Distressed leather

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by campbell166, Dec 8, 2021.

  1. campbell166

    campbell166 New in Town

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    Hello, sorry if this has been already asked and answered
    I have a lovely soft leather jacket, but it is so shiny it looks like plastic or pvc
    Any advice on what I can do to make it have more of a Matt finish ?
    Thanks folks
     
  2. Guppy

    Guppy My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    Just wear it. Usually shiny leather will naturally lose some of its luster after you've knocked the new out of it.

    Resist temptation to accelerate the process. If you want to accelerate it, wear it more.
     
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  3. BloodEagle

    BloodEagle One of the Regulars

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    Just wear it as much as possible - for doing chores, gardening, out for walks - all this will have an impact. I occasionally spritz new new jackets with some water but try to resist the temptation to accelerate the process too much because it will look obvious (at least to the eagle eyed folk on this forum)
     
  4. campbell166

    campbell166 New in Town

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    Thanks guys
    I have had this jacket for 2 or 3 years and it never seems to change
    It’s been exposed to rain and snow , but still feels soft and shiny lol
     
  5. AeroFan_07

    AeroFan_07 I'll Lock Up

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  6. navetsea

    navetsea I'll Lock Up

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    Throw it in washing machine first without detergent see if it takes away some shine without making it too dull everywhere, if the jacket develops more grains and creases, sometime you will appreciate some shine to make them pop.
     
  7. Guppy

    Guppy My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    How often do you wear it? Occasionally, or nearly every day?
    What type of leather is it? Cowhide? Goat? Chrome tanned?
     
  8. campbell166

    campbell166 New in Town

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    I wear it in autumn/winter....it’s in the style of a Belstaff Panther, it was made in India and I think it’s possibly goat or lamb skin . It feels very soft and is black in colour
     
  9. Monitor

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    @ton312 recently removed the plasticy finish off his Vanson by using acetone, if I am not mistaken, though alcohol might work just as well. I know wiping the jacket down with alcohol is a well tested method of getting rid of the shiny finish which can be bothersome.
     
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  10. Guppy

    Guppy My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    People are never satisfied with what they have, and have to mess with it. It ain't broke. Don't try to fix it.

    If you really want to do something, roll around in some dirt, and wipe it off.
     
  11. Fifty150

    Fifty150 One Too Many

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    Put it on. Ride a motorcycle on freeway. Fall.
     
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  12. TREEMAN

    TREEMAN One Too Many

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    Keep rolling it up in all different ways. At least 4-5 times a day. Leave it rolled up all nite.. then roll it up a different way in the morning. Wearing it as much as possible .. wear it driving, walking the dog , whatever.
     
  13. handymike

    handymike I'll Lock Up

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    There are a couple of products that might work. Tenderly is made by Urad and produces a matte/ lustre finish once it is dry. Urad leaves a glossy finish. Other beeswax based products might knock off some shine too, but don’t buff them out or it’ll be shiny again.
     
  14. barnabus

    barnabus Practically Family

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    No, don't do this. I tried the same thing and it meant that for ages I didn't even get to wear the jacket, just pyjamas instead.
     
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    Fifty150 One Too Many

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  16. willyto

    willyto One Too Many

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    Do the @Carlos840 treatment. Spray water on it, wear it. Spray water, wear it.

    Works every time.

    Or just walk in the rain. Works even better.
     
  17. marker2037

    marker2037 Practically Family

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    It would be helpful to see pictures of the jacket, but I will say that a scotchbrite pad can work wonders on knocking off the new on a jacket.
     

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