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Old 03-16-2013, 07:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How to soften a leather jacket

I bought a used leather jacket off ebay and its a great jacket but it is stiff. What can I put on it to soften it up? It's a black and orange with white trim jacket.
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Old 03-16-2013, 07:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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wear it everyday for a year.
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Old 03-16-2013, 07:52 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Fold or roll it and sit on it evertime you sit down at home. Change the fold or roll every few days. Might want to treat with leather conditioner like feibings (sp) or lexol. Only other way was like Bagga said. I did this to my Fox Creek vest while I was on the computer and it loosened up and now just hangs off me. The Fox Creek is super high quality robust leather.
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Old 03-16-2013, 09:25 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Obenauf's leather Care. Get the oil. Works on leather jackets, chaps, boots and anything else made of leather.
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Old 03-16-2013, 10:34 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Vaseline. Rub it in, wipe off with an old towel. Touch up bare spots and edges with shoe polish first.
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Old 03-16-2013, 11:26 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I use the clear Harley leather treatment stuff that comes in a tub on all kinds of leather products. Road King Classic and Custom saddlebags, leather chaps, leather jackets, leather seats, my boots and other leather things. Apply liberally and let it set overnight and then wipe off the excess. It helps make it water resistant also.
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Be cautious with using petrolium based lubricants. If the stitching is synthetic (like nylon) the petrolium will weaken it over time. These type of lubricants will also clog up the leather, preventing it from breathing.
Just use a good leather conditioning oil. Slather the oil on with your hands and let the jacket sit overnight and wipe off any excess the next day. With regular wear and oiling it will get more flexible.
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My friend Ed tells me you are supposed to drag it on the road behind your bike for about 100 miles before you wear it.
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I have always used "Mink Oil" just roll yur honey up in it & throw the jacket into bed ... you know the rest .... comes out soft as hell & if it doesnt the first time do it again
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I have always used "Mink Oil" just roll yur honey up in it & throw the jacket into bed ... you know the rest .... comes out soft as hell & if it doesnt the first time do it again
Ditto on the Mink oil. Rub it on and let it soak in, wear it and repeat. Have always used mink oil (for years) on all my leather goods. Boots, ball glove, jacket, chaps. It will darken lighter colored leathers, but it works.
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My friend Ed tells me you are supposed to drag it on the road behind your bike for about 100 miles before you wear it.
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I have used mink oil for years too. Seems like the newer stuff isn't as good as the old stuff, but still works well.
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My friend Ed tells me you are supposed to drag it on the road behind your bike for about 100 miles before you wear it.
BEFORE you wear it??? I sure could've saved myself some road rash.

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I use the clear Harley leather treatment stuff that comes in a tub on all kinds of leather products. Road King Classic and Custom saddlebags, leather chaps, leather jackets, leather seats, my boots and other leather things. Apply liberally and let it set overnight and then wipe off the excess. It helps make it water resistant also.
Been using the same thing for quite some time with very good results.
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I use Dr. Jacksons Hide Rejuvinator then SNOSEAL. Both can be found at a shoe store or leather (Tandy) store. I usually put the leather in the sun to get warm or in the oven on it's lowest setting then apply with a old sock and a old toothbrush (get in seams). Use Dr Jacksons first then SNOSEAL then very light coat of shoe polish. Never use mink oil or other petroleum based products as it eats the seam threads. I use these products on all my leathers (saddlebags too) and have ridden thru DOWNPOURS and stayed dry.
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