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30 year old Steerhide Aero...SQUEAKY

Superkav

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Hi all

I recently picked up this 30 year old Steerhide Aero Highwayman and while I absolutely love it, it squeaks...a lot.
My other HWM is a 2 year old CXLFQHH so I'm not used to these noises at all. The Steerhide itself feels very thick and the jacket is in excellent condition and hasn't had much wear since it was new.
It's not a huge issue but is there any way to reduce the squeak, could it be that a previous treatment has made it squeaky or is this common to the leather type?
For those who are interested it's a size 40 and the lining was a custom option available at the time (early 90s) which is a very thick, almost blanket like material. Unfortunately a few inside labels have been removed so one of them may have provided that info.
I'd be interested if anyone else has an Aero of this vintage who could identify the lining. These are the original ebay pics plus one of me wearing it
 

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Marc mndt

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Chances are that a previous owner used too much wax based conditioner such as Obenaufs on the jacket. Does it feel sticky? You could try removing some wax by cleaning it with cleaning benzine.
 

Superkav

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No it doesn’t feel sticky at all, just a regular leathery feel. Maybe that’s just what Steerhide sounds like when it moves around
 

TREEMAN

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Nice jacket. Wear and enjoy it for a while and see if the squeaks calm down a bit.
Then worry about the squeaks....or not ? Forget about benzine...
 
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Mickiemac

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I many leather jackets that are rather boisterous and just let them be as loud as they want to be. After all, they want to be worn and are letting you know how much they appreciate being worn by creaking at you. I do have a few that are rather 'soft spoken' in regards to announcing their presence while being worn but most are rowdy souls. It seems the older the jacket is the louder it becomes over time. I can imagine your 30 year old jacket is the center of attention while being worn!
 

Peacoat

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Two things have been recommended in a thread dedicated to squeaks:

Put a powder on the seams as the threads are what tend to squeak.

Or, apply a conditioner such as Pecard on the threads. I have used this method in the past with success.

Good luck.
 

Khilij

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I second Pecards. It works great if you want to give that a try, as Peacoat said.
 

AeroFan_07

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Nice MGB-GT there - that your daily driver? :)

A good coat or two of Urad-Tenderly should quiet it down some.
 

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