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Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by mygar, Oct 22, 2019.

  1. mygar

    mygar A-List Customer

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    So I have a padded thedi for my riding jacket... one of the heavy duty old ones... love it :)

    Anyway I have been using a moist microfiber cloth to take bugs off. Wondering if I should periodically use a leather moistener? It does not seem dry from all the cleanings.. but thinking preventative. It's waxed cow... thoughts?
     
  2. Psant25

    Psant25 A-List Customer

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    From aero’s Page
    Treating The Leather
    ”This is even easier. Do nothing, absolutely nothing. Do not oil it, don't treat it with hide food - even ours, this is for old steerhide jackets and dried up old vintage horsehide jackets from the 1930s and 1940s, not for your Aero, well not until maybe 2035.”
     
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  3. AeroFan_07

    AeroFan_07 Call Me a Cab

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    So - since we don't know anymore about this jacket other than "waxed cowhide" and one of the old heavy ones, it won't hurt anything at all to use somethign such as Bick #1 for Cleaning, and Bick #4 for conditioning. The Bick #1 would work very well for the bug and road grime cleaning. I use these products on boots, and many of my more "standard" jackets. On the Aero CXL Steer & Horse-hides, I do exactly as Psant posted - nothing at all. For at least the first 20 years.

    Find out more here (I am not related to them or any kind of dealer) https://bickmore.com/
     
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  4. Peacoat

    Peacoat I'll Lock Up

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    Riding jackets exposed to the elements might be a bit different. If the jacket is has had a lot of trips in the rain and feels as if it is drying out, I would put conditioner on it. But only if it feels dry.

    Excessive exposure to the sun can have a similar effect. I have an old Schott that has sun and rain damage, but I haven't treated it and probably won't. It is the second most salty jacket in my riding club, and if I treated it, the patina would be lost. I figure it has another 7 or 8 years before it starts to crack.

    Schott Front.jpg
     
  5. roadking04

    roadking04 One of the Regulars

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    Wonder what the saltiest one looks like. lol.

    Looks like a true road warrior PC.
     
  6. Peacoat

    Peacoat I'll Lock Up

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    The most salty jacket in the club is completely bleached. He and his wife put in over 30,000 miles a year. My jacket still has a little color left. Below, for color comparison, are my Johnson and my Vanson Enfield flanking the Schott.

    Schott, JL and Vanson.jpg
     
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  7. roadking04

    roadking04 One of the Regulars

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    WOW!!!!!!
     
  8. mygar

    mygar A-List Customer

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    Thanks for the input. I think I will just do a light conditioning treatment once/yr. Cleaning with moist microfiber seems to work well. Honestly don't want to have to use a leather cleaner... as I clean the bugs off 3 times week... too much trouble getting cleaner out etc I think
     
  9. Bfd70

    Bfd70 One Too Many

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    Micro fiber?
     
  10. mygar

    mygar A-List Customer

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    Oh oh... uh yep. Bad idea? Doesn't seem to harm anything been a year now
     
  11. JacketAddict

    JacketAddict One of the Regulars

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    Believe it or not Pledge works great for those quick cleanings - I've used it on many of my Langlitz jackets and pants, as well as other riding jackets with no adverse effects. Every so often wipe it down gently with a dish detergent in water (or use a leather cleaner) and then apply some conditioner - check out the Langlitz conditioner - I've found it to be a good one as well as Lexol (recommended by the local Leather Lady guru.)
     
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  12. mygar

    mygar A-List Customer

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    I'll check out bicks thx!
     
  13. mygar

    mygar A-List Customer

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    Lol pledge? I don't know man. Not sure about lemon smell either :)
     
  14. JacketAddict

    JacketAddict One of the Regulars

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    I was skeptical also until I tried it - Orange - adds a very nice scent. The good thing is you spray a little on those bug spots wait a minute or so and wipe them off - works like a charm for a quick wipe down. Many "experts" will scoff but it works and I've yet to see any adverse effects from it.
     
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  15. Captain Sensible

    Captain Sensible One of the Regulars

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    That stuff’s not normally recommended even for furniture
     
  16. jpk_NJ

    jpk_NJ A-List Customer

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    The only time I put Pledge on leather, was in military school. Don't do it. Looks good at first but ultimately ends up with a cracked mirror appearance.

    I just started using Chemical Guys Leather dressing and find it pretty versatile for a quick/easy to use /absorb treatment.
     

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