This tutorial covers how to apply otter wax leather salve. This all-natural salve provides Otter Wax’s deepest level of conditioning to all types of leather.
Aside from black leather, please note that darkening will occur, as is typical with any kind of treatment. This will fade over time, but it's important to remember that leather in any form is an extension of you. It doesn't matter whether it's a couch, a pair of boots, or a jacket; leather is always going to evolve as it ages. Yes, treating your leather will change how it looks, but our goal is to help leather age well so that it lasts for many years to come.
Before applying leather salve, you'll want to make sure that your leather is clean so that the pores of the leather will be able to evenly absorb this treatment (we recommend saddle soap). This treatment can be used on leather in any condition, since the leather is only going to absorb as much oil and nutrients as its pores have room for.
Once applied, any additional salve that can't be absorbed by the leather will create a cloudy layer of wax when the treatment has dried. A cloudy layer of wax indicates that the leather is fully saturated, and once the treatment has dried this can be buffed clear to help seal in oils and nutrients as well as provide a layer of protection.
Leather salve is an excellent way to introduce a large amount of oils and nutrients to the leather. It's a thick paste that once applied, will take a bit longer to soak into the leather. When applied in larger quantities, it also has the additional benefit of providing the extra layer of wax for added protection. The application process also takes a little longer and requires a bit more effort to ensure even coverage. On the other hand, leather oil provides a quick and nourishing treatment that also gives the leather a bit more shine, but needs to be applied more frequently because it doesn't get sealed in with the layer of wax like our leather salve. If leather oil is applied frequently, you might find that your leather rarely needs the deep conditioning that our leather salve provides.