Using the wrong waterproofing spray on your boots can definitely ruin them. You can end up with dark, spotty, and uneven spots on your boots.
To avoid ruining your boots when applying waterproofing spray or other products, make sure to use a high-quality spray that’s compatible with the leather type your boots are made of.
Purchase a waterproofing solution made by the manufacturer of your boots.
For example, if you bought a pair of boots from Timberland, use their line of leather treatment products.
Timberland’s Balm Proofer is an excellent choice. This product is very versatile. You can use it on cotton, polyester, canvas, leather, suede, nubuck, nylon, and fabric.
If you want to protect your UGGs against rain, snow, and dirt, use UGG’s line of products.
Equally important, don’t try to save money by buying cheap, low-quality boots.
Boots made of high-quality leather are more durable, strong, and cost-effective than cheap boots.
As a general rule of thumb, stay away from using cheap waterproofing products on your leather boots.
Leather has a degree of natural water resistance. If you’re not planning to walk in rain for hours on end, you don’t need to apply waterproofing spray on your boots.
If it pours, you’re better off with a pair of Wellington rubber boots anyway.
A waterproofing spray won’t replace waterproof footwear like rain boots.
If the damage is done and waterproofing spray already ruined your leather boots, you can try to darken them.
You can use mink oil to darken your boots all over and give them a more even darkening.
Keep in mind that mink oil will darken your leather permanently.
Not all leather tolerates waterproofing sprays
Some leather boots should not be given a waterproof treatment as the spray may ruin the finish.
Always read the product description of your boots to learn how to properly care for them.
Using the wrong products, especially waterproofing solutions can have irreversible effects.
Waterproofing sprays add a coating that’s extremely difficult to remove as it penetrates into the leather pores.
You know what they say: “Measure twice, cut once“.
Hope this helps.