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Proper Care for Lambskin Leather Jacket?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by furo, Oct 20, 2009.

  1. furo

    furo Senior member

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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?
     
  2. MalfordOfLondon

    MalfordOfLondon Senior member

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    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...
     
  3. Twotone

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    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
     
  4. furo

    furo Senior member

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    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?
     
  5. furo

    furo Senior member

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    I did some more research and came across this recommendation:

    Lexol Conditioner

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    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"
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    Think I should go w/ the latter?
     
  6. furo

    furo Senior member

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    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?
     
  7. furo

    furo Senior member

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    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
     
  8. furo

    furo Senior member

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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.
     
  9. nyarkies

    nyarkies Senior member

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    Sorry to hear that. Got pics?
     
  10. furo

    furo Senior member

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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
     
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    Both to see how bad it went.
     
  12. furo

    furo Senior member

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    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:

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    After:

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  13. rushup edge

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    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.
     
  14. furo

    furo Senior member

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    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.
     
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    l8p2 Well-Known Member

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    It looks as if JL's marble finish...
     
  16. pandamonium

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    To be honest, the after pictures don't look bad at all. I preferred the original, but it still looks good.
     
  17. furo

    furo Senior member

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    To be honest, the after pictures don't look bad at all. I preferred the original, but it still looks good.

    Well I'm hoping that over time, the uneveness in the finish will wear down.

    Right now it looks really "blotchy" so I applied some dabs of lexol to the spots where I must have missed during the initial application.
     
  18. A.K.A.

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    Why did you feel compelled to put neatsfoot oil on a brand new jacket? I thought a leather conditioner is to put moisture in to dried leather.

    On every pair of suede shoes I own, I have treated them with a spray protectant. It does not darken the leather.

    Andrew Marc offers a TLC leather kit, which includes a Rain & Stain protector.

    It's not too late now to protect the coat against rain and stains.
     
  19. DLester

    DLester Senior member

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    Related question. How do you prevent a hanger from distorting a leather jacket? I have some older leather jackets and over time they assumed the shape of the hanger, leaving a hump on the shoulder. Is the solution as simple as insuring that you have a proper size hanger? Or do people store their jackets without using hangars?
     
  20. furo

    furo Senior member

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    Why did you feel compelled to put neatsfoot oil on a brand new jacket? I thought a leather conditioner is to put moisture in to dried leather.

    Yes it is new but there's no telling how long it was in a store prior to purchase. My guess is at least a year if not more. From what I've read, a leather jacket should be conditioned once per year.

    I've also been looking for a quality rain protectant that is safe for lambskin leather but haven't found one yet.
     

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