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Hi Charlie,
Thanks for the information.
I will try and get some pictures for you.
It is the top one.

I thought it must be. I'll certainly help if I can, but the number one suggestion I can make is well nourished leather is happy leather!

Charlie
post #2237 of 2750
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I thought it must be. I'll certainly help if I can, but the number one suggestion I can make is well nourished leather is happy leather!

Charlie
So just following on from that comment, how often should one 'nourish' the leather?
post #2238 of 2750
Hi Charlie....here you go :



post #2239 of 2750
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Hi Charlie....here you go :

I use Obenaufs HDLP for all my Equus belts. It will dark the leather a bit, but will completely smooth out that color and prevent some of the minor cracking you seem to have. 

 

Also is the only thing I found that can fix the edges when they wear down a bit.

post #2240 of 2750
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Hi Charlie....here you go :




That could be quite a bit worse! The ovals around the holes is where the moisture has penetrated via the inside of the holes, I think that will even out over time. I think what I personally would do would be Renovature to bring the finish back a bit, the belt looks dull, if it had its original glow the marks would look quite nice I think. Morgans comments below to darken the whole thing are worth a thought as well

Charlie
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I use Obenaufs HDLP for all my Equus belts. It will dark the leather a bit, but will completely smooth out that color and prevent some of the minor cracking you seem to have. 

Also is the only thing I found that can fix the edges when they wear down a bit.

Good tips Morgan, thank you. I havent used it, we use Sedgwick or Saphir products, I know a lot of people use this though and have heard good reports

Charlie
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Good tips Morgan, thank you. I havent used it, we use Sedgwick or Saphir products, I know a lot of people use this though and have heard good reports

Charlie

I have a lot of Saphir products and the leather feed you provided with my first order. Reno strips the color a bit and leaves a bit of a high shine. Also needs to be done fairly often. I find it works better only for the bridle leather.

 

For the harness the HDLP does a great job smoothing out the color and keeping the belt well nourished but not too shiny. Just needs a day or two to dry then can be brushed off.

post #2243 of 2750
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So just following on from that comment, how often should one 'nourish' the leather?

The really unhelpful but true answer is when it needs it! Given we're talking about vegtable tanned leathers here each piece is different, each home and use case is different and so we never say every X weeks or similar. You can see and feel when though, if the leather has lost its glow, it looks dry, rough, scaly, anything that in skin would suggest dry skin suggests dry leather. There isnt really a right answer, other than dont over do it too much, saturated leather is nearly worse than dry leather.

Does that help in the slightest?

Charlie
post #2244 of 2750
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I have a lot of Saphir products and the leather feed you provided with my first order. Reno strips the color a bit and leaves a bit of a high shine. Also needs to be done fairly often. I find it works better only for the bridle leather.

For the harness the HDLP does a great job smoothing out the color and keeping the belt well nourished but not too shiny. Just needs a day or two to dry then can be brushed off.

I'll have to try it!

Renovature (not Renomat!) is quite solvent, it will move excess dye, particularily on Bakers leather. I find the end results are good though, I like it as a product. We use it to finish all our Bakers watch straps for eg

Charlie
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I'll have to try it!

Renovature (not Renomat!) is quite solvent, it will move excess dye, particularily on Bakers leather. I find the end results are good though, I like it as a product. We use it to finish all our Bakers watch straps for eg

Charlie

Perhaps I will give it another shot!

 

Actually when I think about it, Reno smooths out color the best, where as the HDLP somewhat preserves the variations (which for me was a positive on my Scott as I like the almost Bugundy hue it has developed in places).

post #2246 of 2750
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Very quick photo for you all!

We've just had a small delivery of our 1 1/4" Sterling Silver West Ends, they are just back from hallmarking and look great. We've changed our casting firm for our silver buckles and both the Mayfair and West Ends are looking really good and are being delivered on time now, very pleased with them..



Charlie
post #2247 of 2750
I have the silver Mayfair and it is great (not sure which of the firms was used). My other two belts are West End buckles (nickel and brass roller). I might try the silver West End next as that buckle has a beautiful shape and would be suitable for even a sturdier belt than the rusticalf I used with the Mayfair.
post #2248 of 2750
I have both products, so would you recommend the Obenauf's first and then the Reno?
post #2249 of 2750
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I have both products, so would you recommend the Obenauf's first and then the Reno?

Reno for sure. The Obenaufs will nourish and seal everything in afterwards. 

post #2250 of 2750
Understood. Much obliged.
I was sceptical on using Obenauf's, as I didn't want to darken the leather.
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