Waterproof Clarks Desert Boots with Sno-Seal

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I purchased a pair of the classic Clarks Desert boots in beeswax leather, and decided I better waterproof them.

I searched a few forums for the best leather waterproofing product, and Sno-Seal seemed to be mentioned the most with good reviews. It’s an all natural product made of beeswax, and doesn’t have a chemical smell, which is a big plus.

Here are some shots of the boots before the waterproofing:

One thing to keep in mind about the Sno-Seal is that it will darken the leather, but that wasn’t something I was concerned about.

The process was mostly straightforward. I preheated my oven to the lowest temperature, and put one boot in at a time for a few minutes. The heat allows the Sno-Seal to be absorbed into the leather. You could also use a hairdryer, or any other type of heat source. When I took one boot out of the oven to apply the Sno-Seal, I put the other one in. When applying the Sno-Seal make sure to use a lot around the seam of the boot- really apply it liberally. I ended up doing two coats. On the final coat it’s really important to wipe off all the excess beeswax with a soft rag. It may be necessary to heat the boots up a final time to get all the excess off.

Here are some shots of the boots after the waterproofing:

Overall, I’m happy with how they turned out. I think the darker color looks good, and the waterproofing definitely works, as you can see:

Bring on the water!

 

5 thoughts on “Waterproof Clarks Desert Boots with Sno-Seal

  1. Kaden
    September 27, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    This is exactly the information I was looking for, thanks.

  2. Russell
    May 4, 2014 at 5:22 am

    Guess I got lucky. I bought a pair last summer and decided to seal them for the winter and just happened to have a can of snow-seal lying around. Works wonders but they’ll definitely need a new coat and some TLC soon. Your pair work well through the winter?

    1. Ian
      May 14, 2014 at 10:13 pm

      Nice! Yeah, they worked fine. The winters are pretty mild where I’m at on the east coast. Mine could probably use a new coat too though.

  3. Chris
    May 18, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    How did you clean them before applying Sno Seal?

    1. Ian
      May 30, 2014 at 9:45 pm

      Chris, mine were actually pretty much brand new when I applied the Sno-Seal, so I never did clean them. You could probably just use a damp cloth though.

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