Originally Posted by Isolation
Also thought I'd ask while in at it, I've only had my 256 for less than a year, so I don't know much about maintenance, as mines pretty new. Is waxing and conditioning or otherwise using products on the bag as part of regular maintenance necessary or recommended? If so what products and method should I use?
Saddlesoap for the leather.. Obenhauf's LP is one of the best but if you don't clean the leather first you shellac the dirt into the leather and eventually that will ruin it. That is what the CEO of White's boots said in an interview I read. Saddlesoap cleans and conditions at the same time so it makes the chore much easier. Obenhaufs also sells a leather cleaner if you want to use that.but Saddlesoap is really what you want to use on bridle leather. Over-treating leather with oil or LP will ruin it. It gets spongy and then cracks and tears. Use common sense.
Unless you're dragging you're luggage around in a swamp all the time and getting it wet and covered with mud I'd say Saddlesoap a few times a year is enough of maintenance which reminds me that I need to Saddlesoap my field bag and briefcase. I've only done it about 3 times in the last 10+ years with one application of LP and a few oilings added in there. That was before I really did any real reading on leather care. For bridle leather it's only Saddlesoap for me from here on out. Oil and Obenhauf's is for boots and even for boots Obenhauf's LP needs to be used sparingly and only if you're using them in wet conditions.
I have a few Filson pieces of luggage that are around ten years old. I've only re-waxed them once and the briefcase and fieldbag have been used everyday for that ten years. I just put them in the tub and scrubbed all the loose dirt off of them inside and out, rinsed them off inside and out waited a couple of days for them to dry and then spent a few hours re-waxing them with Filson's wax by hand. You can heat the wax up and brush it on then throw them in the dryer for about 15 to 20 minutes but I wouldn't worry about re-waxing for a few years at least unless you're constantly running around in the rain and getting them covered with mud to the point you're always having to scrub them clean.
The dryer is necessary to spread the wax and help it soak into the fibers even though you should use a hair dryer when applying it or you'll end up with white spots and streaks all over the piece of you brush it on. The heat helps the wax soak into the material. My extra large fFilson rolling duffle looks like crap because it was too big to re-wax it by hand and I haven't found a dryer big enough to put it in. The same wax and dryer treatment works on their waxed clothing also. I did it on my rain jacket. I did make my own homemade wax that I used on the extra large duffle and the rain jacket.
One last thing. You're wife ain't gonna like it too much if you throw something you just re-waxed in her dryer. Especially if you make you're own wax like I did and don't add enough of the right "scented wax" to it. My rain jacket stunk for months of linseed oil. I was embarrassed to wear it for some time. You could smell that thing coming from 100yds away if you were downwind and when it got down around 0 degrees it was real stiff. It's more waterproof though with my home made stuff. The Filson wax smells much better and is more pliable when freezing temps are the norm although it costs about 10 times the price of making you're own.
Luckily, I don't work in an office. They would have banned that jacket from the building. It's OK now about 6 months later.
Edited by trvlr472 - 5/23/14 at 12:25am