How to Use Leather Luster on Boots: (4 Quick Steps & Tips)

To understand how to use leather luster on boots, let’s first figure out what leather luster is.

Leather luster is a liquid polish that is used to shine leather shoes and waterproof them. It is used by law enforcement officers, military forces, and rescue workers.

It has many uses as it is applied to various products made from pure-leather material such as leather bags, belts & gun belts, footwear, wallets and briefcases etc.

History of Leather Luster

Leather luster boot polish was invented in 1965 by Paul Paquet, a New York State Trooper. After getting tired of polishing his boots and gun belts, he thought of a new way to do it.

He made a polish and tried on his own gear and found that the shine was incredible.

Even everybody around their house wanted to have high gloss patent leather shine like him. Afterwards, he continued to expand his business, and now leather luster is worn by police officers across the globe.

How to Use Leather Luster on Boots [Step-by-Step]

Leather luster polish is mainly made for use on leather materials like boots and shoes. You must apply this polish in a well-ventilated area to get good results. Let’s see what is the best way to apply leather luster.

What materials do you need?

  • Leather luster pre-cleaner or general thinner or alcohol wipes
  • Some cotton or a damp white cloth
  • Polish
  • Stainless steel wool

Step1: Remove Existing Oil and Dyes

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The very first step is to clear all the oil, dyes, dirt and other kinds of waxes from the boots. Take the pre-cleaner thinner and scrub them on the leather boots. You must perform this practice until all oils and dyes have been removed from the shoes.

Keep them to try for 10 minutes. Leather materials can contain a lot of oils and dyes. In that case, apply the pre-cleaner thinner again and let them dry for another 10 minutes. Please watch out for the video given at the end of the article if you are unfamiliar with how to use leather luster pre-cleaner.

Note: For some popular brands of boots, we have found some great success with using fine sandpaper to lightly buff the leather.

Step2: Apply a Thin Coat of Leather Luster Polish

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Now, apply a thin coat of leather luster polish to the boot and keep them dry for at least 4-6 hours. In the first coat of polish, it is not going to shine on your boots. After the first coat of polish, dry them in the heat of direct sunlight.

Step3: Apply 2nd and 3rd Coat of Leather Luster

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Before applying the 2nd coat of boot polish make sure the first coat is dry and not tacky at all. If it is not dry and still tacky after 6 hours, use pre-cleaner thinner and rags to re-scrub the tacky areas. Dry leather luster will not be removed.

Now apply the second coat of the boot polish and allow it to dry for 4 to 6 hours. There are some leather boots that require 3 coats before polishing.

Step4: Apply the Final Coat of Leather Luster

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Now make sure that all the surfaces are smoother on the boot because the smoother the surface, the higher the sign. Now, it’s time to apply the final coat of polish. 

It is recommended to use Polish applicators because they have a fine edge and are less messy than the in-can applicator. You must perform this act slowly and smoothly to reduce bubbles and you can eliminate the bubbles by gently blowing on them.

Final result: Now you may have achieved the desired gloss if not, apply another coat of leather luster until you achieve it. If you have any questions or doubts about how to use leather luster on boots then feel free to ask me in the comment section.

How to Remove Leather Luster from Boots?

When the leather luster polish on boots reaches the point at which it can no longer be maintained and you just need to strip everything off and start over.

It is possible for boots to be in the worst condition due to so many factors, such as excess glue and waxes, incorrect sizing, heavy snow covering them and other so many other reasons.

You need a clean cotton cloth and a leather luster finish remover or a good quality leather cleaner such as The Reno Mat. They do a great job at pulling off any hard waxes or resins or anything that is placed on the original leather.

Let’s see how to remove leather luster from boots.

  • You need to apply leather luster finish remover to the small section of the shoe.
  • You must wait for 1 to 2 minutes, the luster will become harder so that you can wipe off the old luster or polish from the boot.
  • Repeat the 2nd step until the leather luster is removed.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q1. How long will leather luster last?

It depends on how frequently you use the shoes. Normally polish and shine works for almost 6 months to 1 year.

Q2. Does Leather Luster work on all shoes?

No, Leather Luster is specifically made for the original leather-made products such as shoes and boots, DMS shoes, belts and gun belts. Applying this polish on material other than leather would not work and would ruin your product.

It is advised to follow the complete guide on leather luster on boots that is explained above.

Q3. What do you do if a leather article scuffs or appears dull after a while?

If the leather article appears dull after a while, use the steel wool to buff the leather product and apply a new layer of the coat of leather luster.

Q4. How to stop bubbling when applying leather luster to the boots?

It is possible to remove bubbles from the boot. Simply blow on them. Yes, blowing for 2 to 3 minutes will solve this query.

Wrap up on how to apply leather luster to boots

Now, we have ended up with a detailed guide on how to apply leather luster to boots and how to remove leather luster (existing polish) from shoes. Adding them to our footwear gives it a fresh look. Remember to keep applying new coats to your boots until you get the best results.

Make sure to share this article with leather shoe lovers like you.


I am the founder and chief editor of Men Shoe Factory, a passionate shoe lover from India. Studying and researching on shoes led me to build this blog site where I share shoe care tips, detailed reviews and different types of shoe size charts. Feel free to contact me on my social accounts or through the contact form here.

2 thoughts on “How to Use Leather Luster on Boots: (4 Quick Steps & Tips)”

  1. Hi, menshoefactory
    I bought leather luster 2 weeks ago and I am still confused about how to apply it to my boots. But this complete guide helped me a lot and solved my query.

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