Ultimate Leather Conditioner Comparison (on Reddit)

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by Monitor, Sep 20, 2020.

  1. Cornelius

    Cornelius Practically Family

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    Very curious to see how this turns out... please be sure to take some proper 'Before' & 'After' pics with same lighting & backdrop in each.
     
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  2. Morecowbell

    Morecowbell New in Town

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    Hi everyone -

    First post so please be gentle. I just acquired this beast and am trying to figure out what leather conditioner to use on it. Its a Bronco A-2 in pretty rough shape, have been told its HH. I've had one recommendation from a knowledgeable person of a beeswax/carnuba polish, however that product is out of stock at the moment and TBH it seems to need more of a drink than a polish. Since a lot of the finish is gone I'm really just concerned about preservation if possible - any advice would be welcome, particularly any product or substance to avoid using on it.

    Thanks!
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  3. handymike

    handymike I'll Lock Up

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    Stay away from the wax on this one. Because of the loss of the finish, I would contact Dave Sheeley (@Maverickson). He restores these as well as makes new jackets. There might be more going on and you don’t want to “seal in” any problems.
     
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  4. TooManyHatsOnlyOneHead

    TooManyHatsOnlyOneHead Practically Family

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    good advice here. Looks like the top coat is gone. Is the finish more "suede" feeling? Definitely consult an expert in restoring.
     
  5. Morecowbell

    Morecowbell New in Town

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    Yes, exactly. Runs the gamut from finish to partial finish to suede
     
  6. Peacoat

    Peacoat Bartender Bartender

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    We have needed more cowbell around here for a long time. Glad you decided to join us. Welcome to TFL.

    I agree with @handymike about contacting an expert. For the normal thirsty jacket, I would just recommend Pecard, or some other quality preservative, and be done with it. But with the loss of the top coat, a different approach might be needed.
     
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  7. Morecowbell

    Morecowbell New in Town

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    Quick update - I fixed the tear, reinforced the upper left chest and sleeve, and moisturized with ADV Leather moisturizer. So far so good...and now if it keeps falling apart I can just keep fixing it :D

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    The patch:
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    Special thanks to Ken at Aero Leather, Barb at Leather Care & Color and Jason at ADV Leather for all their time and help!

    Clay
     
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