Gear: boot grease


boot grease

Obenauf's boot grease
Category: Turnout & Duty Gear
Subcategory: Boots
Price: $19.99
Average Rating:
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Obenauf's Heavy Duty LP is a leather preservative produced by Marv Obenauf, an Idaho wildland firefighter. The stuff is made from a beeswax/propolis formula that Obenauf developed. Propolis, he says, is a tree resin with anti-bacterial properties, so the formula provides a durable barrier against chemicals and resists bacteria and mildew. Obenauf was a firefighter for 31 years, and says he ruined quite a few expensive boots before they had a chance to wear out. He went looking for a product that would protect his boots from heat, retardant, and the lye formed from wet ashes. He couldn't find what he was looking for. Most of the leather cleaners and preservatives on the market were designed to repel water or just soften the leather. "They were very temporary and would slough off or dissipate when subjected to heat or scuffing," he says. "Some used chemicals that caused irreparable damage to the leather fibers. The consensus was that the only way to protect our boots against such elements was to stay out of those conditions, as we were baking the leather and literally cooking our boots in lye." link to the whole story! (

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  • Daryl_max30
    blancogold67, Mon, 26 Jan 2009 04:52:44 UTC.
    1st review

    I use only OBENAUF'S!!
    It's the best!!!
    I ask if you can't put a product on your skin, why do you want to put it on your boots?

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