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post #1 of 17 Old 03-21-2011, 06:21 PM Thread Starter
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Best Tack Cleaner, Conditioner, and Softener?

Hi everyone. What is your favorite tack cleaner, conditioner, and/or softener. As for the softener, I have heard the currier's grease and harness oil are good. Has anyone ever used either? How do they work? Does the harness oil "leak?" Thanks!
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post #2 of 17 Old 03-21-2011, 06:25 PM
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LOVE Lexol leather soap for cleaning and Passier Lederbalsam for conditioning!

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I like the Tattersol soap. Haven't found a conditioner I'm in love with yet.

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I use leather CPR I love it lots

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I use Lexol cleaner. I buy the big jug and pour it up in a spray bottle. Works great and is easy to use.
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For a deep conditioner, I LOVE LOVE LOVE Passier Lederbalsam. Hands down the best stuff I have used, and I have used MANY conditioners out there over the years. It's not cheap, but a little goes a long way and it really works.
Best price online, and great customer service:
Browsing Store - Passier Lederbalsam Leather Conditioner

For a light weight conditioner, I really like Belvoir Step 2 Conditioner. It's a spray mix of glycerine and coconut oil. It works really well for things like bridles and saddle billets. It also is very nice for pre-show shining up.
Browsing Store - Belvoir Tack Conditioner Spray 500ml

If you need an oil, for really old/stiff leather, nothing beats Hydrophane Leather Dressing. It's a light weight oil that won't darken too much and really works well. If you heat it up for a bit until it's warm, it works even better. It also helps waterproof leather, but doesn't seal it so you can clean/condition it with other products in the future.
Browsing Store - Hydrophane Leather Dressing - 17oz

I've been through many, many cleaners, conditioners, and oils and these are, IMO/IME, hands down the best. I use them on English and western tack, leather halters, shoes, purses, etc.
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I use pure Neatsfoot oil for conditioning/softening all my tack. It does darken the leather but it works wonderfully and makes everything so supple. It can 'leak' if you apply too much though.

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eventerdrew and luvs2ride, I am happy I am not the only one who knows about the Lederbalsam, altough you guys use the Passier brand, I use the Effax one. I'm pretty sure in the end, as long as it says lederbalsam, it is EXCELLENT conditioner.
Someone had told me about the lederbalsam in my first year of riding, and never changed !! It is just AMAZING ! My almost 10 years old bridle still looks new like in the store

I also use the lexol soap before the grease
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See, I have used Effax, I have a jar that is almost full, and I did NOT like it. It left my tack feeling sticky and looking dull. No matter how much I buffed and wiped, the leather just looked "off." The Effax stuff is just so thick. It's like putting on wax. The Passier conditioner is soft and creamy, easy to spread with your hands and soaks in so nicely. Lederbalsam is just German for "Leather Balm," so not all products with that name are the same.

Do you want my Effax jar? I'd sell it to you cheap, plus shipping .
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See, I have used Effax, I have a jar that is almost full, and I did NOT like it. It left my tack feeling sticky and looking dull. No matter how much I buffed and wiped, the leather just looked "off." The Effax stuff is just so thick. It's like putting on wax. The Passier conditioner is soft and creamy, easy to spread with your hands and soaks in so nicely. Lederbalsam is just German for "Leather Balm," so not all products with that name are the same.

Do you want my Effax jar? I'd sell it to you cheap, plus shipping .
never used the Passier one, maybe I should switch?
I wonder why it is not doing this to me, yes it is a little sticky, but I let it aerate and after it dries, the leather is really soft and supple. Funny...
Where did you find your Effax? I bring mine from France LOL could not find a store out here the effax in France is not cheap

Which by the way, the Passier lederbalsam is not that expensive IMO

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never used the Passier one, maybe I should switch?
I wonder why it is not doing this to me, yes it is a little sticky, but I let it aerate and after it dries, the leather is really soft and supple. Funny...
Where did you find your Effax? I bring mine from France LOL could not find a store out here the effax in France is not cheap

Which by the way, the Passier lederbalsam is not that expensive IMO
Maybe I just didn't let it dry long enough. How long do you let yours sit? I'll have to try again...

It's on most good English tack web sites, including the one I usually buy from. That's where I got my last jar.
Browsing Store - Effol Effax Leather Balsam Lederbalsam - 500mL

Oh, you know what, I just realized the stuff I bought was NOT the Effax. My bad! Lol I got this stuff, that a trainer I used to ride with BITD used and swore by. But I do not like it at all... Pharmaka Beinenwachs Leather Balsam:
Pharmaka HC Beinenwachs Lther Balsam 450 and Leather Care | EQUESTRIAN COLLECTIONS.COM
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