ALL REPRO R.A.F. Irvin type jackets

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by Hawk_Eye, Oct 24, 2008.

  1. aswatland

    aswatland My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    I'll take the car but pass on the Irvin style jacket.
     
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  2. Doctor Damage

    Doctor Damage My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    some sort of repro used as costume in a stock photo

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  3. Doctor Damage

    Doctor Damage My Mail is Forwarded Here

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  4. Smithy

    Smithy I'll Lock Up

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    I'm with Andrew, I'd love a SS100 but the prices make my teeth hurt!
     
  5. John Lever

    John Lever One Too Many

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    The very recent jackets are quite shiny but still have that dry cracked mud topography. Texture is usually achieved by one layer shrinking at a different rate to a top coat.
     
  6. Cooper A-2

    Cooper A-2 Practically Family

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    Bath it gently with body temp water, dry it and oil it during and whilst drying...Texture becomes as per ww2 originals and will never crack nor have this muddy topography.
     
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  7. John Lever

    John Lever One Too Many

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    Or, hot shower then towel dry.
     
  8. Cooper A-2

    Cooper A-2 Practically Family

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    Never hot.... max 35deg C...and dry towelling a B-3 or an Irvin may take days...besides, oiling needs to be done in the very same process...Air drying is the best... bathing temp arround 35deg for approx an hour.
     
  9. John Lever

    John Lever One Too Many

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    Been doing this a LONG time over 20 years.
     
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  10. Cooper A-2

    Cooper A-2 Practically Family

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    Fair enough...
    Everyone has his way...if all works...why not?
     
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  11. John Lever

    John Lever One Too Many

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    Absolutely
     
  12. Siggmund

    Siggmund One of the Regulars

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    Here is a pic of one of Andrew's originals that has the finish I desire for my '04 ELC.

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    And here's a pic of my jacket, which does not seem to have the same finish at all. I attribute the gloss and crackle on Andrew's jacket to the application of some sort of acrylic finish in the manufacturing process. I think it would be madness to experiment on my jacket. That's why I was wondering if anyone has tried to add sheen to their finish.
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    Hmmm. Not a great pic but you can tell that it is matte and has no crackling.
    As for the washing, wetting methods to alter the finish, I wouldn't want to use hot water - having ruined a nice wool sweater that way once, but I wear it in the rain at times with no apparent effect.
    Thanks!
     
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  13. Cooper A-2

    Cooper A-2 Practically Family

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    Please try it with 35-38deg ( body temp) warm water, soak it for approx two hours,
    Air dry it and put your favored leather treatment whilst air drying.
    Put it onto a " frame" or manequin during drying in order to keep shape.
    Put plastic bottles in the s leeves/cuffs area to keep the desired open area....and avoid shrinking. I made a "clone" of my torso out of styro-foam...so I am sure when drying it always go back in shape as "I " need it.
    Good luck
     
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  14. Siggmund

    Siggmund One of the Regulars

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    [QUOTE="Cooper A-2: I made a "clone" of my torso out of styro-foam...so I am sure when drying it always go back in shape as "I " need it.
    Coop, you cloned your torso out of styrofoam? That's great! Truly the spirit of leather jacket OCD and mad improvisation that I read so much of on FL. Love it.
     
  15. Cooper A-2

    Cooper A-2 Practically Family

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    Thx, yes I did...took me 1 day to carve it out.
    Its light its easy to carry it arround and it works!
     
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  16. Achsoo

    Achsoo New in Town

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    Hello John,
    Slightly off topic, but I have seen your post on VLJ regarding an Eastman Merino Irvin that you own. You stated that you had scant information of its history. If it's a size 48 and you bought it from EBay around 2010, then it was probably mine.
    I bought it from Elc in 1993 and wore it regularly.
    Hope this information helps? assuming it is the same jacket. A friend sold it on Ebay on my behalf-he had little information and I believe you were the buyer.
    In hindsight I wish I'd kept her, I'm now looking for another! Oh well-for the love of jackets.
    Kind regards
    Phil.
     
  17. kowalski

    kowalski Practically Family

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    Only rain, snow, sun, wind, frost, and above all, time is the best tanner / painter jackets
    Irvin (this also applies A2 , B3)worn by eight years, over the years it is becoming more beautiful;)

    other acceleration makeup / characterization it is a sign of a lack of patience
    imho .Beautiful art requires time and patience:cool:
     
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  18. John Lever

    John Lever One Too Many

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  19. John Lever

    John Lever One Too Many

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    Hi Phil
    Your loss was my gain. I sold the jacket to Cliff, he had it for a few years then he sold it back to me. A stunning jacket very well worn.
     

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