Waterproofing Wax for Leather Liquid

High performance waterproofer designed to revitalise breathability and maintain suppleness for all smooth leather items. Easy to apply by hand, non flammable and PFC free.

For waterproofing footwear
  • Easy to use high performance wax for all smooth leather footwear

  • Adds water repellency, maintains support and revives breathability

  • Enhances the performance of your footwear, keeping your feet warmer and drier

  • Recommended for Gore-Tex® and eVent®, Sympatex ® and all other waterproof leather footwear

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High performance waterproofer designed to revitalise breathability and maintain suppleness for all smooth leather items. Easy to apply by hand, non flammable and PFC free.

For waterproofing footwear

Why support and breathability depend upon water repellency…

The comfort of waterproof footwear is dependent on it supporting feet and being breathable. The structure of leather and therefore the level of support it provides is maintained by tanning agents.

When leather absorbs water, it softens and tanning agents are lost. Subsequently, the leather is stiffer when it dries and therefore prone to splitting. Also, when leather gets wet the breathability of footwear is impaired, giving you damp feet.

Therefore, it’s essential that the Durable Water Repellency (DWR) of your footwear is maintained. Eventually DWR will wear off and need to be renewed with Nikwax Waterproofing Wax for Leather.

Regular maintenance of leather helps it work better for longer…

Leather is hardwearing, breathable and provides a high level of support, making it an ideal material for footwear construction. During leather production, tanning agents are added to maintain the structure of leather and prevent microbial growth. If leather becomes wet its breathability will be reduced, leading to wet feet from condensation. Also, when leather absorbs water, tanning agents are lost. Nikwax Waterproofing Wax for Leather provides instant Durable Water Repellency (DWR), stopping leather from absorbing water and ‘wetting out’ while maintaining breathability. It replenishes tanning agents to maintain the support of leather footwear without over-softening. Additionally, Nikwax Waterproofing Wax for Leather black restores colour and reduces scuff and abrasion marks.

Use Nikwax Waterproofing Wax for Leather when your footwear soaks up water…

Your footwear could be soaking up water just because it is dirty. First, try cleaning it with Nikwax Footwear Cleaning Gel, and if it is fairly new, or recently re-waterproofed, the Durable Water Repellency (DWR) will be revitalised just from cleaning. But, once the footwear has been thoroughly worn you will need to add DWR by using Nikwax Waterproofing Wax for Leather.

Cleaning properly can be as important as waterproofing…

Using the right cleaning product is as important as using the right waterproofing product. Conventional detergents leave behind a thin water-absorbent film on materials, which masks their water repellency. Therefore, always clean your waterproof footwear with Nikwax Footwear Cleaning Gel. Remember that dirt itself works against water repellency, so regular cleaning will enhance performance.

How to use Nikwax Waterproofing Wax for Leather

For best results clean footwear using Nikwax® Footwear Cleaning Gel.

  1. Protect work area. Shake well before use.
  2. Press sponge applicator to break seal. Apply to wet leather.
  3. After 2-3 minutes remove surplus with a cloth.
  4. Buff with a damp cloth to shine.

Note: May darken leather. Test on a hidden area first. Nikwax Waterproofing Wax for Leather™ will convert nubuck to a smooth waxy finish.

Always allow footwear to dry naturally...
  • Leave footwear to dry at room temperature.
  • Paper can be stuffed into the toes to absorb excess moisture, this should be replaced when wet.
  • Keep footwear away from fires and radiators, drying too quickly can crack leather and cause bonded soles to peel.
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