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    kao cho lin: thick pink goopy gel that will bring back old leather (will darken leather as well), also used as a waterproofer...amazing stuff
    vogel desalter; self explanatory
    effax cleaner: good for cleaning all leather, light and doesnt leave residue
    effax conditioner: a balsam for keeping leather pliable and happy

    these are staples that have been around for years used on tack.
    a suede brush is also essential as is a good polishing brush for boots. never use neatsfoot oil, it ruins stitching.

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    Thanks for the links. I read through it and did more research on dyeing . So my cobbler will be using a special strip that is not acetone then he will dye black. I just dropped my boots off and they will be done in 3 hours. Here is the before. Will post the after later.


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    rider, would the effax conditioner be good to use on dry spots on a polished leather? i don't want the treatment to darken or leave any noticeable residue.
    Last edited by endersgame; 07-01-2010 at 06:42 PM.

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    Need to wear them to dull the shine (looks shinier because of the flash), but overall, very happy with end product. FYI, I went to Carlo's on 3rd St. in SF. Solid shoesmith in the Bay Area.


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    Comedyzen, that turned out impressive. I was reading that thread about Rider's antiquing service and it said that dying needs constant reapplication in thin layers and rubbing it out. Was 3 hours all it needed for your boots to be done?

    Update us on the color and durability of the dye if you can, would be appreciated. I am quite interested as there is a possibility in the future for me to dye some boots.

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    How much did the cobbler charge you? The dying looks good to me.

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    @Kuu. Yes, it actually took him under 2 hours. I didn't read as far as you re: reapplying...interesting, my cobb made no mention. I will call him later...but perhaps the wear will have a nice look. These boots look brand new and it doesn't have the "painted" look. I did take a paper towel and buffed all over the boot and there was some black dye. I wonder if there is a way to set this, or does it just need time to dry.

    @head $25. A good price, but i have brought him a lot of biz...so he hooks me up.

    Here are some better pics:




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    Quote Originally Posted by endersgame View Post

    rider, would the effax conditioner be good to use on dry spots on a polished leather? i don't want the treatment to darken or leave any noticeable residue.
    yes, the effax balsam conditioner is for use on polished leather (not patent though), and def not on lighter colored leather. ideally with this product you would apply it on the entire surface area and it will revive any dry spots. for really dry leather though i would go with the kao cho lin, its the miracle drug. the key is with both, you apply light coats and let dry overnight.

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    thanks. if you say it's not for light colors, i don't think i can use it. the leather is medium light grey.
    it's not that dry but some parts have lost it's original luster...maybe i'll take it in a shop and let them work on it.

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    Saw the question asked at least once in this thread but no answer. Anyone know a reliable way to remove the smell of cigarette smoke out of leather? I have a nice soft lamb leather from Julius and unfortunately it smells a bit. I read that lamb leather was more porous and therefore retains smell better than other leather.

    I found this link by googling which has a bunch of different solutions:
    http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf174314.tip.html

    But for the most part, it looks like they aren't dealing with lamb leather. I've had the jacket sitting in a garbage bag with dryer sheets and a box of baking soda for the past few days, but it doesn't seem to be doing the job. I've heard about the water/vinegar solution but I don't want to try anything wet until I have some feedback from other people who have done something similar. I don't want to ruin the character of the leather by trying anything too harsh. Any help is appreciated.

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    AHA! I've done it! Basically I dry-cleaned it at home using vinegar and hot water.

    You'll need:
    a bathtub and a good hot water heater
    1 cup of apple cider vinegar

    All I did was.. hang my leather jacket in the tub/shower, plug up the drain, run some hot water, and dump the cup of vinegar in. Then I turned on the shower (remember to angle the shower head down so you don't get anything wet) and let the steam do it's thing. Ran it in there for 20-30 minutes while the window/door was closed tight and then let it sit in for another 30 minutes just for good measure.

    Note: Make sure to go in every 10 minutes or so to make sure your bathtub isn't overflowing..

    Hope this helps.

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    okay so i just picked up a new leather jacket (will post pic when i get home), and i have a bit of a quarrel with its shine. it is squeaky and i hate that

    google recommended a whole slew of different answers, ranging from wearing it in, conditioning it, washing it and then conditioning it, using alcohol (?), etc.

    wondering if anyone here has successfully gotten rid of squeakiness? i'm guessing the best (and safest) way would be to simply wear it in

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    for anything washed leather. just throw in in the washing machine. cold with little bit of natural soap.

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    Does anyone know whether Obenauf leather oil and/or heavy duty LP wax can be used on shell cordovan leather?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ironman View Post
    okay so i just picked up a new leather jacket (will post pic when i get home), and i have a bit of a quarrel with its shine. it is squeaky and i hate that

    google recommended a whole slew of different answers, ranging from wearing it in, conditioning it, washing it and then conditioning it, using alcohol (?), etc.

    wondering if anyone here has successfully gotten rid of squeakiness? i'm guessing the best (and safest) way would be to simply wear it in
    I think simply wearing it is the way to go. If it is still squeaking after a lot of wear, then figure out another solution at that point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Somnus View Post
    Does anyone know whether Obenauf leather oil and/or heavy duty LP wax can be used on shell cordovan leather?
    I've had very negative results from Obenauf. Perhaps it was just me applying the leather oil the wrong way, but the leather became very greasy, meaty, and then began to attract dirt that eventually rubbed onto my other clothes. I do not recommend it at all for any expensive leather.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zhaolasi View Post
    I've had very negative results from Obenauf. Perhaps it was just me applying the leather oil the wrong way, but the leather became very greasy, meaty, and then began to attract dirt that eventually rubbed onto my other clothes. I do not recommend it at all for any expensive leather.
    I've had/having good results with Obenauf's. Keeps my boots supple and fairly waterproof (the beeswax one makes water bead on the leather surface, it's fun to watch ). I apply them to my boots every few weeks, the process is quite enjoyable

    I'm not sure why it becomes greasy for you, but I leave my boots to dry a few days, and gently rub off/polish them again with a clean cloth. Mind you, this is the only product I've used on leather since it works for me, so maybe others with more experience could chime in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zhaolasi View Post
    I've had very negative results from Obenauf. Perhaps it was just me applying the leather oil the wrong way, but the leather became very greasy, meaty, and then began to attract dirt that eventually rubbed onto my other clothes. I do not recommend it at all for any expensive leather.
    Obenauf's and other analogues should be used very sparingly, and then only on "rugged" leathers, and only if the leather is not shell cordovan.

    Shell cordovan takes very poorly to beeswax based conditioners in my experience (my experience is with Horween produced Alden shell, and Crup as used on some English shoes such as Edward Green where I don't know the maker of the leather).

    Use regular paste-wax polish very sparingly for best results, never use saddle soap or an analogue to clean.

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    That said, Obenauf's and other beeswax based products (I use Montana Pitch Blend exclusively) is phenomenal for more rugged boots, or for things like thick horsehide jackets etc.

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    Noted, i'll keep my shell cordovan shoes away from obenauf products.

    What would you recommend I use for Julius smooth lambskin boots and Alden calfskin?

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