101 Uses for Renapur Leather Balsam

We know that the Renapur products come into their own when cleaning leather. However, did you know Renapur Leather Balsam can be used on other household objects too?

From reviving tired old car bumpers to keeping keen fishermans fly lines waterproofed and floating, over the years our customers have found the Renapur leather care products come in useful for some more unusual jobs than cleaning your leather sofa.

Check out what else you can use our Leather Balsam for below.

If you have found a new way to use any of our leather care products which isn’t listed below then we want to hear from you!

Send us your story and it could get published below. If we feature your story we'll send you a FREE pot of Renapur Leather Balsam and a FREE 250ml Renapur Leather Cleaner.

Simply email your story to us on 101uses@renapur.com attaching an image if possible. Alternatively you can write to us at: Renapur Ltd., London Road, Ashington, West Sussex, RH20 3AX - please remember to include a photo if possible.

Happy Renapuring…

101 Great Uses for the Renapur Leather Care Products

Kayak1. Kayak cleaning

Thanks to Kevin Mansell for this article

Always one for the soft touch as I walked around the London Boat Show I was convinced, along with a couple of companions, that I really needed some leather balsam for protecting my shoes. I parted with my £10.00 and walked on my way. Some time later, I stumbled across some fibre glass polish, now this was interesting as my 20 year old Nordkapp was starting to show its age. Whereas £10 seemed a huge amount, I was far more willing to part with £40 to protect my beloved sea kayak.

I returned home with two types of polish with the aim of writing a review of the one for fibre glass. I followed the instructions and sat back to review my handy work. With my hand on my heart I felt unable to write a review as I didn’t want you, dear reader, to make the same mistake as me and part with their hard earned cash.

Each week I did use the leather balsam on my shoes never realising that I held in my hand the key to restoring my kayak to some of its former glory. That is until Chris said, “Have you tried the shoe polish on your kayak?” Somewhat sceptically I applied the polish. It was quick and easy to do and the impact was amazing. Almost instantly, scratches appeared to disappear and the colours were restored.

Once the kayak was on the water the droplets glistened in the sunlight, it was just like paddling a new kayak. The great thing is that it only takes a matter of minutes to reapply the balsam, therefore it can be repeated on a regular basis ensuring that your precious kayak maintains its perfect looks.

The product is “Renapur Leather Balsam”. Forget your shoes apply it to your kayak!

Car bumper2. Revive tired car bumpers

Mrs Wheeler from Kent

I'm amazed! We bought a 1990 VW camper a few months ago. There's not much wrong with it but it looked a bit tired both internally and externally. A good clean of the upholstery and some new cushions, a throw and a few personal bits and it felt more homely on the inside. A wipe over with a cloth to remove the dead bugs and bird pooh (we have a hosepipe ban down here in Kent) and the body work looked a little better but it still looked tired. Then I remembered your email and tried the Renapur! Brilliant.

The tired grey trim came to life amazingly easily.

Fly fishing

3. Treat your Fly Fishing Line

Robert McCammon

I use Renapur leather balsam on my leather suite and find it very good indeed. I am also a keen fly fisherman and tried it on my fly line as I had run out of my normal treatment. Renapur balsam brought it up like new and kept it waterproof and floating. I will be using this on my fly line from now on.


4. Use it on stripped doors

Clare from Stafford

After painstakingly trying to burn-off the paint around my door-frames, with the intention of doing the same to the doors, I realised this was a task that I wished I hadn’t started. However, it was suggested that I take the doors to be dipped, to remove all the old paint as this would be far quicker, and it was!

I re-hung them and was initially pleased with their appearance. However, as they dried out over the next few weeks, the wood started to crack a little and salt-like, white marks began spoiling their look.

My Grandma always used beeswax on her furniture. I remember reading that your product contained beeswax, so I thought I’d give it a go on the doors. The result was fantastic. The doors went a lovely, deep colour, with all the grain showing through. Many people have commented on how nice they look.


5. Clean dog collars and leads

Jacquie from Essex

With regards to the 101 uses for Renapur I would just like to say you have mentioned saddlery but forgot to mention leather dog leads and collars which is what I use my Renapur for - it is wonderful.

I have enclosed a photo with three of my dogs - just about to return from a morning walk.


6. Restore UPVC Windows

Thank you to Dave Walker for sending in this useful tip.

I use Renapur to restore the brown colour on my UPVC windows and door frames. It's fantastic - just wipe the frames over with Renapur on a sponge and the transformation is instant. The results last for about 12 months before the sunlight makes them turn a bit white again.

A picture is attached showing during the cleaning.

Fantastic stuff!!

Bronze sculpture

7. Preserve bronze sculptures

Thank you to John Stowe for this story - to claim your Renapur products, please get in touch.

My wife and I have a number of bronze sculptures in our garden - mainly of labrador dogs which we are mad about!!

I decided to try Renapur Balsam on them to preserve their new look and prevent them being affected by the weather. We have been delighted with the results - they really gleam and the coating provided a water repellent. I have attached an example which clearly shows how Renapur has worked.

The sculptor who made the bronzes has also seen the results. He is so impressed he is recommending Renapur Balsam treatment of his pieces to customers.

The process also works well on other sculptures we have made from recycled metal.

Wooden gunstocks

8. Clean wooden gunstocks

Thanks very much to Derek Willcox for this story

I have added another use to my Renapur portfolio! Simply wiping over the stock of my air rifle with the Balsam brings the walnut up beautifully.

However, I have also found that Renapur works really well with a technique favoured by gunstock finishers of prestigious shotguns and rifles. Palming or rubbing Renapur in with the ball of the hand to generate heat allows the stock to take on a bright, deep shine thanks to the beeswax. This is a very desirable finish!


9. Use Renapur on your bagpipes

Thanks to Iain A Willox for this fantastic tip. To claim your Renapur products please get in touch.

Basically I use Renapur to keep my bagpipes in gleaming order. The wooden parts of the Great Highland Bagpipes are make from African Blackwood with ususally nickel ferrules and imitation ivory. They require to be clean and polished during their lifetime on a regular basis.

Originally I used Renapur to enhance the shine on the wooden parts but suddenly found that Renapur was also giving a measure of protection to the nickel ferrules. My workaday set of pipes have deep brown imitation ivory mounts but my special set has Silver engraved ferrules with ancient ivory mounts and I am very careful to keep these in tip top condition by using Renapur to maintain their overall condition.

As you can see in my digipix there are two sets of GHB and two sets of bellows blown bagpipes. One bellows blown set is a Lowland Bagpipe and the other is a Northumbrian bagpipe. Both have leather parts which have always benefited fron my use of Renapur; but it came as a surprise that once again Renapur would assist in keeping oxidisation of the metal parts to a minimum.

The overall effect is quite spectacular and seems to enhance my playing. Many times I have been complimented on the sparkling appearance of my sets of pipes and I have been quick to inform my audience that Renapur is what does it! I give lectures on various types of bagpipes and the other sets have also benefited from the exceptional Renapur treatment.

So every time I use my pipes, either for lectures or for entertainment you can be sure that Renapur is never omitted from the conversation. Yours is a great product.

Garage Doors10. Use Renapur on your garage doors

Peter from Northamptonshire

I have used your product to rejuvenate my garage doors which are about 15 years old they have come up like new.

The garage doors which have not been cleaned for 10 years, I washed them down first and then applied Renapur Leather Balsam on a small area it was amazing the door came up like new. Left it for 3 weeks to make sure it did not fade, have now applied over both doors you can see the result.

The doors are metal with a mahogany wood grain finish. 

Delighted. Will recommend to friends.