View Full Version : What do you treat your leather holsters and belts with to keep them happy?

April 23, 2008, 11:26 PM
What do you you all put on your leather holsters and belts to protect them and otherwise keep them happy and looking good? Black shoe polish comes to mind as suitable, but I've always found that there is a little bit of polish that comes off on my pants no matter how vigorously I buff and polish. I'd rather not have that black polish come off on my pants and shirts.

A clear shoe polish seems like it might be the ticket. Anyone know of any other special polish/creams?

April 24, 2008, 05:26 AM
Pledge furniture polish.
It will keep the shape & firmness of the leather without softening it so it deforms.

April 24, 2008, 03:05 PM
I use clear shoe polish and buff the holster. Here's a pic of a Simply Rugged Silver Dollar buffed just a bit. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v736/dairycreek/SILVERDOLLARRETOUCHED.jpg

April 25, 2008, 09:28 AM
Depending on the climate and usage situations (wet / dry), leather will dry out over time and may begin cracking at some point. The trick is to find something that keeps the leather healthy without making it too soft. In the old days people used to use neatsfoot oil, but that will soften the leather over time and probably not what you want. You might try visiting a riding apparel store and see what they suggest for saddles and other leather products that would protect the leather without making it soft and losing its shape. As for wear spots where the color needs to be restored, you may be stuck with something like shoe polish, but buff the heck out of it after applying the polish to remove any residue that would rub off on clothes and car seats.

My 2 cents worth.

April 25, 2008, 11:06 AM
Johnsons wax

April 26, 2008, 05:47 AM
Lexol. It's made for leather.
I use that on the knife sheaths I make.


April 27, 2008, 02:05 AM
I've never polished my gun leather, even when my duty stuff was leather. Its functionality, not appearance for me. Besides, if you carry concealed, no ones going to see it but you. For functionality, I use Leather Lightning on my newer holsters til they break in:


April 27, 2008, 09:00 AM
I love to use Sno Seal an all my leather. Slings, Holsters, Boots and everything else. Its a bees wax waterproofing paste that works great. All you have to do is heatup the leather a little with a hair dryer and rub it in. It also keeps it from dry rotting. The downfall is that it darkens the leather a bit but my opinion is the look is great. And it lasts 3 times longer than mink oil or greases.

JP Sarte
April 28, 2008, 10:32 PM
Galco makes a leather treatment like "lotion". It is about $8.00 for a small bottle but I have found that it lasts quite a long time. Use very little because too much can make your leather too soft.


April 29, 2008, 07:36 PM
Saddle soap.

May 1, 2008, 06:57 PM
"Neutral" shoe polish.

Be careful with what you use. Products like mink oil will turn the holster into a limp piece of leather, vaguely resembling a holster.

May 1, 2008, 07:31 PM
I like obernauf's. Its honey-based and I use it on all my leather, belts, holsters, wallets, etc.

May 1, 2008, 08:11 PM
Kiwi shoe polish the color of the holster/belt. Then buff.
Once a year I rub the interior with Rosen's Leather Lightning. I think Galco makes something simalar that is cheaper. My buddy uses silicone.

May 10, 2008, 01:55 PM
Absolutely nothing.

Suggest contacting holster maker for acceptable products.