Obenauf's Heavy Duty LP

Obenauf's Heavy Duty LP

Obenauf's Heavy Duty LP is a leather preservative's leather preservative. It not only cleans and conditions your leather, it protects it in a way that satisfies real men whose boots go through hell and high water while fighting fires and floods, respectively. Supposedly, its secret is its suspended beeswax technology that gradually releases lubricant as the leather stretches and bends. All I know is that it doesn't taste like honey... at all.

Obenauf's Before-and-After Comparison

This stuff will change the color of your leather. How much and for how long seems to vary depending on the original finish. Personally, if it means getting a few more years out of a pair of boots, I'm willing to live with a little color morphing. The boot on the right has been treated with Obenauf's Heavy Duty LP, dried with a hair dryer, and let standing overnight. It's slightly darker and redder than its untreated twin, but its also cleaner and probably happier.

Boot Covered in Obenauf's

Feel free to lather it on generously. Use your bare hand to scoop up a dab and massage it into the leather. The conditioner will melt as you rub as long as your body temperature is around 98.6ºF (i.e. you're not dead). Don't be afraid of using too much. Later, you'll simply wipe off the excess that didn't get absorbed.

Boot Toe in Obenauf's

Use your finger to spread a nice bead over the seams and pay special attention to the sole. These areas are where the waterproofing qualities of LP will be most apparent. If you're diligent about getting all the Obenauf's you can get in there, you'll be rewarded with dry feet when you're standing in ankle-deep sewage.

Boot Heel in Obenauf's

Sure, you got the toes. But don't forget the heels.

Drying Obenauf's on Leather

After you've really rubbed it in, you can increase the leather's absorption of Obenauf's by applying some heat. Use a hairdryer in circular motions to make your boots suck up conditioner like Rachel Urchitel sucks... Tootsie Pops. Usually, you'll need to use a pretty high heat setting on the dryer, but be careful not to dwell in one area for too long or you'll scorch the leather. Keep going until everything is dry to the touch.

Boot Toe after Obenauf's Heavy Duty LP

Because you were sure to cake the seams of your boots in leather protector, you probably won't get it all to absorb. No problem. Take a clean cloth and wipe off the excess. You'll take a good amount of dirt and grime with it. All the better.

Boot after Obenauf's

There you have it. Your boots are good to go for another six months to a year. You can use some leather oil in between applications of Heavy Duty LP to further increase the durability of your leather's good looks.

Obenauf's on a Leather Jacket

Obenauf's isn't just for footwear. This is a Belstaff knock-off whose leather left something to be desired. The left side has been treated with Heavy Duty LP. The right side is pre-treatment. You can definitely see a color change going down, getting down. There's a whole lot of rhythm going round. We want the funk.

4 comments for 'Obenauf's Heavy Duty LP'

1. Hi! Great job! I think I have

Hi! Great job! I think I have accidentally applied too much leather oil on my Clark's. The other boot is darker than the other. Will it lighten in the next couple of days or is it permanent? Cheers!

2. If it does lighten, it will

If it does lighten, it will most likely take more than a couple of days. I say embrace it and make the other one just as dark! Sometimes, too much leather oil is not enough...

3. Thanks for the info. Dig the

Thanks for the info. Dig the boots in the pics. What brand and model? I need a pair.


4. Thanks! Those are Frye Belted

Thanks! Those are Frye Belted Harness 12r. You can check them out here.

They're great, and they're made in the USA.

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