Cracked/Torn Capeskin

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  1. jonesy86

    jonesy86 Call Me a Cab

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    I was foolishly pulling on my A-1 trying to stretch it to conform to my recent growth spurt and I heard a loud crack. [emoji33]
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    Treated it with Pecard which darkened the leather quite a bit.
    Any advice?


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  2. ton312

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    eek. I've never owned a capeskin jacket. It must be quite fragile?
     
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  3. Gamma68

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    I haven't had that experience with my capeskin jacket. I wouldn't expect it to rip like that. Perhaps the hide was very dry? Losses of natural oils led to the cracking when pulled?
     
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  4. jonesy86

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    Well it is all a learning process for me still. This leather is definitely not FQHH and is very light weight. I still like it with this imperfection, I just hope it doesn't further deteriorate. Have to wait and see I guess.
     
  5. ton312

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    Hard to tell whats going on in the pic...I see the surface crack...is it near a button hole?
     
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  6. Monitor

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    Sorry to hear that. Nightmare stuff. Sadly, not much you can do. Fill up the cracks with glue, Barge Cement should do just fine, and dye it over. That'll at least cover the cracks.
     
  7. jonesy86

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    Yeah, it is a small surface crack in between the button hole and the top of the pocket flap.
    [​IMG]
    I suppose could just call it patina.
    :)


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  8. Fonzie

    Fonzie Practically Family

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    It’s just a battle scar, gives it character. :)
     
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  9. jonesy86

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    Yes, I’ll call it The Battle Of The Belly.
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  10. Thuggee

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    Out of interest what jacket maker is the A1 I guess not all cape skin is the same?


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  11. jonesy86

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    GW A-1.


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  12. Seb Lucas

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    Hey Jonesy - sorry to hear that, but this kind of leather does risk tearing if it is stretched - it is a hide with little tensile strength. There are kits to repair this kind of hide (a more refined version of Monitor's barge cement idea) but if you have put on some Pecards - a greasy substance - you will struggle to get any adhesive to stick to it. Capeskin isn't fragile as such but it is simply no where near as strong as the other leathers we see here.
     
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  13. Thuggee

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    Ouch


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  14. jonesy86

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    Don’t really notice anything from a few feet away.
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  15. ton312

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    I wouldn't sweat it. It's a tiny surface crack, not a gaping hole or noticeable injury at all.
     
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  16. jonesy86

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    I was just a little worried that it might get worse. The jacket soaked up the Pecards, and I actually like the resulting darker shade. The inside of the button holes has a double layer of leather or backing so I suppose this reinforces and strengthens that area.
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  17. jonesy86

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    I wore this all day and love it.


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  18. feltfan

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    Sorry to hear this. My GW capeskin A1 has not done this yet. If it did, I'd be tempted to sew up the crack.
    Seems odd. I wonder if there is some hardening of the leather? Do you make sure the jacket has good air flow around it
    when you aren't wearing it?

    Regarding the Pecard's, did the shine come back to the capeskin? Did the leather eventually lighten back up?

    Good luck with this!
     
  19. Dr H

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    Argh, sorry to hear that Jonesy, after your recent issues with the mould spores.
    I’ve had more capeskin jackets than any other type of hide and, while it’s reasonably resilient and elastic, once it opens up the tears strength is poor and the hide delaminates.
    The tear looks clean so you might able to patch it from the back (I wouldn’t patch from the front), older jackets that I’ve had were typically stitched to repair them and a good tailor should be able to do this cleanly.
    Good luck!
     
  20. s4rmark

    s4rmark One of the Regulars

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    One of the arms on my ELC roughwear 27752 developed surface cracks after it got a thorough drenching at the war and peace show a couple of years ago.
     

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