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After years of neglect I’m dragging out my leather holsters and wiping them down with neatsfoot oil. There still playable, not stiff or hard yet but I want them a tad softer. My leather hip holsters and leather shoulder holsters are getting attention. Just some Christmas time maintenance, every year at this time I take everything out of the safe, give it a wipe down and silicone treatment and put them asleep again.

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Soft (quality) holsters are not good holsters. Wipe them down with Renaissance wax.

They will still be light years softer than Kydex holsters.
 

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You could get away with that on shapeless leather holsters, but all your modern molded holsters should not be oiled for reasons stated above.

I have freshened they up with shoe polish before, as well as Turner slings dressing.
 

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Milt Sparks recommends Renaissance Wax, I've used it for years.
 

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You have room in the safe for Holsters, lol.

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Saddle soap and "neutral" shoe polish.
 

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Milt Sparks recommends Renaissance Wax, I've used it for years.
+1. If you haven't discovered Ren Wax yet, you should. You'll find a ton of uses for it and a can will last you forever...so don't let the price scare you away.

Beyond that I would be very careful with what you treat holsters with. Anything that makes them softer is no bueno IMO.
 

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Milt Sparks recommends Renaissance Wax, I've used it for years.
I have a can of this but never used it on holsters. What does it do to them?
 

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Not only does the information apply to holsters but some leather boots and shoes as well. Especially if you're not interested in darkening the leather.


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Bought some old (80’s) IPSC holster rigs on ebay, one has some slight greenish oozing around rivets , saddle soap for them too ? I’ve never used that stuff before.
 

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Yes, saddle soap for them too. That green stuff is called "verdi gris" (Latin for "green stuff") and it's caused by chemicals left in the leather from the tanning process reacting with the metal in the hardware. A small scrub brush and water will remove it. I would never ever use anything that can soften leather on a holster. Saddle soap contains lanolin which was present in the leather when it was on an animal and lanolin is what it needs - not oils or waxes. If you really want a soft holster then buy a nylon one. I would also never store leather hoksters in your gun safe. They will absorb and hold moisture and cause your guns to rust. Store them away from your guns.
 

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I've never put anything on my holsters except Kiwi Neutral Paste. They still look like new. But I have heard that everyone that has used it likes the Renaissance Wax.
 

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Having been a shine boy when I was a preteen, saddle soap and neutral kiwi shoe polish are best. Make sure you use a soft brush when soaping up. Wipe with a soft cloth. Allow to dry then polish French style, rub fast and hard to build up the heat and get the wax to melt into the leather.
 
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