Posted on: 21 August 2015
For the motorcyclist, boots, such as Gaerne boots, are essential to safe, comfortable riding. Boots take a lot of abuse from both riders and the environment, and that's why it's important to take time to prepare your boots for these threats. One essential item is protecting your boots from water intrusion. Boots that become waterlogged are uncomfortable, at best, and can become a significant threat to health and safety during cold weather. Fortunately, there is a simple, inexpensive process for keeping your boots waterproof, and it only takes a few minutes to perform; below is how to do it:
What you will need
- One-pound bag of all-natural, unscented beeswax pellets
- 13-ounce container of petroleum jelly
- Sauce pan
- Burner or stove
- Wooden spoon
- Glass container and lid
- Spray bottle with water
- Shoe brush
- Old towel
- Hair dryer
1. Remove dirt and debris from your boots - All dirt and debris should be removed from your boots before attempting to waterproof them; otherwise, the leather will not be able to adequately absorb the waterproofing compound. Use a shoe brush or other soft-bristled brush to remove dried mud and other materials from the boot. Be sure to clean crevices, such as those between the sole and upper part of the boot, and spray a small amount of plain water to help loosen stubborn debris. Wipe the boots down with a towel to remove excess moisture and materials. Allow the boot to air dry before proceeding to the next step.
2. Prepare the waterproofing compound - Pour the contents of a one-pound bag of purified beeswax pellets into a saucepan and begin heating it on a low setting. Stir the beeswax often to ensure even melting, and keep a close watch on the contents to ensure it doesn't catch fire.
Once the beeswax is melted, scoop the contents of a 13-ounce container of petroleum jelly into the pan and immediately stir it into the melted wax. Blend the two products together while continuing to keep the heat at a low setting. After the wax and petroleum jelly are evenly mixed, remove the saucepan from the heat.
Prepare a clean glass container, such as a jar or bottle, and use a funnel to transfer the melted contents of the pan to the container. Do not wait long after removing the pan from the heat, or you the melted oils will solidify and require reheating. Place a tight-fitting lid on the glass container to protect it from contamination.
3. Apply waterproofing compound to your boots - Once the waterproofing compound has solidified in its container, dip your fingertips into the container and use them to smear the compound onto your boots' flat surfaces. Rub using circular motions and leave a thin layer of compound on the boots once you are finished.
Next, dip a toothbrush into the container and use it to rub the waterproofing compound into the crevices on your boots. Do not place the compound on the rubber soles of your boots, or you may make them slippery. In addition, avoid introducing the compound into the interior of your boots.
4. Heat the boots with a hair dryer - After the entire exterior surfaces of the boots are covered with the waterproofing compound, you will need to heat them so the compound will be absorbed into the pores of the leather. Hold the boots with one hand and use the other hand to direct the hot air from a hair dryer directly onto the boot. Keep the tip of the hair dryer moving and be careful not to overheat it or the boots. Carefully watch the waterproofing compound to ensure it is absorbed during heating. At that point, you are finished, and your boots should be waterproof.
Please note that waterproofing is not a one-time process; it takes repeated applications over the lifespan of the boots to be effective, so repeat the process at least once per year or more often if the boots undergo heavy use. If the boots become soaked for any reason, always clean and dry them first, then reapply waterproofing compound to restore the integrity of the boots.Share