Leather softening

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Leather softening

Postby deadin » Wed Jun 13, 2012 7:57 pm

I have an original Arisaka sling that is so dry it is like a piece of wood. I'm trying to find some ideas on how to save it.
So far I've found suggestions for neatsfoot oil and castor oil.
Any other secrets????

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Re: Leather softening

Postby Aughnanure » Mon Jun 18, 2012 8:23 pm

Dean,

I'd try something like 'Oakwood' which is an Australian made leather condtioner that is sold worldwide.
There are a lot of preparations though and most are good if they've been around for a few years.
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Re: Leather softening

Postby DaveGreen1954 » Sun Jul 15, 2012 9:04 am

I've had good results using lanolin.
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Re: Leather softening

Postby DuncaninFrance » Sun Jul 15, 2012 9:48 am

I softened a new holster using harness oil which smells a bit like Neatsfoot. The secret is TIME :cool: Any dry leather needs the moisture to be put back and the slower it is done the better I would say.

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