How to Waterproof Leather Without Changing Its Color

How to Waterproof Leather Without Changing Its Color


Brandon: Howdy, folks! This is Brandon, and
I wanted to make a quick video about how to waterproof a pair of colored leather boots,
like this pair right here. These are new pair of boots that I got and as you can see, they’re
not dark brown, they’re not black, they’re kind of a lighter brown, almost a grayish
looking color. And the problem that many of you have come
to realize, I’m sure, is that if you use many of the commercial waterproofing products on
the market, you’re going to destroy your boots. You’re either going to make them white and
crusty or really, really, really dark black. Particularly, if you use something like NeverWet.
We’ve all heard stories about NeverWet. I even created an entire video talking about
how horrible NeverWet is. But there are many other products that you
can use to waterproof leather that will actually destroy them. So I set out to try and find
something that’s going to at least make this water resistant, that doesn’t destroy them
and I believe I found it. What I’d like to use is the Kiwi Boot Protector. Now, it’s
not foolproof, but it does make your boots water repellent as long as you put it on correctly.
So I’m going to show you really quickly how to put it on correctly. Once you’ve cleaned your boots with the horsehair
brush, be sure to take off the shoelaces, because you don’t want to get this product
on the shoelaces. Once your shoes are free from the shoelaces, make sure that you stand
back between seven and ten feet or so, and then lightly spray one coating all over the
boots. In my opinion, I’ve found better success by going in one direction whenever possible.
Try not to put my fingers on the boots while this substance is being coated on to it because
you don’t want to leave fingerprints. Now you are going to notice that while you’re
coating your leather boots, they will look noticeably darker and it will scare you. It
scared me. I thought I had ruined these boots because I didn’t test it beforehand as I probably
should have, but it happened to dry fine. So don’t worry about them looking too dark
just yet. Apply the first coat. Then you’re going to want to wait four hours, bring them
back, and apply another thin coating. I think the success to using this spray is
to not put it on too thick. One thin coat, once. Then let it dry for four hours, then
one other thick coat on top of that, and you’re going to get the best results. Then you’re
going to want to wait 48 hours. Yes, that’s two whole days. I know it’s a long time to
wait, but trust me, it’s worth it. You really don’t have to use these tomorrow or the next
day. So once you apply it, wait two whole days.
After I let my boots dry for two whole days, I tested the waterproof functionality of it,
and as you can see from this video, it worked remarkably well. Now, there’s some leather
cladding on the bottom of my shoes that I didn’t spray with it, and it did absorb some
of the moisture and stained them. However, everywhere where I applied this spray, left
my boots completely unmarked. It made my boots extremely hydrophobic, and it literally repelled
water droplets, just like you see in the NeverWet videos. Well, maybe not just like you see
but nearly enough. The nice thing is that by using the Kiwi Boot
Protector, I didn’t damage the color of my boots. Here’s a before shot before I applied
the boot protector, and here’s an after shot. Now, there is a slight difference. It’s a
little bit glossier, and maybe just a tiny bit darker, but it’s so small and minor that
you really can’t tell. Certainly, no one who could ever see the before shot would know
that these boots have changed in any way. It’s extremely small, the change, if any,
at all. So there you have it ladies and gentlemen,
a really short video on the product that I’ve finally found to make my boots water repellent
without ruining them. The Kiwi Boot Protector for leather happened to work really well.
It didn’t change the color of my boots, and I now have a pair of nice-looking chuck of
boots that I can use in the fall and weather without worrying about ruining them. Let me
know what you used in the description or in the comments of this video if you don’t use
the Kiwi Boot Protector, and thanks for subscribing.

32 thoughts on “How to Waterproof Leather Without Changing Its Color

  1. Dr. Martens has a good product too. It helps the leather with scuffs while helping it with water resistance. -CaptainMaximov

  2. Great vid. I believe this is 80-90%OMS and 10-20%Silicone. Similar to tent and tarp waterproofing. I'm trying to find a solution for lycra however. Racing 100+ KM in cold rain is very soul sapping….

  3. can you polish your boots after you apply it or before? will the polish affect the results of the product?

  4. I searched for leather waterproofing and I clicked on this without noticing who made it, so I was very pleasantly surprised when Oxhorn popped up.

  5. Nice movie I think. However you should take instructions from woodprix website if you want to learn how to make it easily.

  6. Booooo! I thought you were going to bring out horse oil or lexol or some kind of pecards or Smith's leather balm, but kiwi spray! Ew ugh!

  7. I need a product that will be durable, I have ariat work boots and I put them in the harsh Minnesota winter and their soaked, when I oil them I pressure wash them at 2500 psi with scalding hot water, take it down to bare leather, I put coloring in, then conditioner, then mink oil (its like a white paste) then my boot barn water proof spray, after 2 hours of working In the snow and frozen dirt, and when the basement is dug its just normal material my socks are totally soaked and I feel like my toes will have to be amputated due to frostbite, any suggestions on what to use to make them extremely tough to the weather? (I have snow boots but I just wanna know what to do with my leather boots)

  8. So lets say I waterproof some shoes and it turns dark,will it be like that forever or it will turn back in a short time?

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