Gun Leather Maintenence


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blaisenguns
April 11, 2013, 11:53 PM
hi guys, I just bought a Bianchi shoulder rig, and I was wondering what would be best to put on this holster to keep the leather moist? Would using automotive products such as Lexol, or Mothers be ok?

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JTQ
April 12, 2013, 12:03 AM
You don't want a "moist" or soft holster.

Here is what High Noon recommends for holster care.

http://www.highnoonholsters.com/_Questions/_questions.html#17

Milt Sparks says basically the same (you've got to look for it in the questions section, though) http://www.miltsparks.com

dwstone1227
April 12, 2013, 10:06 PM
Lexol is the best leather conditioner I have used.

The Lone Haranguer
April 12, 2013, 10:32 PM
Don't overthink it. A concealed holster just isn't exposed to the elements. Wipe it off every so often with dry or at most lightly moistened cloth if it gets dusty. You don't want dust or grit on the inside, so take the cloth and (if the holster is open-bottomed) pull it through the holster like a bore snake.

dfariswheel
April 13, 2013, 12:26 AM
Most holster makers will tell you that the best possible leather treatment is a coat of a good wax.

You can use neutral shoe wax, Johnson's Paste Wax, or the high grade Renaissance Hard Carnuba Museum wax.
NO CAR WAX.

Don't put leather dressings or oils on a modern holster. These will soften the leather and cause it to stretch out of shape, ruining it.
You use these treatments on boots, saddles, gloves, and the old time Western holsters made by saddle makers, all of which are intended to be soft and flexible.

Modern holsters are intended to be very firm to the point of stiffness.

bigfatdave
April 13, 2013, 09:15 AM
I use Obenauf's
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002X520S/
(not an endorsment of Amazon, although I did order mine from Amazon prime most recently)
BeltMan has it as well, last I checked it was the smaller container and free shipping.

Smells good, goes on by hand easily, and keeps leather stiff. Original use was wildlands firefighting gear.

buckhorn_cortez
April 13, 2013, 11:16 AM
I use Obenauf's
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002X520S/
(not an endorsment of Amazon, although I did order mine from Amazon prime most recently)
BeltMan has it as well, last I checked it was the smaller container and free shipping.

Smells good, goes on by hand easily, and keeps leather stiff. Original use was wildlands firefighting gear.

I've used Obenauf's for nearly 15 years. You could use the Heavy Duty LP lightly applied. You do not want to soften holster leather as a modern holster needs to be stiff as it will lose retention if the leather is softened and becomes flexible. Leather oils will soften leather and ruin the holster.

You could apply a light coat of Obenauf's Heavy Duty LP rubbed with a cloth once or twice a year that should not soften leather like leather oil.

A better product for holsters is Atsko Sno-Seal. Sno-Seal is a beeswax compound that contains no oils and is specifically formulated for preserving leather without softening.

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