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Blattwerk Leather - HELP!

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by MRB1248, Mar 19, 2019.

  1. MRB1248

    MRB1248 Familiar Face

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    OK, I have a jacket made from Blattwerk Dark Brown Horse, which I got wet and now it's about as stiff as Bernie. I've tried wearing it, and still hasn't loosened up. Any ideas aside from get it wet again and see what happens?
     
  2. jacketjunkie

    jacketjunkie One Too Many

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    Get a bottle of leather conditioner, something like Lexol or Pecards and apply it on the jacket, in like large amounts. Did you try the hot water treatment or what happened?
     
  3. Plumbline

    Plumbline One Too Many

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    Never washed Blattwerk ... but have washed many others and the general rule is ... the thicker the leather, the more veg tanned and the more direct the heat the stiffer the result.

    Chrome tanned leather seldom stiffens after washing / wetting unless direct heat is applied e.g. a radiator.

    The only solution - conditioning and manipulation. The plus is that if the leather has stiffened then it’s generally very receptive to conditioning.

    My solution when this has happened is conditioning and a 30 minute tumble drier session with a cool setting

    Best of luck
     
  4. regius

    regius One Too Many

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    Also try the product Leatherique, it is the most effective leather softening conditioner.
     
  5. Thuggee

    Thuggee Practically Family

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    How wet did it get? I’ve a couple in black same leather from SB that have gotten rained on never had a issue, didn’t throw them in the washing machine though, if my jackets ever get wet I tend to wear them until they are dry again keeps them from stiffening up but then that’s just me.


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  6. apba1166

    apba1166 A-List Customer

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    Same as Thuggee. I have a dark seal Blatt, been in rain and just kept wearing it. Not a problem but didn't get drenched through. Mine was waxed, but I suppose if it wears off, may need to re-apply if the conditioner works. The other thing that sometimes works is after conditioning, wear it with a layer on top like a vest or poncho. Keeping the body heat in/on it for a full day like that, or several days in a row, helps soften/break it.
     
  7. MRB1248

    MRB1248 Familiar Face

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    Hey, thanks for the replay. Sorry I didn’t respond earlier, ended up having to actually work for my paycheck.
    I’ll try the conditioner again. I did it once follright after I got caught in the rain. I didn’t wear it dry, I draped it over a chair and when it was finally dry it was like armor.
     
  8. MRB1248

    MRB1248 Familiar Face

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    Thanks. I might try this if another round of Pecards doesn’t work.
     

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