Ultimate Leather Conditioner Comparison (on Reddit)

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  1. Hh121

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    I don't have cheap jacket to try, I wish I still have a Vanson.
     
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  2. Cornelius

    Cornelius One of the Regulars

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    2nd on the Fiebing's Saddle Soap - excellent stuff, it's all that I use to clean my boots.
     
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  3. JMax

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    I just ordered the Sheen. I’m curious. Will keep you posted.
     
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  4. Hh121

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    Thanks man!
     
  5. JMax

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    Mr. Leather Cleaner & Conditioner may be what you are looking for.
     
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  6. JMax

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    A tad bit shinier than when I received it. It’s not just the lighting either.

    I got peppered with dragon flies while riding. It was thick & nasty. I needed to use a cleaner, not just water. Mr. Leather.

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  7. navetsea

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    found some in youtube
     
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  8. handymike

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    So, it’s like spray varnish?!?
     
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  9. Hh121

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    Most likely yes, that's why I hesitate to buy it.
     
  10. JMax

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    I also tried the pecards spray yesterday. On small sections of Vanson, LW and Schott jackets. It’s really good but you are correct, it doesn’t hold the shine.
     
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  11. handymike

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    Varnish won’t look realistic. It will end up looking “pleather-y” . You could give the Blackrock a go...the wax doesn’t make it shiny, but does give a lustre. A few coats might build up the sheen.
     
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  12. RockSolid

    RockSolid One of the Regulars

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    Here are my results with pecard, not the best picture quality but hopefully you will see the before / after
    Jacket is a naked cowhide Schott 565
    I also did my JD1 and the leather now feels much more supple and looks better

    Left side done not dried yet :
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    Both sides done, still "wet" :
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    Almost Dried :
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    I'll add more pictures tomorrow when it is completely dry
     
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  13. Will Zach

    Will Zach One Too Many

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    I'll say it upfront - I used to be Obenaufs guy, now I am Pecard's guy..., here's why:

    I got a 80-year old Spiegel horsehide cross-zip. Very stiff, squeaky, dry, worn, but otherwise quite wonderful...:) Pic below.

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    I got a 36-oz tub of Pecards. I never go small, lol. Pic below shows how much I used on this jacket. Maybe 1.5-in worth of stuff. I applied it quite liberally to sub-divided panels, used hair dryer to melt it, and massaged it into the warm leather. Some panels drank it up, with some it took a bit longer. After about 3 hours the jacket was done, and slightly tacky. No smell whatsoever.

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    After hanging overnight, no tack whatsoever. Leather is darker, supple, no longer squeaky and cardboard-stiff. The sheen was restored, the worn areas still visible if you look for them, but also darker.

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    On the last pic you can see the worn areas are still there, so the character was not lost. The grain is more pronounced. I like Pecards to Obenaufs because a jacket treated with the latter was oily for weeks (I know, I overdid, I never go small, lol), and I like a total lack of smell of Pecards.
     
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  14. JMax

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    ^^^Thats the pecards (I’m pretty sure all the differently labeled Pecard containers carry the same stuff, or are quite similar) I use on my boots. Awesome stuff.

    The other one I have used on vintage jackets is Jackson’s Hide Rejuvenator— one of my favorites.
     
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  15. navetsea

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    So thats how pecards duck looks like, a bit thicker from what i imagine. I treat mine with leather lotion pour a coin size on the palm of my hand, then use my fingers to apply on the jacket, or mink oil balm it comes with sponge applicator. I use them as if they are made from gold.
     
  16. Will Zach

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    ^^
    Yes, it is quite thick, like hair pomade or something. Pecards should really be recommending the hair dryer method of application - it is much quicker than rubbing in with your fingers, which I found ridiculous. Heat from hair dryer melts the wax into a low viscosity liquid and it goes in quick and deep. Great stuff. Will darken the leather a shade or two.
    PS _ I read several reports on the web that sometimes Pecards leaves behind a white residue that is difficult to remove. Nothing like that happened in my case and I stuffed the belt full of Pecards because it was dry and worn. I admit I do not understand this white residue business.
     
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  17. handymike

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    It does! And you have to buff it out.
    Also, the color darkening fades in a few months. DR. Jackson’s has better color retention.
     
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  18. Wasn't it John Chapman who recommended 'Vaseline' as his favorite leather conditioner?
     
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  19. Seb Lucas

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    Yes it was. I find with Pecards - which is perfectly fine - that it fades away after few months and the jacket looks pretty much as it did before treatment. I don't think that an greasy looking jacket signifies a 'fix.' I've used Vaseline and it seems to be about the same as Pecards. Also Harley Davidson leather dressing is Pecards with a re-branding.
     
  20. Will Zach

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    ^^
    So to they say. Pecards certainly feels like good ole Vaseline, in which case they make a mint at these prices. I do think they add some waxes to it though, maybe some beeswax or some such. But the bulk feels like Vaseline.
     

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