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What's the best way to protect leather

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bldtrailer 08-Jul-18
bldtrailer 08-Jul-18
kginrick 08-Jul-18
aromakr 08-Jul-18
Deno 08-Jul-18
Deno 08-Jul-18
David McLendon 08-Jul-18
Jim 08-Jul-18
fdp 08-Jul-18
Ken Williams 08-Jul-18
Scoop 08-Jul-18
Nemah 09-Jul-18
Mountain Man 09-Jul-18
MStyles 09-Jul-18
Shawn 09-Jul-18
Sawtooth (Original) 09-Jul-18
Sailor 09-Jul-18
Jimbob 09-Jul-18
unhinged 09-Jul-18
ny yankee 09-Jul-18
Bernie P. 10-Jul-18
Thumper 10-Jul-18
Ron LaClair 10-Jul-18
Riverwolf 10-Jul-18
Penny Banks 10-Jul-18
nomo 10-Jul-18
Stealth2 10-Jul-18
BIG BEAR 10-Jul-18
Bowlim 10-Jul-18
Zbone 11-Jul-18
Ron LaClair 11-Jul-18
Linecutter 11-Jul-18
From: bldtrailer
Date: 08-Jul-18

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I have several leather quivers what's the best leather dressing/protective?

From: bldtrailer
Date: 08-Jul-18

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From: kginrick
Date: 08-Jul-18

Don’ t kill the cow . Or try mink oil if you already killed said cow.

From: aromakr Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member
Date: 08-Jul-18

I have used for many years, Montana Pitch Blend. Its a mixture of Pine pitch, mink oil and Bees wax. Its great on leather that has been neglected and dried out as well as new leather,


From: Deno
Date: 08-Jul-18

Montana Pitch Blend. I've tried oil but Pitch Blend is fact and easy


From: Deno
Date: 08-Jul-18

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From: David McLendon
Date: 08-Jul-18

Lexol, I only use Montana Pitch Blend on boots.

From: Jim Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 08-Jul-18

Obenauf’s Heavy Duty Leather Preservative. Its the best there is. Nate Steen turned me on to it.

From: fdp
Date: 08-Jul-18

You're going to get a dozen different opinions, and they are all right actually.

Just remember to clean the quivers good a couple of times a year depending on how much you use them.

Use some old fashioned saddle soap and water. Scrub them with a toothbrush. Make sure to clean around all the lacing, sewing, and rivets or snaps really well. Let it dry, then put the treatment/protectant back on it.

From: Ken Williams
Date: 08-Jul-18

Ballistol, though it may darken it. I use it on my armguards and shooting gloves

From: Scoop Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 08-Jul-18

Olive oil to recondition leather, and Lexol as a finish.

From: Nemah
Date: 09-Jul-18

Another vote for Montana Pitchblend. Try some on your shooting glove too. RKK

From: Mountain Man
Date: 09-Jul-18

Lexol,,,saddle soap

From: MStyles
Date: 09-Jul-18

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I’ve used Pecard’s since 1975.

From: Shawn
Date: 09-Jul-18

Foggy Mountain Bear Grease. It's real bear fat mixed with bee's wax. Best stuff ever, warm your quiver a bit then rub it in!! Shawn

From: Sawtooth (Original) Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 09-Jul-18

Montana pitch blend seems like it would smell nice. I’m going to get some today and just try it. Although I normally just use mink oil or johnson paste wax.

From: Sailor
Date: 09-Jul-18

Another vote for Obenaufs. Easy to apply, great stuff.

From: Jimbob
Date: 09-Jul-18

Obenauf’s is the best. And it smells great!

From: unhinged
Date: 09-Jul-18

Obenauf's is the Poop! Use it on everything, except leather that needs softening, that gets Huberd's shoe oil. Obenauf's is so clean you can use it on chapped hands.

From: ny yankee
Date: 09-Jul-18

I keep a big ol' tub of Vaseline. Rub it in liberally and it will soak into leather. It will soften stiff dry leather and waterproof it. Good on boots, sheaths, straps, and general stiff dry leather. I like the darker color it gives too. Let is soak in for a while and wipe it down with a rag.

From: Bernie P.
Date: 10-Jul-18

Another MPB fan here.I use both the conditioner and dressing.

From: Thumper
Date: 10-Jul-18

I swung by Cabelas and picked up some Obenauf's Heavy Duty LP yesterday based on the recommendations here. I have to say, I'm impressed. Did my horsehide armguard, shooting glove, and a pair of boots. Smells like honey, haha.

Softened the armguard up very nicely, and it's a very stiff piece.

I like this stuff!

I previously used Mink Oil. It must be terrible, nobody seems to have mentioned it here, LOL

From: Ron LaClair
Date: 10-Jul-18

Leather guy Art Vincent says Canola oil

From: Riverwolf
Date: 10-Jul-18

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This is "Excellent" also.....

From: Penny Banks
Date: 10-Jul-18

I make my own out of Mineral Oil and Bee's Wax. Adjust the quantities for the job at hand.

From: nomo
Date: 10-Jul-18

The canola oil thing is probably right...Are you sure you want to put it in your body? Cotton seed oil will also tan leather because it makes a shellac on the leather. Wonder what it does to arteries? ;~)

From: Stealth2 Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member
Date: 10-Jul-18

I've been using Montana Pitch blend since it came out. I give my back quivers to coats each summer after heating them up outside. They look brand new and my Schulz quiver is from 1977

Date: 10-Jul-18

BIG BEAR's embedded Photo

I bought both to compare. I like the Foggy Mountain better..... made with bear fat.... what’s not to like about that....

From: Bowlim
Date: 10-Jul-18

Protective from what?

I select my leather to perform specific tasks. I don't want to harden stuff that was soft or soften stuff that is hard.

For stiff, presumably veg tan leather like that shown in a side quiver. It gets a good soaking in neetsfoot oil, then once that has hardened off, it gets wax. Bianchi holsters are finished in a hot bath of neets, you have to be sure it is the real stuff, which I believe Tandy is. If you start out with bridle leather like Nate does with his back quivers, or others do using lattigo, these leathers are heavily pre-impregnated with waxes and oils.

The various dressing are basically like shoe polish, the main ingredient is wax that has been reduced with a solvent. They are all similar, and the most important point is to keep up the protection. My preference isn't for any one product, but to have basic ingredients that will perform the same every time. Dressings that are better than simple fare, probably have something less desirable in them to soup up the performance, Something like silicon oil. But if it works with you, success is success.

From: Zbone
Date: 11-Jul-18

Once read a saddle maker said the best leather conditioner is mineral oil...

From: Ron LaClair
Date: 11-Jul-18

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This is the best stuff I have found. It will make old dried out leather like new again. Tandy leather sells it

From: Linecutter
Date: 11-Jul-18

As Ron LaClair said, Art Vincent recommends Canola Oil on his leather products if they start drying out or just needs touched up. Actually it is the only thing he recommends and has for years. DANNY

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