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May 14th 2017, 04:27 PM   #16
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  Feb 2016
  Poulsbo, WA

  Aprilia RSV Mille, CB77, CB750K, CB750F
Today I went to clean up the leather with acetone and realized there are small stretch Kevlar panels on the insides of the sleeves that need a redye too, duoh! The calf panels came out darker but still a bit faded after rinsing and drying, so I plan to do one more session of dye and rinse on all the panels. Then it will be on to cleaning the leather with an acetone wipe, feeding it and stitching down the loose patches. I tracked down a reasonably priced piece of full grain 1.4 mm leather on ebay and my plan is to use that to make a triangular patch similar to the existing ones for the thin spots on the sleeve. Not much to show, so I'll put up a pick of another project, my Dainese MC202 two piece suit


Edited by DocB on May 14th 2017 at 04:39 PM
May 14th 2017, 05:13 PM   #17
 
  Apr 2016
  Bellingham

  K12RS, KTM 1290
Holy shit!
May 14th 2017, 06:12 PM   #18
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  Jan 2016
  Moses Lake, WA

  2013 Kawasaki Concours C-14, 2005 ZX-10R Kawasaki (Nekkid), '99 Yamaha TW-200
Bikkety Bow!!!
May 15th 2017, 08:49 AM   #19
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  Apr 2016
  Auburn, WA

  ...1987 Yamaha FZR1000...
Hey Doc,

I'm guessing that you have a favorite leather preservative. That said, here is another that you may not have thought of:

Obenauf's boot grease (wax?) was my absolute favorite to use on my fire-fighting boots. I worked for the Forest Service for a decade. It's mostly bees wax and pine tar; nothing to oxidize or go rancid. Great waterproofer, and really brings back/maintains flexibility.

It's a pain to use; warm the leather thouroughly, wipe on generously, let soak in, repeat. It will also darken the leather some. All that said; if you have ever seen what wild-land firefighters put their boots through, you'll know that the result is worth the effort.

My $0.02
May 15th 2017, 09:53 AM   #20
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  Feb 2016
  Poulsbo, WA

  Aprilia RSV Mille, CB77, CB750K, CB750F
I have used beeswax. I did some Held Galaxy gloves with it, melted in the microwave and rubbed on. My only issue was that they were really sticky for a while. It does work well as waterproofing and does indeed soften the leather. The easy way to source it is to buy a beeswax toilet flange at Home Depot for a buck or two.
May 23rd 2017, 09:48 PM   #21
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  Feb 2016
  Poulsbo, WA

  Aprilia RSV Mille, CB77, CB750K, CB750F
I've been working through one of the more tedious parts of the restoration. Lots of threads were ground off of the right sleeve and needed to be restitched. I have yet to find a suitable sewing machine and so all of this was done by hand. You can also spot two places where there were tiny tears in the leather that were stitched together. Around them are also some narrow strips where elbow creases were thinned a little from abrasion. Those areas appear darker in the pic due to being filled in with urethane. That seems to be working pretty well, it's a bit more difficult to sand smooth than the surrounding leather so it should hold up OK if the suit goes down again.


Trying to find the old stitch holes from inside the sleeve is extremely tedious, but I eventually developed a feel for when the needle was hitting the old hole. My needle is a little bigger than optimal and pushing it thru two layers of leather is work. I rigged up a thimble using a penny and electrician's tape wrapped around the middle of my middle finger. The thread is Dyneema, which is abrasion resistant.

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May 27th 2017, 04:33 PM   #22
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  Feb 2016
  Poulsbo, WA

  Aprilia RSV Mille, CB77, CB750K, CB750F
While I am taking a little break from hand sewing the rest of the Vanson repairs with my arthritic hands, I am doing up a set of race duds for Pavement Tested. We're matching the color scheme of the jacket I did for him last season, which is also the color scheme of his track bike. I have a couple days before enough dye arrives to do up his Astars one piece, and so today I thought I would get the gloves done with the dye I have on hand. Here's the original blue/white/black color scheme.



The glove leather is in good shape, so I just needed to give them a good clean and prep. White leather is nice to have for changing to a neon color, otherwise I would have had to lay down a white base coat before doing the neon yellow. Here's one that is almost complete - just waiting to get its sealer coat.

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May 27th 2017, 05:34 PM   #23
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  Jan 2016
  Bremerton

  '12 Concours14, '08 GSX1300R, '06 GSX-R 750
I am TOTALLY diggin it Dan! Thanks so much for taking on the project. It's gonna look kick ass!
May 28th 2017, 01:03 AM   #24
 
  Jan 2016
  Newcastle, WA

  1995 Suzuki Katana
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Jun 1st 2017, 06:02 PM   #25
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  Feb 2016
  Poulsbo, WA

  Aprilia RSV Mille, CB77, CB750K, CB750F
Here's a before and after of the suit (Alpinestars Octane one piece) that goes with the gloves mentioned above.







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Jun 1st 2017, 06:10 PM   #26
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  Jan 2016
  Bremerton

  '12 Concours14, '08 GSX1300R, '06 GSX-R 750
Hell! YES!
Jun 1st 2017, 06:22 PM   #27
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  Jan 2016
  welches, Oregon

  2008 Kawasaki Versys (Sylvester), 1972 Suzuki RV90 (vanvan), 1981 Honda TwinStar (Bobber),yamaha 225
you doing amazing work man keep it up
Jun 20th 2017, 09:20 PM   #28
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  Feb 2016
  Poulsbo, WA

  Aprilia RSV Mille, CB77, CB750K, CB750F
Far too many projects at the moment. But I have found time here and there to chip away at the repairs needed on this Vanson suit before I can put the dye job on. Tonight I did one of the last steps. One of the letter "n"s had been torn in a slide. I have painted in the missing parts of a letter before with pretty good results. But then I remembered my new laser cutter. Took a photo of a good letter on the suit and put it in Corel draw. Laid a Text "n" over it on another layer and carefully sized it to the same proportions. Then I measured the good letter on the suit and sized the image accordingly. A couple test burns on cardboard and I had the right size and shape. I put in a scrap of top grain leather I had and hit full power. Three passes almost cut thru, and so I pulled the leather out and easily did the final cut with scissors. Removed the last of the old torn letter, and applied the new one with urethane.

(Sorry for the sideways image, the damned editing software in the media library on my server is completely dumb when it comes to square format image rotation)

You can see that I have started to lay on the white undercoat on the areas that will change color. It will take two or three more coats to build that to the proper opacity and then I will start to lay on finish colors. I'm going to try a new technique, which I will surprise you all with - if it works...
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Jun 21st 2017, 09:41 AM   #29
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  Jan 2016
  space needle

I think Lexol is a waste of money. Use Leather honey instead. Worked fantastic on my old dried out suit.

Quote:
Originally Posted by DocB
. I'm going to try a new technique, which I will surprise you all with - if it works...
you trained your dog to paint it for you? ;P
Jun 21st 2017, 10:53 AM   #30
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  Feb 2016
  Poulsbo, WA

  Aprilia RSV Mille, CB77, CB750K, CB750F
I'm sure it's very good stuff, even though I can't find any info on what is actually in it. I will give it a try. My only concern is that "Honey" probably = beeswax. If so, putting that on leather before trying to redye it might be problematic.
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