• I'm happy to introduce the Styleforum Happy Hour, our brand new podcast featuring lively discussion about menswear and the fashion industry. In the inaugural edition, a discussion of what's going on in retail today. Please check it out on the Journal. All episodes will be also be available soon on your favorite podcast platform.

  • Styleforum Gives - Holiday Charity Auction 3: Yeossal handwelted shoe with lasted shoe trees

    We are very proud to present this year's edition of the Styleforum Holiday Charity Auctions, this year in support of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Spokane (www.rmhcspokane.org). Each Auction lasts 24 hours. Please follow and bid on all the auctions.

    The 2nd auction is for a pair of handwelted shoe with lasted shoe trees courtesy of Yeossal. Please bid often and generously here

    Fok and the Styleforum Team.

  • STYLE. COMMUNITY. GREAT CLOTHING.

    Bored of counting likes on social networks? At Styleforum, you’ll find rousing discussions that go beyond strings of emojis.

    Click Here to join Styleforum's thousands of style enthusiasts today!

Leather jacket accident

snarky

New Member
Joined
Sep 13, 2006
Messages
1
Reaction score
0
Apologies, this question has nothing to do with fashion as such. It's more of a damage-control question...

A few years ago, I left Hawaii for 6 months on a deployment. Knowing that the humid environment meant that everything would be covered with mold, I left a few jars of CaCl pellets around to absorb the moisture. Unfortunately, I severely underestimated either the humidity or the CaCl, with predictable results. I returned to find several puddles of saltwater all over the apartment. One of the jars had been left on a top shelf in the closet, and had dripped saltwater down the back of my old biker jacket. The salt sucked the moisture out of it, leaving a tough, shrunken, puckered streak along the collar and some of the back. The leather is extremely tough and dense there, and as it shrank it wrinkled some of the surrounding leather.

I know that full restoration is probably impossible, and not really necessary anyhow. It's a pretty worn, scarred jacket in the first place, so I don't worry too much if it's aesthetically imperfect. What I'm trying to find is some method of re-hydrating the leather where it was damaged, to soften it and make it wearable again. Again, I don't mind a scar there, but does anyone know how to at least restore the damaged leather?

TIA

Side note: everything ended up covered in mold anyhow. I just decided to think of it as free penecillin
 

j

(stands for Jerk)
Admin
Spamminator Moderator
Joined
Feb 17, 2002
Messages
14,914
Reaction score
98
Bummer.

Vanson Leather has leather cream stuff in a bottle that you can use to condition leather. You'd have to order it or find a Vanson dealer. You could also use Lexol, which can be bought at a shoe repair shop or auto supply. Or possibly Meltonian cream (also shoe repair).

Welcome to the forum.
 

Arethusa

Distinguished Member
Joined
Mar 9, 2006
Messages
5,128
Reaction score
72
Your other option would be to find a leatherworker or a good cobbler; either should be able to help repair parched leather, and you might get better results than you would from a bottle of conditioner.
 

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by

Featured Sponsor

How many pairs of shoes do you own?

  • 1 - 4

    Votes: 25 3.4%
  • 5 - 10

    Votes: 129 17.5%
  • 11 - 20

    Votes: 235 31.9%
  • 21 - 30

    Votes: 116 15.8%
  • 31 - 40

    Votes: 66 9.0%
  • 41 - 50

    Votes: 46 6.3%
  • 51 - 60

    Votes: 23 3.1%
  • 61 - 70

    Votes: 21 2.9%
  • 71 - 80

    Votes: 15 2.0%
  • 81 - 90

    Votes: 6 0.8%
  • 91 - 100

    Votes: 7 1.0%
  • 100+

    Votes: 47 6.4%

Related Threads

Forum statistics

Threads
428,558
Messages
9,220,257
Members
193,559
Latest member
zaxxonis
Top