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This review is from: Obenauf's LP Boot Preservative 8 oz - Preserves and Protects Leather - Made in the US
I began using LP in 1996 when I started fighting forest fires in Northern Idaho. Funny enough, thats where and why it was invented. The store where I bought my fire boots (huge, bomb-proof logger boots) told me that this was what I should use.
The boots took five years of every kind of abuse from submersion to heat to wood ash and LP kept them soft, waterproof and wearable. I tromped through fire and ash, planted trees in spring rains, crossed creeks and slogged through knee-deep mud and as long as I wasnt actually working in the creek all day, my feet stayed pretty dry--no blisters.
I use it on my work and hunting boots now and, though it will darken lighter leather, there is nothing better. I have used mink oil (terrible), pure lanolin (not bad), sno-seal, pure bees wax (a close 2nd), and silicone (smelly) and this is the real deal. I also use it on leather gloves and baseball mitts; anything leather that needs moistened, softened or waterproofed.
Don't expect anything to permanently waterproof boots. This will not give you the same protection of rubber boots and if they are cheaply made no grease or wax will keep water out of loose stiching.
I don't usually melt it; the heat from your fingers applying it is usually good enough though once in a while I set them near the wood stove (3-4 feet away, no closer) to let it penetrate.
Clean leather is better of course but even if you can't get them clean it can be applied to dirty leather with pretty good results.
I will never use anything else.
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Initial post: Apr 5, 2013 5:15:03 PM PDT
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 8, 2013 9:23:40 AM PDT
J. Ediger says:
"sno-seal, pure bees wax (a close 2nd), and silicone (smelly) "
To clarify, I was listing Sno-Seal (caps added) in a list of things I have tried on my boots. I stated that bees wax was my 2nd favorite, I like lanolin because its easy to come by and very cheap (toilet gaskets are made of it). I just think that Sno-Seal is overrated and lacks the staying power of LP. If you overdo it it will over-soften boots but I never took it to that extreme because I had to pay for the LP out of my own pocket. My opinion comes from years of fire fighting and the combined opinion of my entire fire crew who, to a man (and two women) prefer LP. In five years of fire fighting where I traveled from Western Washing to to Idaho, I never met anyone who preferred Sno-Seal to Obenauf's LP. If Sno-Seal works for you that's great, I cannot recommend it over LP and you'd be hard pressed to find a logger or fire fighter in the West who would either.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2014 9:44:59 PM PST
excellent review. many thanks.
the proof is in the pudding.
i'm curious - mostly beeswax...but what else do they add? What leather oils??
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 9, 2014 7:19:27 AM PST
J. Ediger says:
I seem to remember that propolis may be one other ingredient. You may need to look on their website. It may be a proprietary secret.
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