Quantcast

best leather treatment?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Accessories, Holsters, and Optics' started by susieqz, Jun 5, 2015.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. Sunray

    Sunray Member

    Joined:
    May 17, 2003
    Messages:
    11,573
    Location:
    London, Ont.
    "...how smooth it has to be to use wax..." More about leaving tons of lint behind from the cloth.
    Neat foot oil is made from cow feet and bones. Made for conditioning, softening and preservative agent for leather. You don't want a soft holster. Causes the firearm to droop.
    Olive oil on leather will cause premature deterioration and oily spots that will not come out. Oil in general isn't good for leather.
    Net search 'Olive oil on leather'. 2.82 million pages arguing.
     
  2. susieqz

    susieqz Member

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2015
    Messages:
    736
    Location:
    high plains
    i read lots of those pages. for every person who say solive oil is bad, there is one that says it's good.
    no way to tell the truth just by reading.
     
  3. jhb

    jhb Member

    Joined:
    Oct 26, 2010
    Messages:
    743
    Location:
    dixie, but some call it florida
    Doesn't olive oil rot/go rank eventually?
     
  4. CraigC
    • Contributing Member

    CraigC Member

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2006
    Messages:
    17,892
    Location:
    West Tennessee
    Did you skip past the part where I said John Bianchi submerges his rigs in warm neatsfoot oil before finishing them?

    Folks have been using extra virgin olive oil on leather for centuries. It is PH balanced and no, it does not go rancid on your leather. At least those who've spent five or six decades using it on their leatherwork don't report it doing so.


    Sorry but this is pure nonsense, unfounded. Where'd you read that?

    There are lots of myths and old wives tales about leather that get passed around. Once you dig deeper, beyond the regurgitated gun shop tales, you start revealing the truth.
     
  5. susieqz

    susieqz Member

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2015
    Messages:
    736
    Location:
    high plains
    well, olive oil is what i had on hand. it sure made the leather pleasant to wear.
     
  6. CraigC
    • Contributing Member

    CraigC Member

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2006
    Messages:
    17,892
    Location:
    West Tennessee
    Just be sure to use extra virgin and a good brand. It has to be cold pressed or it can go rancid.

    So the pistol fits well?
     
  7. MartinS

    MartinS Member

    Joined:
    Oct 15, 2004
    Messages:
    817
    Nothing. It's new. If you're weak and just can't help yourself a little bit of Kiwi Neutral but you'll hate yourself in the morning.
     
  8. susieqz

    susieqz Member

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2015
    Messages:
    736
    Location:
    high plains
    i keep nothing but cold pressed extra virgin.. i wore the rig most of the day. the gun itself is very securely held. i need no strap. i may cut it off.
    yet, the gun slides out easy when i draw.
    that makes no sense but it's true.
     
  9. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2007
    Messages:
    59,076
    Location:
    Eastern KS
    I have used Crisco Pure Vegtable oil for initial oiling on vegetable tanned leather holsters & knife sheaths I have made for about 25 years.

    No, it doesn't rot or get rancid.

    An old Wyoming saddle maker told me about it years ago.
    His first job was re-bottling 55 gal drums of pure wegtable oil into 'magic' saddle oil that sold for about $5 and ounce.

    [​IMG]

    rc
     
  10. susieqz

    susieqz Member

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2015
    Messages:
    736
    Location:
    high plains
    how do you know if leather is 'vegetable tanned''?
     
  11. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2007
    Messages:
    59,076
    Location:
    Eastern KS
    Buying finished products, you don't know.

    The high quality hand boned fitted holsters are exclusively made of Vegetable tanned leather.
    Because that is all you can get as unfinished leather that can be wetted, cased, and hand tooled or molded to the gun.

    It comes devoid of any oil, and is almost white & dry as it comes.
    So it must be oiled to replenish the natural oils once the holster is complete.

    http://www.tandyleather.com/en-usd/search/searchresults/9048-309.aspx

    Chrome tanned leather is cheaper, and often used in inexpensive leather goods that will not be wet molded, and will often be finished with die & or lacquer.

    I would almost bet your 34.95 shoulder holster is Chrome tanned leather though.

    rc
     
  12. susieqz

    susieqz Member

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2015
    Messages:
    736
    Location:
    high plains
    well, it may be, if price is an indication.
    still, the quality of the leather n the stitching is good.
    i sure don't wanna wear that tactical crap on my body.
    your leather is very pretty.
    if you wanna make a tanker holster for my next gun come xmas, i'll place an order.
    i gotta have that front strap, tho.
     
