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Grant Petersen at Rivendell has written a lot about this, and his directions have worked for me--one of my B17s is at least 15 years old, and the others are around five and seven:
Basically, he recommends applying Proofhide only once or twice a year. Don't goop it on weekly or anything. He's a little ambivalent on the underside issue, but I do it annually on the premise that it will give some protection if I get caught in the rain (I carry a plastic bag, but you never know).
FWIW, I live in the high desert where humidity is often in the 10-15 percent range, but Brooks still lasts forever with that treatment.
I don't worry about drying. I usually put it on at night and let it sit overnight, then just ride. Your shorts will polish it up. Don't wipe the underside--it will eventually soak in or dry out.
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