September 15, 2006, Newsletter Issue #31: Recipe for Waterproofing Leather

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Are you looking for tips on waterproofing leather? There are a number of leather waterproofing products on the market, but if you don't want to spend the money or just feel like experimenting with something new, here's two down-home recipes for waterproofing that you might like to try. Recipe one: Heat equal parts neatsfoot oil, paraffin oil and beeswax in a low temperature pot. Heat and stir until emulsified, and let cool. Application: Always apply when warm to leather project. Brush or dab on. Apply sparingly and let stand for 10 minutes before handling. Leather will darken slightly. Recipe two: Heat gently equal parts vaseline and paraffin oil and mix thoroughly. Apply above, must be warm. Leather will darken slightly. A slight greasy feeling will be apparent for a few days. *When working in cold temperatures, warm up both the leather project and the above compounds when applying.

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