Leather glove treatment

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The Frightful

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Apr 21, 2020
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Ive just bought some lined leather gloves for winter and would like to protect them as much as possible, is dubbin an option to keep them in good, semi waterproof order ? Historically I have loathed wearing gloves due to lack of feel and grip but as the years advance comfort seems to be much more appealing! Any input gratefully received
 

Mowmow

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Jul 6, 2016
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I use some leather grease, I don't see dubbin doing any harm. Just takes some work to rub in. Also rub it in well to remove the slick surface for grip n what not. Im gonna treat mine with tallipoika leather grease (leather saddle grease) and dubbin myself.

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Robson Valley

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Nov 24, 2014
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I have endured more than 70 Canadian winters. I'm pretty good at it, -40C and warmer.

Really, really cold? Wear mittens with a leash cord up your sleeves to join them. Inuit style.
The more fancy beadwork the better.
Then when you have to take one off for dexterity, you never drop it in the snow.
My canvas-lined moose-hide mukluks are a dream to wear in cold and 24" or more snow.

Warmer like you? Lined gloves are nice. I have several pairs so some can dry while I wear others.
Several sprays with a silicone repellant is disappointing.
Anything waxy will soak in and discolor the leather, if that matters at all to you. Not to me.

Rain and melting wet snow will leach just about everything out of leather.
Hold them open, get them dried, THEN slop on the proofing into the dried leather.

All pairs of my unlined leather deerskin gloves are dirty on the fingers and palms. So be it.
Actually, this coming week will be wet snow, cold rain and probably -5C nights.
Time to dig out the flannel-lined blue jeans, too.
 

Billy-o

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Apr 19, 2018
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Canada
Dubbin will do. It is messy and sticky but fine. You might be better off just getting some leather dressing. I got a free sachet of wax from Hestra a while ago. Gone now, but when I orient myself better I am going to get a can of the stuff. It was good. Nikwax might be worth looking at. They got lots and lots of products, not just techwash :)
 

The Frightful

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Apr 21, 2020
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Essex
I use some leather grease, I don't see dubbin doing any harm. Just takes some work to rub in. Also rub it in well to remove the slick surface for grip n what not. Im gonna treat mine with tallipoika leather grease (leather saddle grease) and dubbin myself.

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Never even knew leather grease existed ! Will give it a go cheers
 

The Frightful

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Apr 21, 2020
281
42
Essex
I have endured more than 70 Canadian winters. I'm pretty good at it, -40C and warmer.

Really, really cold? Wear mittens with a leash cord up your sleeves to join them. Inuit style.
The more fancy beadwork the better.
Then when you have to take one off for dexterity, you never drop it in the snow.
My canvas-lined moose-hide mukluks are a dream to wear in cold and 24" or more snow.

Warmer like you? Lined gloves are nice. I have several pairs so some can dry while I wear others.
Several sprays with a silicone repellant is disappointing.
Anything waxy will soak in and discolor the leather, if that matters at all to you. Not to me.

Rain and melting wet snow will leach just about everything out of leather.
Hold them open, get them dried, THEN slop on the proofing into the dried leather.

All pairs of my unlined leather deerskin gloves are dirty on the fingers and palms. So be it.
Actually, this coming week will be wet snow, cold rain and probably -5C nights.
Time to dig out the flannel-lined blue jeans, too.
Thanks for your imput, had looked at silicone but now won't bother. Big minus temps are a rarity for me as in southern England, reading your reply has given me glove envy! Good call re the cord though, will put eyelets on them. Takes me back to when my nan sewed elastic to my mittens as a little kid, cheers
 

The Frightful

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Apr 21, 2020
281
42
Essex
Dubbin will do. It is messy and sticky but fine. You might be better off just getting some leather dressing. I got a free sachet of wax from Hestra a while ago. Gone now, but when I orient myself better I am going to get a can of the stuff. It was good. Nikwax might be worth looking at. They got lots and lots of products, not just techwash :)
Im sure i have a tin of nikwax somewhere will have to dig it out, now wishing id bought more pairs to try out different methods :( cheers
 

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