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PostPosted: 14 Apr 2017, 14:24 
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Boot Treatment

Recently we have had a couple of incidents of boot care gone wrong- it appears some people cared too much for their boots. The modern trend to throw everything away after it has been used a dozen times has made "maintenance" an alien concept to many members of the younger generation. Add to that the plethora of imbeciles and pranksters on Youtube (drill an auxiliary port in your iPhone 7) and there should be no surprises anymore. At least no one has microwaved them- or not that we have heard anyway.

WWII leather boots were all designed to be treated with some form of waterproofing product. Most were some form of beeswax, animal fat, or petroleum product and most armies issued these to their troops. Treating boots was part of one's duties just like polishing them and cleaning weapons.

In an attempt to make this a little easier we are now including a free 7 oz can of Sno-seal or Huberd's with all of our US made boots. They are pretty equivalent products with each having their own fans. I prefer Sno-seal since it's a paste and thus easier to work with. Huberd's is like syrup and makes a bigger mess. I made a "None" option in case someone feels that we are treading on their freedom in some way or they have a moral objection to exploiting bees for their wax.

I have been wearing a pair of the roughout service shoes almost daily since last September. I have treated them twice with Snoseal (it's probably time for a third) and
they are comfortable, supple and water repellent. Even if you only wear them mostly indoors (office work, school etc), especially the roughout leather boots need the initial treatment, otherwise they will stain very easily.

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1. No extra junk. The only thing needed is sealer. Both Sno-seal and Huberd's seal and protect the leather. There is no need for anything else like mink oil, saddle soap, neetsfoot oil etc..Just clean the mud and grime off when needed, and re-treat.

2. No Heat: To dry any leather boots, do not put them next to a flame, heating vent, in an oven or clothes dryer. (Has happened repeatedly.) Air dry only- you can stuff newspaper in them to help speed it up a bit. Heat = dried out and ultimately cracked, shrunken, and destroyed boots.

3. No soaking: Several budding rocket scientists have actually immersed their entire boots in buckets of Neetsfoot or, in one case, olive oil. Why dog, why? That's just NO.

4. Water won't kill them. A few individuals seemed to think that their boots would melt(?) if they got wet. They didn't answer when I asked if they thought wars were put on hold when it rained. Water is fine. They will dry out. Field soldiers spend most of their time wet and cold anyway.

5. Boots are mortal, but if you take care of them, they can last a long time. Soles and heels will wear but can be replaced.

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PostPosted: 27 Apr 2017, 23:05 
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Bij Roughout boots gebruik ik Rapide, de gelige;
https://www.google.nl/search?q=rapide+l ... =770#spf=1

LET OP: als je oude ongebruikt Franse buckle boots hebt zijn ze vaak van droog leer.
Dan eerst behandelen op de zelfde manier waarop je je eigen droge huid verzorgd. Daar smeer je geen vet op maar een hydraterend middel zoals after-sun.
Dus eerst regelmatig hydrateren totdat het leer weer soepel word en dan pas met leervet om ze waterafstotend te maken.

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