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    Care and feeding of a leather holster?

    I coughed up a bit of money for a Galco holster. How do I care for and maintain this holster properly?

    Also how do I get the belt straps to stop squeaking on my leather belt? When I walk around the house I sound like a BDSM version of the tin man.

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    I rub vaseline into leather every few months. It does a good job.
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    a BDSM version of the tin man
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    Different holster makers use different stuff on their holsters, I'd call or email & see what that recomend.

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    Saddle soap. Or like the previous post, call and ask.

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    The squeaking will go away as the holster breaks in. Galco has a section on their website on how to care for the holsters. They also normally include printed care instructions.

    http://www.usgalco.com/QA.asp

    Be careful with anything that will soften the leather too much, in particular Mink Oil and Neats foot is not recommended.
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    Yeah, Mint and Neats Oils are great on boots you wear in the field but a bad idea for holsters.

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    I use Obenauf's leather preservative. It has a slight stiffening effect as it is mostly composed of beeswax and tree resins. The packaging claims it was developed for wildlands firefighters' leather gear.

    Great to rejuvenate old leather, too ... plus it puts a protective coat on my gunbelts and holsters.
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    Saddle soap and regular shoe polish. The former cleans off your sweat. The latter protects and waterproofs with waxes.
    Vaseline is petroleum based. Not so good for leather.

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