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How to best age new leather straps?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by ebb soul, Aug 5, 2018.

  1. ebb soul

    ebb soul Poster Extraordinaire

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    Got some nice new Walker&Williams straps, they look great but they are that ultra stiff thick leather and all shiny etc.
    Is there a way to cheat some wear and flexability into them you know of?
     
  2. strat a various

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    Oh wow, relic straps. What's next, relic picks? "My picks look too new, what will the guys think at the Blues Jam?"
    Seriously, rub some BBQ sauce into the leather ... not kidding ... Kraft BBQ sauce is better than Sweet Baby Ray ... more liquid smoke. Now, play tug of war with a large dog and let him run around with your strap for a while. Soon, your friends will think it's a vintage strap full of Mojo.
     
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    Dubbin, and use.

    Mostly use.
     
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    I have a pitbull. Jest don want teethmarks.
    The patent part I think is the issue.
    How to breakup the surface.
    I'll see what the washer does.
     
  6. notmyusualuserid

    notmyusualuserid Friend of Leo's

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    Water makes leather harder. It removes the oils that make it supple.
     
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    Ahh.
    Well crap.
    I tried wadding them up over and over for what seemed all night and they are still unforgiving.
     
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    Maso-sado games could help ?

    I relic my strings all the time.

    But seriously, clothes dryer no heat, with a few tennis balls in there for 30 minutes.
     
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    Ok then!
     
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    Can you oil it and put under the mattress like a new baseball glove?
     
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    I got a new one at Christmas. I rolled it backward, forward and twisted it every day for a couple of weeks. It got softer that way.
     
  12. strat a various

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    Look, neatsfoot oil will soften the strap, like breaking in riding boots, but the oil will stain your clothes. (By the way, I had a Pit, if he'd got one of my leather straps, he's have eaten it in two minutes ... I was KIDDING).
    Anyway, to be serious now, for reals: I would tape up my hand and wrap the strap around it and use it to hit the heavy bag for a while, then reverse the strap the opposite way, and keep on hitting that heavy bag. You can condition the OUTSIDE of it with Nu-Vinyl, that shouldn't stain after you wipe it off, but don't get any on the inside part where it could contact your clothes, just to be safe.
    I've done this heavy bag/ strap-for-a-glove thing before, it works pretty good.
     
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    Beat the crap outta it and then throw it in the washer and dryer. Then clean it up with some mink oil and whiskey. Then start over again. Leather likes abuse.
     
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    This is exactly what I do... Works perfectly. Usually takes much less than a couple weeks. Just a day of you keep at it for awhile.
     
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    Drag it from the back of your truck for 20 miles or so....
     
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    Ask Walker & Williams. They might have the answer in a FAQ.
     
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    I've got a tin of Dubbin but have been using coconut oil lately.
     
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    Throw it in the washing machine.
     
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    Saddle soap. Lots of it. Elbow grease, more of that. Many applications. You can slough the surface with a plastic pan scourer/Scotchhbrite to remove the shine.
    If you want to risk it, a fairly hot wash and dry in a washing machine and tumble dryer will help crack the surface up, then saddle soap/neatsfoot/dubbin it ( saddle soap is the least likely to transfer to your T-Shirt later ) to restore the suppleness.
     
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