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Old 10-13-2008, 07:05 AM
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whata I do for real leather?

Here I am with my hat in my hand again, hope you guys can help me.
I bough a belt and hoister for a 22 six shooter in Mexico about 20 3 years ago and I want to past it on to my grand son. The problem id that its turn stiff since then and I was wanting to work something into it that would soften it up. Now this a real hand tooled leather. I though maybe something like saddle soap maybe. Now I more of a love (of life) so I'll need a step by step guild line about when and how to. Time shouldn't be a problem, I was planning for Christmas this year. The gun is a Harrison-Richards ant. finish, 6 in. barrel, double action if thats of help. Also the hoister is firmly attacked. thanks guys, and Dolls

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This will probably sound crazy to you but trust me, it works great!

I used to ride and show horses and mules a lot and consequently I had to keep my saddles and equipment in top shape - - both appearance and functional.

I always used "transmission fluid" to preserve and keep the leather supple and only used saddle soap when something got real dirty do to muddy conditions or heavy sweating.

Another advantage is that the transmission fluid doesn't darken the leather like some of the other "made for leather products" do and it is danged sure cheap enuff.

Hope this helps you some !

"water is NOT good for leather" !

OH, one more thing - - feel free to use a paint brush and mop it on liberally then let it sit and penetrate - - - - then take a soft rag and buff it out - - - be sure and wipe off the excess inside the holster so it doesn't get all over the gun - - it won't hurt it or the finish - - never had any trouble using it over the silver and stainless and metal hardware on saddles, bridles, halters, spurs and etc.

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Leather Reconditioning

With all due respect, please, please do not do the transmission fluid thing. Please.

Leather can absolutely be brought back. Here's how.

Go on-line to either Leatherique (http://www.leatherique.com/) and read their instructions about how to restore leather with their Rejuvenating Oil and Pristine Clean. Great products.

Another great company is Color Plus (http://www.colorplus.com/index.html) and again read their tutorial on their Super Cleaner and Soffener. Again, great company great products. These WILL restore your leather.

Another way to do it is to go to a farm supply house and get Neats Foot Oil. Again, very good product but not on a par with the specialty stuff mentioned above. However, the Neats Foot Oil may be all you need.

But transmission fluid? Please. Don't do that to something you value.
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Go to a western wear or boot shop, maybe even a good shoe repair shop and get a bottle of " Bick 4" and work it in. Works great on shoes too. Jack
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There's probably no doubt that the products mentioned above work and work well because they are de$igned for leather - - - - but so does the transmission fluid !

However, you are the one doing this and it is for your "GRAND SON" and that makes it even more special so good luck with what ever you choose.

I'm thru here
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I always use Mink or Neatsfoot Oil.
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Neatsfoot Oil has been around as long as I can remember and it is great for "working leather" such as harnesses, dog collars, holsters, scabbards etc. I would never use it on the Mexican Ornamental leather works of years ago. It will darken the leather and cause it to loose a lot of it's shape. As mentioned earlier, Saddle Soap is a cleaner, not a conditioner/preservative. Never heard of the tranny fluid application, but will try it on a couple of old dog collars to see what it does. Maybe it will help my old dog shift gears a little better.

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OK the obvious question that comes to mind with the transmission fluid treatment is...............What about the smell?

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I second the mink oil. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mink_oil

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do yourself a BIG favor and use LEXOL leather softener.
http://www.justskates.com/Lexol.html
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Neatsfoot oil works very well, I used it on saddles and bridles for years. Apply it with a soft rag (liberally) and let it soak. Keep applying until the leather has the suppleness you want. Then I used Dubbin for maintinence and waterproofing after.
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Just some more info.... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neatsfoot_oil
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I put Vaseline on some leather and let it sit for a few days. The Vaseline will stay put and you can put it on thick so it will soak in. I let it sit over night and then use some leather cleaner. I have had good luck and it doesn't smell that bad.
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