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How to Apply



Heavy Duty LP

Approximately every six to eight weeks, condition your boots lightly. Apply by hand as body temperature helps melt it into the leather. Two applications will last much longer in severely wet conditions.



Leather Oil

Apply Obenauf’s Leather Oil using the provided applicator dauber. For larger items use a clean cloth. When treating furniture, apparel, or larger leather items, work from one corner and gradually cover the entire surface with an equal amount of oil.


Test first in a small, inconspicuous area to be sure you are pleased with the effect. Your leather may darken. Migration of oil through all fiber layers may take 7 days to show actual final color. Penetration will vary as leather density varies considerably in different areas due to thickness, dryness, and texture. Also, absorption depends on what finish has been put on the leather and what products have been applied previously.


The recommended approach is to apply one treatment at room temperature. Wait 1 hour for proper absorption, and buff to remove any excess oil. You may apply a second application.


Water Shield

Obenauf’s Water Shield waterproofs most fabrics. It can be used on leather as an extra protection. Apply after Obenauf’s Heavy Duty LP or Obenauf’s Leather Oil.


Shake the bottle vigorously. Holding the bottle 6 to 12 inches away from the surface, spray in an even back and forth pattern. Two to four applications may be required. Waterproofing improves and lasts longer with multiple applications. Allow 1 hour between treatments.


Leather Care Guidelines

  • For maximum protection on boots, a second application of Heavy Duty LP may be applied for severely wet conditions.
  • Test carefully in an inconspicuous area if darkening is a concern.
  • Do not saturate any leather when using the Leather Oil.
  • Melt the LP for easier application.
  • Be Cool! Temperatures over 100 degrees can harm your leather. Never heat in an oven or near a fire.
  • Remove mud before it dries and draws the oils out.
  • It’s better to apply a liberal protective coating of LP prior to exposure rather than trying to restore leather after it is damaged.
  • Old Firefighter’s Trick: Set your boots in a plastic bag in the sun after applying Heavy Duty LP.
  • Oil your leather before storing it to avoid dry rot, premature cracking, mold, mildew, and bacterial growth.