Wash my Eastman A-2 horsehide jacket

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  1. puiyc1203

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    I recently wash my eastman 27752 A-2 horsehide jacket
    As I bought it on September I think, it was too new, thick coating, quite hard like a plastic.
    and this one is only warhorse horsehide instead of Vintage warhorse horsehide (trademark owned by Eastman). It has less crinkly, broken, worn leather.
    I dont feel comfortable wearing it. I decide to do some aging on it.
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    hopefully the pictures are uploading correctly
    i use imgbb instead of imgur this time. imgur blocks upload from hk and china.
    I applied cold water for the first time and wash for 10mins. the pigment came out slowly. I put my chest patch with it for i found its color too bright which i prefer deeper brown.
    the jacket absorbed water quickly, in and out. Turned soft, dark brown.
    I hang it up in my bathroom and used the fan heater for drying. The confined space is small it took around 6 hours to dry the jacket.
    But the result is not desirable. The jacket resulted like a dry aged steak. not available for wearing, and the color change is minor, my knit is 100% wool, damaged for it is too vulnerable in low humidity
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    therefore, i do it again on the second day
    i use hot water, around 50 degree celcius, wash for 5mins
    the pigment came out quick, leather softened
    this time I did not use a hanger, i put it on the floor and dry naturally. my room humidity is around 45% (measured by my air cleaner)
    it takes around a day to dry the jacket
    the pic i put on the jacket is around 70%-80% dried, the color turned gradually from dark brown to light brown, this process is really beautiful.
    Since the hardening of the leather would speed up when the moisture almost come out. It is necessary to wear your jacket earlier to re-shape it tailored to your body shape.
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    12 hours later, which is 36 hours since 2nd wash
    the jacket is 95% dried, only the pockets are not complete, (filled with some tissue is will do the work)
    the color and the hardness become steady,and as I kept wearing it. the shape fit well to my body
    Forgot to mention, I brush the jacket. Remember to brush the it following the direction of the creases, not randomly. It gives beautiful color changes as I wish since the pigment is not completely dried yet.
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    Compared to where it starts, I would say it is pretty successful and satisfactory.
    After wash, it is little bit dry. I would apply the saphir lotion to soothen the leather for moistureproof and mothproof

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    It takes some courage to put a new Eastman through the wash like that...as it is a beautiful jacket to start. It turned out really nice and you seem happy with the changes and that what matters most.
    Its a shame that the knits on a new jacket show such damage after just getting wet, although I have heard the Eastman knits are not the best. Thanks for sharing the process
     
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    because it is very thin and 100% wool, better mix with polyester. But its fine because i could find a supplier to replace one or fix it.
    making this decision is not easy. But I have 4 eastman jackets. and my friend wash his toys mccoy a-2 and freewheelers centinela, i think i should give it a try lol. Fortunately the result turns out fantastic.
     
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    I think it came out very nicely.
     
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    I bought the Tomorrow Never Dies James Bond jacket from Wested Leather in the UK. The first one was a large because they told me they ran small. NOT. It was falling off of me at the shoulder and went down way past my knees.

    That one went back and they sent a medium which was still at least a 44 and fit like a bag. All of these coats run large or extra large.

    I stuck it in the washing machine on the gentle cycle in hot water, no detergent, and let that cycle run. I put it in the dryer for about 45 minutes, took it out and hung it while smoothing the wrinkles and let it air dray for two more days.

    I used Lexol to condition the leather before it fully dried, and then again after it was dry.

    It came out to a perfect 40 with room for a sweater underneath. Now why they couldn't just make a medium without all of this hassle is beyond me, but I'm now leery of ordering from Wested again for any leather coat or jacket.

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    it is indeed necessary to reconfirm the measurements with the company before any purchases. I prefer relaxed fit on my coat and a-2 jacket, and slim fit for my motocycle jacket. As I seen from the pics, I think the coat fit you well. The shoulder area is not filled completely. I would suggest wearing a suit inside. Either business or casual suit do help to create a layering outfit. Hope this help.
     
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    MichaelRhB One of the Regulars

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    You should have seen it on me before I shrunk it.
     
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    007 would be proud......:rolleyes:
     
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