Wellies and silicone spray

VioletStripe

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I am a self-confessed apathetic umm..lemon? I am awful at taking care of tack and boots...

I bought some lovely Aigle wellies (eye-wateringly expensive, too) a few months ago, which I absolutely love. I was warned when I bought them I need to buy their protective silicone pray alongside. Needless to say, I rolled my eyes and didn't. Please, no judgement.

Now I really think I ought to - the guilt is killing me. However, the Aigle and Le Chameau branded stuff seems sillily pricey? What does everyone else use?

My mum suggested either mane and tail conditioner or furniture polish... Anyone have any experience?

Cheers!
 

Meredith

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I can remember many many years ago some one ( not me ) using spray silicone furniture polish on Stylo rubber boots.
Someone spent the day with their legs sliding back and forth.
 

Widgeon

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What would you be protecting them against?
I've had my Aigle wellies for 15yrs and all the care they've had is a rinse under the tap.
Yes, I've had mine three years and a few times a year I mop all the mud off them, wipe them down, coat them in olive oil and put them out of reach of the dog overnight....! I'd never heard of silicon spraying them.
 

Quigleyandme

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I had a pair of those very expensive French leather lined rubber riding boots for hunting in terrible weather and I was advised to use that stuff people use to make car tyres look new. I think it is called Armour All or something like that.
 

MuddyMonster

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I have Le Chameau's and if it helps, have literally never sprayed them with anything! I rarely hose them off unless they are particularly vile (and I have low standards) and have lasted years.
 

Farmer Chalk

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The only thing you really need to do to look after them is rinse them after use....and do not leave them on the doorstep!
The UV rays will destroy them and make them perish super quick! Keep them inside when not in use and out of direct sunlight!
 

Orchardbeck

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Hunter make a spray that is £5 as opposed to the £10 Aigle one, not sure how they compare size wise though. I've had my bottle for about 6 years, I don't use it often.
 

Baywonder

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I never used anything on my Hunter wellies - just a rinse off with the hosepipe if needed. They are still going strong all these years later (they were the ones made in Scotland though!).

It sounds like an extra sales pitch to get a bit of extra money off you.

It is the same with kid's school shoes. Every year I am asked if I would like to buy x/y/z to put on the leather, and they 'highly recommend' it to keep them in tip-top condition. And every year I tell them "No thanks, I will just use good old fashioned shoe polish!"
 
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