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How serious is this A2 damage?

tweedydon

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How serious is this mark on a horsehide Eastman A2? It looks to my untrained eye very minor; it doesn't seem to be rot, but more of a concentrated scuff that took off the leather topcoat. (The jacket's not mine, I'm just considering it!)
 

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Carefully apply a tiny bit of an appropriately close shade of shoe leather polish using a cotton bud. Sorted!
I do this for my ELC RW B3 on the inner sleeves where the leather gets scuffed on the waist buckles. It’s a close match that nobody else would notice but me. It’s not perfect but that’s just a part of the character of the jacket as it wears.
 
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Carlos840

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It looks like a very minor top coat scratch, I would personally not touch it with any sort of shoe polish.
It can work, but i have had two separate leather jackets that had really bad reactions to products i used.
Some polish will react with some top coats and basically melt it away and make it a lot worst.

I have had that happen once with kiwi shoe polish, it completely melted the top coat around the spot i was trying to cover on a cxl jacket, it left me with a much larger much blotchier mark.

The second time it happened was when i tried to cover a very small mark on a Vanson leather jacket using black aniline dye, the dye completely melted the top coat once again and left a bigger mess than was originally there.

I now leave superficial top coat scratches well alone.
If you really want to play with it, make sure you try whatever product in a discrete area first, rather than making a huge mess in a visible spot.

Edit: don't be the guy who does this to his jacket trying to "fix it": (not my jacket, but the worst reaction to products i have seen)

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Interesting, Carlos!
And yes, leaving a jacket alone is also a good option as, lest we forget, A2’s were bashed about and scraped galore in and around aircraft in their service. That first scrape is always a bugger, of course, after laying down a whack of cash for a nice jacket - but is just the start of the wear that brings character to a jacket and which we all admire.
 
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