Buffing out scuffs on leather jackets

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  1. spidercan

    spidercan Senior member

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    What do you gents use do buff out scuffs? Searching around I've seen mention of vasoline, shoe cream, avoid shoe cream, lexol, avoid lexol. Just wondering if there's a more recent consensus. And as for the whole let the jacket age thing, I'm not really going for that look at this point. Thanks for the help.

    Also any thoughts on something to prevent scuffs?
     
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    As far as preveinting scuffs altogether, there is only one way I know of and that is to never wear it.
    Never use Vaseline (petroleum jelly) on leather! Please post photos of said jacket.
     
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    The issue is the scuffing is occuring right on the back edge of my collar due to my hair rubbing against it when I have the collar popped up. Just a random area that I would like to fix... So no on vaseline, but possibly shoe polish?
     
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    Do you not see the dangers of using polish in the collar?
    Bill used to be a blonde. Now he's Still a blonde..from the front, ...but now a lovely brunette from behind.
    No my friend, polish is not the solution in this case. It is better to embrace the natural patina that is developing on your collar. Unless you have the exact dye lot of the original colour, this is going to prove unfruitful. One possible solution, though you haven't yet provided photos, would be to have the collar and cuffs dyed in a darker shade (assuming the jacket is brown). If the jacket is black, then any competant cobbler can dye the collar black again easily and it will look as new. Hope this helps.
     
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    Hmm how is the issue of getting the color exactly right different from shining brown shoes? I was thinking more along the lines of the neutral cream I use on my shoes. It's a very small area so anyways.
     
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    A leather jacket collar is very different than shoe leather. Shoe leather is decidedly thicker to begin with.
    Neutral cream polish is dubious because some brands (KIWI) Neutral turns white where leather bends or creases. I hope you are not too headstrong on pursuing the polish idea. You must learn to accept the nature of leather. It wears. It develops a natural patina and scuffs. This is part if the natural beauty that leather offers. If you are looking for permission to get out the shoe polish, you won't receive that from myself.
    Feel free to experiment with polish at your own peril but don't complain if things don't work out (and they won't).
    Perhaps hang tight a few more days until others ring in. Please also post photos of the jacket collar in question.
     
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    Ended up using some meltonian shoe cream, turned out pretty damn good,
     

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