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Old 12-22-2019, 08:48 PM
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Leather holsters maintenance

After years of neglect I’m dragging out my leather holsters and wiping them down with neatsfoot oil. There still playable, not stiff or hard yet but I want them a tad softer. My leather hip holsters and leather shoulder holsters are getting attention. Just some Christmas time maintenance, every year at this time I take everything out of the safe, give it a wipe down and silicone treatment and put them asleep again.

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Old 12-22-2019, 08:55 PM
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Soft (quality) holsters are not good holsters. Wipe them down with Renaissance wax.

They will still be light years softer than Kydex holsters.
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Old 12-22-2019, 09:20 PM
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Neatsfoot oil softens holsters way too soft & floppy for me.
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Old 12-22-2019, 09:45 PM
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You could get away with that on shapeless leather holsters, but all your modern molded holsters should not be oiled for reasons stated above.

I have freshened they up with shoe polish before, as well as Turner slings dressing.
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Old 12-22-2019, 09:56 PM
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Milt Sparks recommends Renaissance Wax, I've used it for years.
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Old 12-22-2019, 10:29 PM
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You have room in the safe for Holsters, lol.

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Old 12-22-2019, 10:41 PM
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Saddle soap and "neutral" shoe polish.
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Old 12-22-2019, 10:48 PM
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Milt Sparks recommends Renaissance Wax, I've used it for years.
This stuff works great on leather, wood, and steel.
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Old 12-22-2019, 11:14 PM
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Milt Sparks recommends Renaissance Wax, I've used it for years.
+1. If you haven't discovered Ren Wax yet, you should. You'll find a ton of uses for it and a can will last you forever...so don't let the price scare you away.

Beyond that I would be very careful with what you treat holsters with. Anything that makes them softer is no bueno IMO.
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Old 12-23-2019, 03:15 AM
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Saddle soap and "neutral" shoe polish.


This ^^^^^^^
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Old 12-23-2019, 06:10 AM
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Milt Sparks recommends Renaissance Wax, I've used it for years.
I have a can of this but never used it on holsters. What does it do to them?
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Old 12-23-2019, 06:21 AM
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Not only does the information apply to holsters but some leather boots and shoes as well. Especially if you're not interested in darkening the leather.


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Old 12-23-2019, 07:35 AM
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Bought some old (80’s) IPSC holster rigs on ebay, one has some slight greenish oozing around rivets , saddle soap for them too ? I’ve never used that stuff before.
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Old 12-23-2019, 08:02 AM
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Yes, saddle soap for them too. That green stuff is called "verdi gris" (Latin for "green stuff") and it's caused by chemicals left in the leather from the tanning process reacting with the metal in the hardware. A small scrub brush and water will remove it. I would never ever use anything that can soften leather on a holster. Saddle soap contains lanolin which was present in the leather when it was on an animal and lanolin is what it needs - not oils or waxes. If you really want a soft holster then buy a nylon one. I would also never store leather hoksters in your gun safe. They will absorb and hold moisture and cause your guns to rust. Store them away from your guns.

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Old 12-23-2019, 08:13 AM
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Thanks, I’ll start scrubbing when I get home from vacation.
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Old 12-23-2019, 08:18 AM
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Bick4 is a great conditioner for leather and if used correctly won't overly soften nor darken leather.
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Old 12-23-2019, 08:20 AM
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I have a can of this but never used it on holsters. What does it do to them?


It preserves it and helps maintain it's natural appearance. Check out some of the videos on YouTube. It'll show some good information.


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Old 12-23-2019, 08:56 AM
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I've never put anything on my holsters except Kiwi Neutral Paste. They still look like new. But I have heard that everyone that has used it likes the Renaissance Wax.
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Old 12-23-2019, 09:11 AM
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Milt Sparks recommends Renaissance Wax, I've used it for years.
I have a can of this but never used it on holsters. What does it do to them?
Gives them a nice luster, like when they were brand new.

It’s a very light wax, so easy on, easy off.
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Old 12-24-2019, 11:12 AM
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Having been a shine boy when I was a preteen, saddle soap and neutral kiwi shoe polish are best. Make sure you use a soft brush when soaping up. Wipe with a soft cloth. Allow to dry then polish French style, rub fast and hard to build up the heat and get the wax to melt into the leather.
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Old 12-24-2019, 11:21 AM
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I've used Blackrock Leather N Rich to bring back some old beat up ones.
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Old 12-24-2019, 05:29 PM
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Ren Wax.

Next to Duct Tape and WD-40, good for all that ails you.
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Old 12-24-2019, 07:45 PM
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Ren Wax.



Next to Duct Tape and WD-40, good for all that ails you.
You forgot to mention a sawzall....to finish trimming things up

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Old 12-24-2019, 08:04 PM
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I clean and treat leather boots, leather saddles and bridles, leather knife sheaths, and leather holsters.

Not one treatment for all. Although that would be nice.

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Old 12-24-2019, 11:34 PM
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Ren Wax.

Next to Duct Tape and WD-40, good for all that ails you.
Duct Tape, WD-40 and, of course, FLEX SEAL (yeeeeaa...doggies).

I still have a small bottle of C Rusty Sherrick's Hyde Glide that seems to work well and does not soften leather. I would think that Ren Wax, saddle soap, natural shoe polish, etc. that don't soften the leather would work fine if applied sparingly and infrequently.
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