And yes , believe it or not, there is a difference between these two words.
When something is waterproof, it means that it is impenetrable to water. Humidity cannot penetrate and is rejected.
When something is water-resistant, it means that it resists water and somehow repels it. However, if it were to be submerged or swallowed by water, it would still take up moisture. Not as much as if it were not treated, but it is not completely waterproof.
So why shouldn't I waterproof my leather? Actually, without a waterproof lining, most leather items will never be 100% waterproof.
It is important to point out that some waterproofing products for leather goods can alter their appearance. For example, silicone-based products are known to be aggressive especially on light-colored leathers.
This does not mean that one should not treat the skin. In fact, there are many options out there that you can test on your hide to make it as water-resistant as possible.
Some of these finishes look incredibly natural, while others can look waxy and thick. The choice depends on how the leather goods will be used.
You can protect your leather from water without overdoing the treatments.
Simply using a good conditioner can help make your project resistant to water damage. But finishes such as Resolene can give your piece a shine worthy of a quality leather product while providing needed protection from the elements.
So use your common sense when it comes to treating leather. Not everything needs to be wax sealed to ensure longevity.
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