Can I turn my saddle inside out?

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        06-30-2014, 09:47 PM
    Question Can I turn my saddle inside out?

    I have a saddle that is all rough out and it is started to look tarnished from the heavy use not being able to be cleaned. I was wondering if I flip some of the rough out sides to the smooth side to not have it look as bad (like the legs). If I can't is there any opinions out there about cleaning it and getting the look of the leather nicer? I don't care if the suede goes away I just don't want the black parts from riding on there. Thanks
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        06-30-2014, 10:04 PM
    Part of having a roughout saddle is getting the dark leg marks on there. Because of the way saddles are made, it's very unlikely that you could just flip the parts over and have them look decent. Even to do that, you'd likely need a professional saddler to do the job. Probably be easier and cheaper just to buy a different saddle that didn't have roughout on it.
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        07-02-2014, 12:32 AM
    Nope, not possible. Honest...
        07-02-2014, 12:46 AM
    Don't think of it as tarnished.
    Think of it as a fine piece of equipment that has acquired a patina!
        07-02-2014, 01:15 AM
    Is the whole saddle rough out or just the seat and fenders? If so the more you ride in it and oil it the smoother it will get. The first saddle I had build for me had a rough out seat, I got it in 94 so after about hang on that's 20 years. I'm getting old. Well now its pretty smooth and shiny, doesn't look like smooth out but it sure aint rough any more.
    and turning it inside out would be more trouble than it would be worth and probably look like crud.

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