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Conditioning leather jacket.

I have just brought a new distressed leather riding jacket. I'm wanting to condition it, waterproofing not important as I have separate wet weather gear. I was wondering what products you guys use? I work as a beekeeper and have loads of beeswax and was considering making my own leather balm.

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I've done some rejuvenating of some of my old leathers.
I like to start with Neets Foot Oil but be warned, there is lots of bogus Neets Foot Oil these days and the real McCoy is extremely hard to find.
I found Fiebing Pure Neets Foot Oil, although it's from both pig and cattle shin bones, unlike the classic all cattle shin bone stuff.
There is something about those shin bones that works on leather!

I have found that clear boot crème makes a good finish, and the surface haze can easily be buffed off so there is no sheen or tackiness.
My guess is that bees wax would clog the pores, and prevent future applications of oil from migrating in.
Considering that classic Belstaff suits of cotton were water proofed with a bees wax based goop, makes me doubly concerned about clogging the leather.

I have tried other rejuvenating formulations, but I have not found anything even close to Neets Foot Oil in terms of penetration, benign “nose”, and effect.

I bought the Feibing on line as that was the only way I could access it here in Canada.
Fiebing is in the USA.
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I have just brought a new distressed leather riding jacket. I'm wanting to condition it, waterproofing not important as I have separate wet weather gear. I was wondering what products you guys use? I work as a beekeeper and have loads of beeswax and was considering making my own leather balm.
I was going to suggest saddle soap. I've been using it for many years, however, you said "new distressed" most any are designed to coat and soak in, it's probably going to make the "new distressed" look "new slick". I have two pairs of riding boots. One is the old pair that are now work boots and the other are the new pair. They looked about the same about a year ago. The newer ones, I conditioned with saddle soap and they look very new, the others look like dusty old "distressed" boots.
Edit: I could have picked either pair of boots, the outcome would have been the same... I picked the better fitting pair, otherwise they were about the same starting condition.

I'd at least check the outcome on some small area nobody sees. I have a feeling that if you condition a distressed leather, you'll ruin the whole point of the distressed look.
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Yeah good points. I'll find a commercial product and test it on a unseen patch. Cheers.

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It's even got a .com.au website, mate!
With a tin label like that, my guess it's The Real McCoy too !

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How old is that tin? Noahs Ark?

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Yeh, man!

With the time it takes to get stuff down here via the Cutty Sark, we take our purchases seriously - who knows when the next ship will come in...
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Ok thanks for the input. Have ordered 500ml bottle of Neatsfoot oil, Joseph Lyddy. It's an Aussie product and the 'real McCoy '. Cheers.

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I use obenauf's heavy duty lp. I have for many years and will continue to do so.
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I have just brought a new distressed leather riding jacket. I'm wanting to condition it, waterproofing not important as I have separate wet weather gear. I was wondering what products you guys use? I work as a beekeeper and have loads of beeswax and was considering making my own leather balm.
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I just cleaned my jacket and a pair of Redwings today, and used Fiebing's Neatsfoot oil on both. I hesitated a bit though, since some of the millions of opinions out there claim that Neatsfoot oil can rot natural stitching if your garment has it.

Mrcromo44, have you ever found this to be the case?

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I read the same. Claim oxidizes cotton thread? I found an English museum recipe for leather conditioner, based on a roman leather treatment. Beeswax, lard and lanolin (wool grease). I also got and tried the neatsfoot oil. Too early yet for either. I will say I put the museum conditioner on my distressed leather jacket and it worked well. A lot of rubbing. That's the trick. It's soft and waterproof.

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I just cleaned my jacket and a pair of Redwings today, and used Fiebing's Neatsfoot oil on both. I hesitated a bit though, since some of the millions of opinions out there claim that Neatsfoot oil can rot natural stitching if your garment has it.

Mrcromo44, have you ever found this to be the case?
I have never seen anything like that on any of my stuff.
And when people say "neatsfoot oil", they may not even have a clue as to what is actually in the bottle, as compared to true neatsfoot oil that is.
Now having said that, I haven't checked to see what the stitching material is on my late 70s Sorel winter boots, my 80s Dacks dress shoes, my mid 70s Lewis Leathers, my late 70s era baseball glove, or my 10 year old Alpinestars suit.
But all that stitching is A OK.

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The folks at Schott (who seem VERY protective about their leather products) recommend nothing but mink oil or saddle soap. From what I read, Mink Oil and pure Neatsfoot oil seem to be very similar in use and ingredients, so I assume Schott would be OK with Neatsfoot oil on their goods, such as the jacket of theirs that I wear.

I'll keep an eye on it though.

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