Leather maintenance

How to restore antique arms & repair practice swords.

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B.Ko
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Leather maintenance

Post by B.Ko » Fri Aug 31, 2007 5:39 pm

How should one care for the leather on leather covered scabbards???

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Post by HomoCaballus » Wed Feb 20, 2008 3:36 am

Buenas,

I have loads of sadlery and live in a harsh climate for leather. The best is to clean it with a most cloth, use a natural soap diluted in cold water if necessary and wipe it without soap.
Be carefull with, try to avoid, using soap on one spot only.
Using destilled water stains even less but if you are easy on the moisture as you should there realy is no need for it.

'Dubbin' is a time honoured maintenance product that will not affect metal or wooden parts. Take care not to soak the leather as it will become too soft and also the excess grease/oil will seap into the wood.
It is better to wipe the leather a few times lightly then apply the Dubbin thickly in one go.

peter

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Post by fzara2000 » Fri Mar 07, 2008 10:11 am

Other nice options for leather care are:

1. Saddle soap for washing.

2. 3M scothguard to make it waterproof.

3. Peckard's antique leather dressing to give it a natural shine and prevent it from cracking.

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