If horsehide has been soaked for several days...

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by zebedee, Feb 25, 2021.

  1. zebedee

    zebedee One Too Many

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    ...what's the best course of action? The jacket that arrived was waterlogged- I've spent three days drying it out. It's Vicenza, and feels fairly stiff; apart from a slight musty smell, it's undamaged. The dye was pushed into the lining, but I don't care about that.

    I have no Renapur- should I give it a light rub down with vaseline? Just leave it? What do people think?
     
  2. TooManyHatsOnlyOneHead

    TooManyHatsOnlyOneHead Practically Family

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    No vaseline until you know for sure it's completely dry, otherwise you just going to lock in the water.

    Spray with diluted white vinegar or diluted rubbing alcohol, let air dry several more days, hang outside weather permitting. After about a week, hit it with some pecards.
     
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  3. zebedee

    zebedee One Too Many

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    Thanks- I'll do this. The pockets are moleskin and still damp. If I cannot get pecard's?
     
  4. TooManyHatsOnlyOneHead

    TooManyHatsOnlyOneHead Practically Family

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    whatever your favorite leather conditioner is. I've used vaseline before, it works, but some of the other brands have "fancy" oils as well to help nourish.

    Personally, on a black jacket, I usually use a mix of coconut oil and beeswax. Brown is trickier though because you have to be careful not to darken.

    But Pecards, Smiths, Otterwax, Skidmore, they all pretty much the same thing.

    Also, turn the jacket inside and out and let dry that way for a day or two as well
     
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  5. ton312

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    I had a vintage Bates arrive this way. Once it was mostly dry I hung it in the sun inside out to kill any mold that could potentially be forming. The sun and wind will take care of it. Give the skin whatever you can do it doesn’t turn brittle. Would like to see some before and after pics as the answer to how vic holds up to water hasn’t really been answered.
     
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  6. zebedee

    zebedee One Too Many

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    It could have been water, it could have been anti-Covid spray, it could have been the micturation of the courier who had 'retained' the jacket once it got to Shanghai (despite having signed it off as delivered). On the upside, grain is popping everywhere.
     
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  7. AeroFan_07

    AeroFan_07 My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    If it had just arrived, I would have taken photos of it and returned it to the seller or worked with the shipping company.

    If it was shipped by a reputable carrier (UPS, Fed EX, DHL etc) I would think you should be able to work out a claim on it. Was it insured for close to the value of the jacket?

    It may be too late for that now....
     
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  8. navetsea

    navetsea I'll Lock Up

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    20210226_084748.jpg put it over a dining chair or over a wide hanger and hook the hanger on netting door, or something at the same height of standing fan, and then put standing fan right in front of it it will dry it a lot faster
     
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  9. Peacoat

    Peacoat Bartender Bartender

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    If you can't get Pecard, then Ko Cho Line, a Carr, Davis & Martin product is manufactured in England. Should be readily available in the UK. I got a tin of it on the recommendation of a member here on the board. It does a good job.
     
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  10. zebedee

    zebedee One Too Many

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    I've dried it, and it's undamaged. Applied vaseline very thinly. As I am in Shanghai (and the postal service once inside Mainland borders was Chinese EMS), I feel that the seller has no liability. Parcelforce UK, though, I'd never opt for again. Odd customer service. Essentially useless :)
     
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  11. zebedee

    zebedee One Too Many

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    I'd go beyond useless: their investigation posited a customs-held item that my employer's HR had tracked down and had delivered to me days previously. Eejits.
     
  12. Monitor

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    Won't nothing bad happen to it. Don't forget it's already been submerged several times into God knows what so little rain won't harm it. You're good.
    I'd follow @TooManyHatsOnlyOneHead advice on using oil based conditioner on it, just to be on the safe side. Obeauf's Leather Oil should do the trick. I'd only use that 'cause the jacket might take a lot longer to soak up Pecard's and the other greasy stuff.
     
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  13. jonbuilder

    jonbuilder Call Me a Cab

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    I would wear the jacket so it will mold to your body while drying. There are those that soak a new jacket in water and then wear it wet to get the jacket to mold to their body
     
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  14. Will Zach

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    ^^
    That is not a bad thought. I did it after washing a dirty vintage jacket, and the jacket was almost dry after 1 full day of wear. Body heat does its job...:)
     
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  15. AeroFan_07

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    Sure sorry to hear about this. Hope it's able to be brought back to it's state of glory again soon!
     
  16. zebedee

    zebedee One Too Many

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    It's one of those things. I'm enjoying the resurrecting.
     
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  17. zebedee

    zebedee One Too Many

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    little dusting of talcum powder on the lining and all's well :)
     
  18. navetsea

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    talcum on the lining? you plan to brush it off afterward right?
     
  19. zebedee

    zebedee One Too Many

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    Yes, I dusted it and then shook it off. It's pretty much ok now. Heretically, I have found that Nivea hand cream is a good substitute for Renapur, Pecard's, etc.
     
  20. navetsea

    navetsea I'll Lock Up

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    you sure the handcream don't go rancid man? our skin absorbs and metabolize some of that to promote skin health, boost cell regeneration etc, while on dead leather it is just deposited there accumulated. probably go rancid after 4-5 years like expire date on it... in small quantity it doesn't matter I bet as long as you don't saturate it.
     

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