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Restoring old saddleswspokes
Jul 10, 2003 3:54 AM
Any advice on how to re-coup or revive an old leather saddle? I have an old Titanic (if anyone knows anything about these, let me know also) and the leather is a bit weathered. It came on my 49 Vicini. cracked, worn, no tears. I have some leather treatment stuff I will probably start to rub on over and over and over again...any secrets solutions would be appreciated.
If all else fails, call in the pros?Humma Hah
Jul 10, 2003 6:12 AM
I would rather eat the leather....I need a cheaper solution! nmwspokes
Jul 10, 2003 6:23 AM
Mink oil, then, but ...Humma Hah
Jul 10, 2003 6:47 AM
... There are any number of compounds available that re-moisturize and soften leather, the best of which contain "mink oil" (no minks are harmed ... I believe the concoction was originally used to soften mink pelts).

I caution that this may reduce the ability of the leather to bear tension. Anyone who has conditioned leather with it caution to use it sparingly and infrequently.

Or just use Brooks Proofide. They claim it is best, does not weaken the leather, and they've been making leather saddles since, what, 1869?
Actually, mink oil comes from minksAldo Ross
Jul 11, 2003 6:02 AM
That's right - real mink oil is extracted from the fatty underskin of minks. There are 4 or 5 different grades. Some imitation "mink oils" on the market contain little or no real mink oil - these are the products that are most likely to harm leather products over the long term.
NOT MINK OIL !!!!!!!Alexx
Jul 10, 2003 1:19 PM
Unless you want your @$$ to be greasy every time you ride, at least! Besides, all mink oil does to leather is waterproof it (and stink it up, too). What you need is something called NEATSFOOT OIL. You can buy it at any leather supply store, tack shop, and even some of the better shoe repair places. There is a verion by Lexol called Neatsfoot NF, and this is guaranteed to not change the color of the leather.
NOT MINK OIL !!!!!!!wspokes
Jul 11, 2003 3:29 AM
Thanks for the advice...I don't want my saddle stinkin' like a minkin. Looks like I will look for some neatsfoot oil.
NOT Neatsfoot OIL !!!!!!!curlybike
Jul 12, 2003 8:17 AM
It will cause excessive softening and stretching of the cover, get the Proofhide.
YES Neatsfoot OIL !!!!!!!Alexx
Jul 13, 2003 1:12 PM
Proofhide is best for saddles that are IN GOOD CONDITION. Proofhide won't do sh!t for dried out leather. Neatsfoot oil is the best stuff to use if your leather is in need of some SERIOUS moisturizing!