How to Prep a Football

You’d never go into a game unprepared, so why should your football?  Much like breaking in a baseball glove, prepping your Wilson football improves its grip-ability and extends the life of the ball.  Here’s a step-by-step guide for how to break in a Wilson football so it’s ready for optimal performance when it’s all on the line. You can also see this process in action by watching this video.




Step I: To prep your Wilson genuine leather game ball, you’ll need a Wilson Football Brush, Tack Bar, Football Tack Spray, and Football Prep Conditioner.  

Step II: With the Wilson-approved Football Brush, brush each panel of your leather football for 30-45 seconds. Remember to maintain a strong grip on your football and brush each panel thoroughly. Don’t worry about being too rough on the Brush—it’s built to withstand heavy duty application.

Step III: Apply a small amount (about the size of a dime) of the Football Prep Conditioner to each panel. Then, rub it around well and allow it to dry for about 20 minutes. The Football Prep Conditioner moisturizes and strengthens the outer layer of your football.

Step IV: Spread the Tack Bar across each panel 2 to 3 times. For extra tackiness, spread more. By spreading the Tack Bar around the football, you can maximize your football’s ability to grip.


Step V: Simply repeat Step 1, which is to brush each panel with the Wilson Football Brush. Again, remember to brush each panel thoroughly!


Step VI: Spray a light coating of the Football Tack Spray over each panel.


Step VII: Brush each panel again with the Wilson Football Brush. Brush thoroughly and evenly.


Thanks to the Wilson Football Prep Kit, you can now bring your A-game AND an optimized ball to the field. By following our step-by-step guide on preparing a football, your ball’s life can last longer and its grip can become stronger than ever. Now get out there and play.  


To see the process in action, watch the video below.