  13. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2007
    Messages:
    59,076
    Location:
    Eastern KS
    Thanks, but I don't take orders.
    And seldom if ever make stuff for myself anymore.

    Old age has taken a toll in my hands.

    They would hurt for a month after hand stitching one of them there jobby-do's again.

    Rc
     
  14. Ramone

    Ramone Member

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2008
    Messages:
    813
    Location:
    Tidewater VA
  15. susieqz

    susieqz Member

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2015
    Messages:
    736
    Location:
    high plains
    thanks, ram. actual beeswax sounds best.
     
  16. TomADC

    TomADC Member

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2009
    Messages:
    1,493
    Location:
    Southern CA
  17. moxie

    moxie Member

    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2002
    Messages:
    3,069
    Location:
    Erath Co., TX
    It is. Like Malamute above, I prefer Sno-Seal on all my leather. I've got "Bean Boots" from the early '70s and holsters and sheaths from the '80s that I treat every blue moon with Sno-Seal. Even Bible covers! Still look like new.

    Just rub in a light coat with your fingers, then run a hair dryer over it lightly. When cool just rub and buff with an old undershirt/cotton cloth.

    The small size will last for many years. See:

    http://www.amazon.com/Sno-Seal-3-5-...sim_200_2?ie=UTF8&refRID=089SAS8GQJQFJSXM24A8
     
  18. Pete D.

    Pete D. Member

    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2010
    Messages:
    2,336
    lexol

    This ^^^^^. Lexol. The best.
     
  19. susieqz

    susieqz Member

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2015
    Messages:
    736
    Location:
    high plains
    i have both snoseal n lexol on my amazon wish list but i'm leaning toward beeswax with just enow olive oil to let me apply it.
    price isn't a consideration, just effectiveness.
     
  20. moxie

    moxie Member

    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2002
    Messages:
    3,069
    Location:
    Erath Co., TX
    The hairdryer method gets it down into the stitch holes and all the little crevices.
     
  21. CraigC
    • Contributing Member

    CraigC Member

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2006
    Messages:
    17,892
    Location:
    West Tennessee
    Folks need to keep in mind that the various oils and conditioners do one thing, waxes, shoe polish and Sno-Seal all do something completely different.
     
  22. 788Ham

    788Ham Member

    Joined:
    Sep 24, 2010
    Messages:
    3,206
    Location:
    Hills west of Denver
    ^^^^^ Better listen to this guy, have you ever seen any of his work? Top notch leather !
     
  23. susieqz

    susieqz Member

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2015
    Messages:
    736
    Location:
    high plains
    gotcha, craig . condition, then protect.
    that teeny amount of olive oil seems all the conditioner i need so i'll work on protection now.
    i went to your site n the leather is truly beautiful.
     
  24. Red Cent

    Red Cent Member

    Joined:
    May 20, 2010
    Messages:
    2,433
    Location:
    McLeansville, NC by way of WV SASS 29170L
    You folks need to visit some leather maker sites. What CraigC said works for a whole bunch of small business owners (like me) and some big names in the leather business.
    A modicum of NFs oil is all that's needed. Just wipe the leather down. Don't pour on the oil and rub it in. Contaminate a rag, then wipe on. Does it make the leather soft? Only if you use way too much oil. Just a light wipe on coat to restore the leather after tanning and, especially, if you have dyed the leather. Dye will make leather very stiff. Apply NFs before or after you dye.
    EVOO? Great stuff. Same application applies.
    We are talking conditioners here. Not water proofing or a sealer to prevent die getting on the clothes.
     
  25. JTQ

    JTQ Member

    Joined:
    Apr 6, 2009
    Messages:
    7,224
    Location:
    NW Florida
    I think visiting some of the leather maker sites is why there is some disconnect between your's and CraigC's advice and what you can find at the big name makers sites. Most of the leather maker sites I visit recommend not to put any oil or leather conditioner on their holsters. I'm not saying you're wrong, and I wouldn't even have mentioned it, but you brought up the suggestion to visit the leather maker's sites. I'll take your word for it, and if I had a holster from you or CraigC, I'd certainly follow your recommendation. However, I'll also follow the recommendations of the holster maker I buy from, and if they recommend something different, I'll listen to them.

    Kramer http://www.kramerleather.com/faq.cfm#q1
    Milt Sparks http://www.miltsparks.com
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice