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May 14th 2017, 03:27 PM   #16
 DocB's Avatar
  Feb 2016
  Poulsbo, WA

  Aprilia RSV Mille, CBR600F, CB77, CB750K
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 03:39 PM
May 14th 2017, 04:13 PM   #17
  Apr 2016

  K12RS, RSV Factory R
Holy shit!
May 14th 2017, 05:12 PM   #18
 ZXtasy's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  Moses Lake, WA

  2008 EX-650R Kawasaki 'Fighter, 2005 ZX-10R Kawasaki 'Fighter, '12/99 Yamaha TW-200
Bikkety Bow!!!
May 15th 2017, 07:49 AM   #19
 curve addict's Avatar
  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, 08:53 AM   #20
 DocB's Avatar
  Feb 2016
  Poulsbo, WA

  Aprilia RSV Mille, CBR600F, CB77, CB750K
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, 08:48 PM   #21
 DocB's Avatar
  Feb 2016
  Poulsbo, WA

  Aprilia RSV Mille, CBR600F, CB77, CB750K
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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