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Feeding leather strap

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Matthias, Dec 23, 2020.

  1. Matthias

    Matthias Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    I got hold of an old leather Fender strap. (The thin style with the shoulder pad) it’s nicely broken in except one section of the long piece and most of the long section that attaches to the bottom end of the guitar. The surface of those sections are a little brittle and prone to cracking on the dyed side.

    I guess there are a few leather workers here. What can I feed it with that wouldn’t affect nitro? I’ll be using it for photo shoots mainly and as something to keep with, rather than on, my Tele, so happy to leave it to absorb a while.
     
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    A leather expert will weigh in with better info, but I would guess a good working over with saddle soap, followed by mink oil. This is what we used to condition ice skates when my daughter was competing and a pro.
     
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    Thanks! I'll check those out
     
  6. Ed Storer

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    I don't know about interaction with nitrocellulose lacquer, but neatsfoot oil has been my choice since childhood. I used it on baseball gloves and Topsiders. With the Topsiders, I apply a heavy coat of polish, brush it out, and then apply a coat of neatsfoot. The leather holds its color and doesn't get brittle.
     
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    Matthias Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    Before I buy, have you tried anything treated with this against Nitro? Thanks!
     
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    I use Pecards leather dressing, it's a wax base. A holster maker turned me on to them, the guy who makes Indiana Jones' whips includes a tub with his whips also. I last used it on a new fender thin strap from ebay that was creased from storage and brutally hard.

    There is an 'antique' version but I have not used it

    Read the label on neetsfoot oil some are mostly petroleum distillates which would not play well with nitro
     
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    I have not.
     
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