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Proper Care for Lambskin Leather Jacket?

post #1 of 39
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I recently picked up a nice RLPL brown leather jacket, made with 100% lambskin

I notice the leather is extremely soft and buttery, but susceptible to scuffing

Are there any secrets you guys use for this particular type of leather? Because I'm guessing normal conditioners, cleaners, and protectants will not be safe to use.

Or should I just not bother, live with the scratching/scuffing, and let it develop character over time?
post #2 of 39
I find that whatever I use with leather like that only makes things worse so I've given up. I prefer things to develop a bit of character and try not to worry about it too much. Of course if there's any major problems I'd take it to a specialist...
post #3 of 39
I bought a beautiful RLPL light beige lambskin jacket a few years ago. It's nice but very delicate and stains easily -- best not to get it dirty or wet. Blue Magic spray leather cleaner (sold at auto supply places for leather cars seats) works well for removing discoloration that will inevitably happen around the cuffs and collar. Spray leather protector may help, but test it out on a hidden part of the jacket first. Don't worry too much about it and enjoy the character it will acquire over time from wearing it.

Hope this helps,

Twotone
post #4 of 39
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Originally Posted by Twotone View Post
I bought a beautiful RLPL light beige lambskin jacket a few years ago. It's nice but very delicate and stains easily -- best not to get it dirty or wet. Blue Magic spray leather cleaner (sold at auto supply places for leather cars seats) works well for removing discoloration that will inevitably happen around the cuffs and collar. Spray leather protector may help, but test it out on a hidden part of the jacket first. Don't worry too much about it and enjoy the character it will acquire over time from wearing it.

Hope this helps,

Twotone

Thanks

Did you waterproof your RLPL jacket?

And if so, with what?
post #5 of 39
Thread Starter 
I did some more research and came across this recommendation:

Lexol Conditioner



Anyone tried this with lambskin and have good results?

They also offer this product below:

Lexol neatsfoot which says it is for "the finest leathers"


Think I should go w/ the latter?
post #6 of 39
Thread Starter 
Well I ordered the latter of the two and received the lexol "neatsfoot" conditioner. However, on the back, the very last line says, do not use on "glove soft" leather ...

Not sure what that means, but I guess I'll call Lexol tomorrow to see if this is the right product for lambskin. I know there's the "test it out in a hidden spot" technique, but who knows what the chemicals will do in the long run?

Anyone else have a lambskin leather jacket and found a solid conditioner and water repellant?
post #7 of 39
Thread Starter 
FYI:

I contacted Lexol to ask about their Neatsfoot-nf product (seen here)

She told me that it is safe to use on lambskin leather jackets for conditioning purposes

I'm going to do a color-fast test tonight and then if that goes well, condition the entire jacket using a terry cloth or maybe a soft sponge
post #8 of 39
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Well I got impatient and instead of waiting for the colorfast test to finish, I went ahead and applied an entire coat of the lexol neatsfoot blend to my jacket

And of course.. contrary to the description on the bottle and the customer service reps, the jacket definitely darkened by a shade or even two

And now I'm going to have to go back and even it out perfectly somehow, so that it doesn't look "blotchy" from some spots that got more oil than others.

Anyone else have this happen before? Don't think there's much I can do at this point. I'm hoping there's some remote chance the jacket just needs longer to dry out, but I applied the stuff on Tuesday evening and last night it still look discolored and darker.
post #9 of 39
Sorry to hear that. Got pics?
post #10 of 39
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Sorry to hear that. Got pics?

I have "before" pics

I can probably get some "after" pics today if I can bear the shame
post #11 of 39
Both to see how bad it went.
post #12 of 39
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Originally Posted by nyarkies View Post
Both to see how bad it went.

I tried today but the pics I took really didn't capture the true colors very well but here goes:

Before:










After:




post #13 of 39
Aw man, I came in here to warn that neatsfoot usually darkens leather. It darkened some leather in my car too. The damage doesn't look too bad on your jacket though.
post #14 of 39
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Originally Posted by rushup edge View Post
Aw man, I came in here to warn that neatsfoot usually darkens leather. It darkened some leather in my car too. The damage doesn't look too bad on your jacket though.

Well that's the thing that bothers me ... is that the product specifically states that it's a neatsfoot compound, designed to get the conditioning benefit of neatsfoot without the drawback of darkening the leather.
post #15 of 39
It looks as if JL's marble finish...
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