat my boots in the oven and plaster this stuff on them, stick them back in the oven and repeat process until the leather isn't absorbing it anymore. Then I just leave them to cool and put them on the next day. I don't bother wiping away the excess wax. That will get wiped off at work anyways.
Definitely will darken brown shoes. Black shoes remained same. I imagine it would depend on color of your shoes as to how much it darkens the shoe. I still swear by the product in that it protects the shoes from weather. I have a pair of hiking boots that are going on 20 years. I've applied sno seal maybe 5 times.
Does this work on non-leather materials? I have some boots that are faux-leather (all man-made materials) and want to waterproof them. Sep 19, 2013
It should, it's bees wax but it will darken.
one of the colours listed is blue (2 pack) will this dry to a clear colour or is this just for dark boots like black etc? Jan 8, 2014
..Only the color of the label is blue. The sno-seal itself is an off-white, but goes on and dries clear. It WILL darken your leather, but not drastically enough to change the color to black. Just darker whatever-it-was-before.
Would I use this product on Oiled leather? If so, is there a difference in application method or results? Feb 27, 2014
I am not sure how it would work on oiled leather, you may want to look at Bick #5 leather conditioner cleaner for that.