Featured Leather Gear Maintenance

Discussion in 'Clothing & Gadgets' started by TheBeardedPunk, Dec 30, 2021.

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  1. TheBeardedPunk

    TheBeardedPunk Senior Member

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    I like to do some gear maintenance this time of year. So today I put some leather grease on my boots and my jacket.

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  2. Octoberon

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    I haven't used it yet but we saw this is the recent bike show and my mate said he swears by it, so we bought some.

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  3. Dartplayer

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    Looks good Octoberon, I generally use bees wax and I see this product has some included. Helps keep supple and waterproof :p
     
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  4. Wessa

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    I use this, works a treat.
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  5. TheBeardedPunk

    TheBeardedPunk Senior Member

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    I currently use the gold quality stuff (the one in the picture). It’s also beeswax based, makes my leather smell a little like honey for the first few days :yum
     
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  6. Helmut Visor

    Helmut Visor Only dead fish go with the flow
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  7. Octoberon

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    #7 Octoberon, Dec 30, 2021
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    It was actually my partner who bought it. She said I could try it on my new leathers but I was waiting for her to use it first so as not to appear too cheeky. But she's had her chance. :D
     
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  8. Tiglet

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    Been using Renapur for 20+ years, excellent product for leather
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  10. MrTriple

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    These are my three favourite leather products (but I'll be ordering a tub of Renapur from Amazon :))...

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    Liquid Leather (aka Gliptone) is a white cream that restores and protects. It's really easy to apply, provides some water repellency and smells just like new leather. There's a true water repellent version (GT13) but it leaves a slightly 'grabby' surface and doesn't blend into the leather as well. GT11 is fast to apply and is fantastic for jackets. There's also a GT13.5 used for fine leathers (i.e.Mrs Triple's handbags) and a spray cleaner (GT15) which makes short work of dried on flies (and also smells of new leather).

    The Daytona Leather Polish is actually a honey coloured (and honey smelling) smooth and translucent balm. Melts into leather, provides water repellency, and restores beautifully. A bit too sticky to rub into an entire jacket (although it kind of melts and liquifies as you spread it) but perfect for boots (as the label suggests).

    For my non-motorcycle needs, R.M.Williams Leather Conditioner is another white balm and is perfect for fine shoe leathers whether oiled or polished. This goes on all my leather footwear - spread it on with your fingers and you only need to buff off any excess.
     
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  11. DCS900

    DCS900 Careful, man! There’s a beverage here!
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    Cheers @TheBeardedPunk... my leather is supple and shiny again now! Any advice on how to get the drool off the ball-gag? o_O:p:laughing:

    I got fed up with the poor waterproofing of my walking and motorcycle boots, but found working in small amounts of Hoggs professional wax cotton dressing did a better job than whatever it was I was using. Takes a little while to fully soak into the leather, so your boots look a little tacky for a few days. But it’s been more effective than any of the spray on stuff. I notice that they now do a dubbin, which maybe more appropriate... but I had the wax dressing for my jacket anyway, so just used that...

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  12. Adie P

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    I'm a 'PLUS ONE' for Gliptone GT11. I've used Renapur (long time ago) and found it a bit "sticky" on finish. I've found the Gliptone range of products to be easy to use, very effective and they definitely keep old leather feeling soft and supple. They also provide some water repellency. And, of course, the GT11 is almost worth buying just to get that wonderful smell of fresh, new leather.

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  13. Helmut Visor

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    Agreed with the finish but the trick is to leave it for 24/48 hours after application to fully absorb, that is when it gets to properly feed the leather. You definitely can't apply and go.
     
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  14. Erling

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    I have been following this discussion with interest. My main jacket is the Triumph Raven 2 model, made of what they call 'vintage leather'. I don't want the vintage leather to end up shiny but it doesn't need to be totally waterproof. The perfect treatment would be something that kept the leather from cracking and maintained the original look. Any recommendations?
     
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    Gliptone Liquid Leather (GT11). Won't change the appearance of the leather but will keep it supple and soften it up. Apply it without 'buffing' - i.e. rub it on and leave it to soak .... job done.
     
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  16. Dartplayer

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    Bees wax based conditioner. You rub it in and gently heat it to impregnate the leather. My distressed Raven 2 loves :heart_eyes: my efforts pre-winter and if needed pre-summer.
    Supply, Matt, and waterproof :cool:
     
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  17. MrTriple

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    That's exactly what I do...and @Erling, if you're concerned about the appearance, you'll find that GT11 initially adds a sheen (no doubt caused by the oils), but after a few hours, it will dry to a slightly matt finish. I've also used it on leather car seats and it removes the shine caused by wear and makes them look new again.

    I don't think you could go wrong :)
     
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  18. Erling

    Erling Elite Member

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    Thanks to all, exactly what I needed!
     
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  19. Armando Morales

    Armando Morales Senior Member

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    Took care of my boots and globes, I used a 3M leather conditioner I had since forever. the globes really needed it, here is a comparison photo IMG_20220103_145431990.jpg
     
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  20. Dougie D

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    if you are going to use any conditioner on your leather it's best to clean it with saddle soap first (although it actually conditions the leather too if you rub it in like a conditioner)
    I've also used Mink Oil in the past and that is great stuff although it will darken the leather. i usually just use saddle soap on mine a couple of times a year and it keeps all my leather in tip top condition
     
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