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Thread: Holster maintenance

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    So, when your old holster starts to get a little too loose, can anything be done to tighten it up? I'd hate to have to search for a replacement for mine; I have an odd handgun and it took me a while to find it.

    While we're on the subject, what do you do to maintain your leather holsters without softening them up?

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    I unfortunatly do not yet have a leather holster but plan on getting one soon. I can tell you that I use a mild leather cleaner I purchased from Harley Davidson which works great on my black cowboy boots. I'm not sure how it would work on rawhide but I dont think it would be a problem. After I clean with the HD cleaner, I shine them up with Parade Gloss from the Kiwi company.

    I know boots arent holsters but I cant imagine the leather used is much different. Hope this helps.

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    Except that with boots you want the leather to get softer as you break them in. With a holster you want it to retain it's stiffness.

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    i've got a bianchi holster for my K frame. i got it already broken in, i just clean it with Lexol leather cleaner. its what i use on cars, works great.

    this is what the directions/care instructions say for my galco cop series. i abbreviated some of this stuff.

    DO:
    • regular clean leather product with galco leather lotion or use a hard bar of glycerin soap
    • allow to air dry naturally
    • reapplya light coat of leather conditionar to replace the natural oils of the leather.
    • holsters that come in contact with body perspiration on a regular basis may need to be treated as often as once a month, to slow down the natural breakdown of the leather fibers.

    DONT:
    • submerge or saturate leather product in water or any other product
    • dont dry in artifical heat or direct sunlight
    • dont use pure oils such as Neats Foot Oil as they will saturate and soften the leather too much
    • don't leave on dashboard

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