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#1 tidriver

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Posted December 25 2015 - 04:15 PM

anyone have any good experience with waterproofing products on their timberlands?
I remember back in college I used some sort of silicone spray on my timberlands back then and the stuff really didn't work that well. Although that was 30yrs ago, so I imagine newer stuff must have gotten better.
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Posted December 25 2015 - 04:21 PM

I used the KIWI brand silicone spray. Several coats, allowing each to soak in. It dries odor-free, but it takes a while.
I think it "fails" where it can't work on shoes (lace holes, mesh panels, etc.) but otherwise holds up well.

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Posted December 25 2015 - 04:24 PM

I thought all Timberlands were waterproof. All mine are. The boots get wet but don't leak. That aside I've used liquid silicone and Nikwax brushed on. Both keep the nubuck from soaking up water. The silicone is discouraged by some manufacturers (may break down boot materials). Nikwax is water based so no danger in that. Both may darken the nubuck.

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Posted December 27 2015 - 08:22 AM

i used bee wax

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Posted December 27 2015 - 08:39 AM

There are a bunch of new waterproofing coatings out on the market but they all leave schmutz on your boots, and scotchgard isn't sold anymore AFIAK. If you have new Timberlands that are the dark, waxy kind of brown, those are already impregnated with some sort of (likely silicone based) sealer, that usually lasts me about six months. My boots only last about nine before they are completely shot, so I havent had to do much except occasionally use one of those silicone sponges on them since I work in an environment where my boots are regularly exposed to MDF dust and cement and grout dust, which dries out the leather pretty badly.
Honestly I've got no idea what '"Nubuck" is.

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Posted December 27 2015 - 09:32 AM

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Posted January 02 2016 - 03:23 PM

I always thought timberlands were waterproof myself. But I asked a salesperson at the store and his reply was they were water resistant and not water proof. Being that my timberlands are several years old, I really don't think they even repel water that well anymore. thus the question of what I can use. Nubuck is the leather they use on timberlands, sort of like short fiber suede.

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Posted January 02 2016 - 04:09 PM

I always thought timberlands were waterproof myself. But I asked a salesperson at the store and his reply was they were water resistant and not water proof. Being that my timberlands are several years old, I really don't think they even repel water that well anymore. thus the question of what I can use. Nubuck is the leather they use on timberlands, sort of like short fiber suede.


Like I said you can brush on silicone waterproofing or use NikWax to prevent the leather soaking up any water. But which model Timberlands do you have? The classic nubuck 6" boots are listed as waterproof at the Timberland site.




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