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Jun 13th 2017, 12:21 PM   #16
 HalcyonSon's Avatar
 
  Apr 2016
  Renton

Finally picked up some Saddle Soap and Obenauf's for my beat up old Alpinestars jacket. Everyone's seen the thing, ten years old and going gray from too many rainstorms and scuffs.

I had a good laugh at some of the Amazon reviews for both. People gripe that Saddle Soap leaves leather with a caked and dry crust. I certainly don't want to meet these people on the street, because they do not understand how soap works. Ya have to rinse it off... Must be the same folks griping about the wax too, since they don't understand that you can buff it out to get rid of the stickiness and get back the shine.
Jun 13th 2017, 12:24 PM   #17
 HalcyonSon's Avatar
 
  Apr 2016
  Renton

Quote:
Originally Posted by Parilla125
One piece and sectionals or jackets. In the washing machine with light soap then run a cycle with leather conditioner. Hang and air dry with a boot dryer in the legs (one piece) so it goes up into them.
Takes a couple days to dry out but they are clean and soft. Smell good too! Tightens them up slightly unless you dry too quickly then they tighten up more!
Never would have thought to put leather through a washer... I don't worry about mine getting wet in the rain, but the washer sounds awfully harsh.
Jun 13th 2017, 12:39 PM   #18
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  Jan 2016
  Lebanon, OR

  2014 Interceptor, 2012 ZX6R
Nikwax and occasionally by dragging them across the pavement with 200lbs of meat inside.
Jun 13th 2017, 12:54 PM   #19
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  Feb 2016
  Ferndale, WA

  Big-Block Dinosaurs
I dunk 'em in the bathtub in a weak-ish solution of lukewarm water and Woolite for a few hours. Swish them around every 30 minutes or so.

Bug guts loosen up in the first 30-40 minutes, scrub the tough ones with an old toothbrush.
Then turn them inside-out and scrub/knead the liner a bit - you'll be amazed at how much cloudy salt/sweat comes out, it's nasty! Dump out the dirty soap/water, and give them a quick refill/swish/rinse w/ clear water.

Pull them out, and blot out as much water as you can with several old towels. A 1-piece suit absorbs quarts of water.
Hang 'em dry in front of a fan or outside on a warm breezy day. I alternate them inside-out, to help the liner dry.

I start rubbing Lexol Conditioner into the leather while still just slightly damp, then a more thorough rubdown with Lexol when fully dry.
The whole process takes a full day or three. Good Luck!

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Jun 13th 2017, 01:47 PM   #20
 HalcyonSon's Avatar
 
  Apr 2016
  Renton

Quote:
Originally Posted by TedR
Then turn them inside-out and scrub/knead the liner a bit - you'll be amazed at how much cloudy salt/sweat comes out, it's nasty! Dump out the dirty soap/water, and give them a quick refill/swish/rinse w/ clear water.
EEewwww

I've only ever had two types of leather gear get bad INSIDE. Heavy bag gloves, and farm work gloves. I just don't sweat enough on the bike for my gear to get grimy.
Jun 13th 2017, 02:14 PM   #21
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  Feb 2016
  Ferndale, WA

  Big-Block Dinosaurs
Quote:
Originally Posted by HalcyonSon
EEewwww

I've only ever had two types of leather gear get bad INSIDE. Heavy bag gloves, and farm work gloves. I just don't sweat enough on the bike for my gear to get grimy.
I sweat. A LOT. Especially in a 1-pc. suit.
A genetic gift from my folks, I suppose. Gee, thanks Mom and Dad...

I've washed three (used) suits this way, same response from each one.
I'd read that sharp-edged, crystallized salt from sweat plays a significant role in leather degradation, it literally saws at the fibers at the microscopic level. Which is why soaking is more effective than topical cleaners, ya gotta dissolve the salt out.

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Jun 13th 2017, 02:56 PM   #22
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  Jan 2016
  here

  there
HA...wash my leathers...
Jun 13th 2017, 02:58 PM   #23
 Tripledij's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Custer WA

  Aprilia Tuono 1100
I don't wash mine. Is that why I always have to ride sweep?
Jun 14th 2017, 07:32 AM   #24
 lazyeye's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Lebanon, OR

  2014 Interceptor, 2012 ZX6R
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tripledij
I don't wash mine. Is that why I always have to ride sweep?
No, its because your Ape is slow and breaks down. /s
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Jun 14th 2017, 07:45 AM   #25
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  Jan 2016
  Custer WA

  Aprilia Tuono 1100
Jun 14th 2017, 12:35 PM   #26
 Sentinel's Avatar
 
  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2015 Kawasaki Concours 14 - The Origame Dragon
I try and put its needs first, always remember birthdays and anniversaries, make time for "us", and remember to cuddle after every ride.
Jun 14th 2017, 02:01 PM   #27
 HalcyonSon's Avatar
 
  Apr 2016
  Renton

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sentinel
I try and put its needs first, always remember birthdays and anniversaries, make time for "us", and remember to cuddle after every ride.
Tsk bleeding heart.... Ride it hard and put it up wet in the back of a dark closet.
Jun 14th 2017, 02:47 PM   #28
 
  Mar 2016
  Columbia River Gorge

  Ninja 1000
I found that not crashing works pretty well.
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Jun 15th 2017, 07:55 AM   #29
 HalcyonSon's Avatar
 
  Apr 2016
  Renton

Saddle Soap and first coat of Obenauf's LP is done. The Soap left my jacket clean but a touch dry, though not crusty or anything. Had to change my rinse water three times because it turned black from road grime with a blue tinge from dye out of the really rough areas. The color really popped while wet after getting rid of the grime but then faded as it dried. The first coat of Obenauf's soaked right in with just the heat from my hands and I found a busted seem that is otherwise invisible. I hit it with a hairdryer all over after its massage to help any leftover goop melt down. The colors deepened, but now that it's dry they're a bit flat and the feel is slightly greasy / tacky. Hoping to get the second coat and some buffing in tonight. Already the jacket is much improved, softer and more flexible than it's been for a while. All-in-all the process is going exactly like any other leather reconditioning. The only people I can see being disappointed are the type that buy insanely light yellow / sand colored boots and expect them to stay that way forever.
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Jun 16th 2017, 08:13 PM   #30
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  Jan 2016
  Beaverton

  With a grin on my face
I clean the outside with vinegar, wipe it with tap water and condition it with mink oil. Once a year, I remove the armor from my jacket, turn it inside out, spray about half a can of lysol on the inside surfaces and hang it up wrapped in a trash bag overnight to help deodorize it.
I do the same routine on all four of my cats and both my children.
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