Leather Care and Leather Conditioning
Leather Care and Conditioning: An Overview
Keeping your motorcycle leather in great shape doesn't take much
time. Here are a bunch of tips for motorcycle leather care and conditioning.
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Tips for how frequently to condition motorcycle
How much care does motorcycle leather need? If you ride your motorcycle
a lot in hot sunny conditions, or frequently get caught in the rain,
your leather will need conditioning several times during the season.
One simple leather care tip: if any of your leather motorcycle accessories
feel dry, it's time to condition them. Incidentally, rain will really
dry out leathers because when the rain evaporates from a leather
motorcycle accessory, it pulls moisture away from the skin. I would
recommend conditioning your leather once it dries whenever you are
caught (or intentionally ride) in the rain.
Tips on mink oil for conditioning leather
Many people swear by mink oil to condition and waterproof their
motorcycle leather. There are really two fundamentally different
approaches to motorcycle leather care: The way I describe it to
customers is mink oil vs. a Lexol-type leather conditioner. It's
like putting Vaseline on your hands vs. Jergens lotion. Mink oil
will clog the pores of your leather, just as Vaseline creates a
barrier between your skin and the environment. That's why it will
make your leather motorcycle accessories waterproof. It will also
eventually dry out your leather because the pores are clogged. You
will also notice your leather accessories may have a whitish haze
to it. That's what happens when mink oil solidifies in cold weather.
To answer the question, it makes more sense to put mink oil on your
boots, if you so desire, and use a conditioner or product like Chilhowee
Buffalo Butter specifically designed for leather care
and the conditioning of quality Deer, Elk, Buffalo, and Cow hide.
Tips for how to keep motorcycle leather from
Will my black leather accessories fade? If left untreated, all leather
is subject to fading from the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays. There
is really only one leather care product that effectively prevents
your leather from doing the slow-fade dance: 303 Aerospace Protectant.
With regular use, this leather conditioning product prevents fading
up to 100%. In addition, it conditions your motorcycle leather so
that it is highly soil, oil, and water-resistant without clogging
the pores of the leather or making them slick or sticky. An effective
sunscreen for your leather will help ensure that your leather accessories
will look better and last longer.
Tips for keeping your motorcycle leather dry
Does my leather motorcycle accessory need a water repellent? A spray
water repellent will not hurt your leather. A water repellent will
help any unfinished brushed or naked leather. However, if you get
caught in a downpour, don't expect any water repellent to keep your
leathers completely dry! Water will eventually soak into the leather.
Once again, try any water repellent on a hidden area before spraying
it on the outside of your garment. One thing I like to use spray
water repellents for is leather care and conditioning for my good
leather dress shoes and boots. I saturate my shoes or boots with
the repellent, that way if I walk through puddles in winter after
the parking lots have been salted I have a chance of keeping the
salt from soaking into my leather and leaving that terrible salt
line behind. I have never found a way to get that salt stain out
of my shoes or boots once its there. Incidentally, it's not the
water that spots leather, it's the minerals in the water that stay
behind once the water evaporates. ALWAYS, ALWAYS SPRAY WATER REPELLENTS
IN A HIGHLY VENTILATED AREA, OR BETTER YET, OUTSIDE. Some water
repellents have been known to make people dizzy or cause other health
problems if they have a lot of silicone in them.
The Best Grade of Leather
A full-grain leather is always your best bet. Don't settle for anything
less! To find out the differences between full grain leather and
top grain leather click