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    05-13-2010, 11:37 AM
  #1
Weanling
Question Changing The Texture of Leather

Hi! I really hope someone can help with this. Does anyone know if it is possible to change a smooth leather seat to a rough/suede like seat? I know I can't change it to actual suede, I'm just looking for some texture/grip without having to buy a seat saver. Would sanding it with coarse sandpaper do the job, or would ot ruin the leather?

Any and all thoughts appriciated! Thanks!!!
     
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    05-13-2010, 12:23 PM
  #2
Green Broke
I think you could probably do it and get the look and maybe the grip you are looking for but at a large cost. You would be degrading the leather because such a process would break down the fibers and make it thinner....therefore making it more prone to rips and tears with use.

I would probably just bite the bullet and get the seat saver, otherwise you will be needing a whole new saddle in a year or so.
     
    05-13-2010, 12:35 PM
  #3
Showing
Get the seat saver.

Ruining a smooth leather seat will cost you more in the long run, when you have to get it repaired or replaced because you messed it up.

Why would you try to rough up smooth leather and ruin your saddle in the process, when seat savers aren't that expensive?

Penny wise and pound foolish!
     
    05-13-2010, 12:42 PM
  #4
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
Get the seat saver.

Ruining a smooth leather seat will cost you more in the long run, when you have to get it repaired or replaced because you messed it up.

Why would you try to rough up smooth leather and ruin your saddle in the process, when seat savers aren't that expensive?

Penny wise and pound foolish!
I asked the question because I didn't know what the effect on the leather would be long term. I prefer a seat with more grip and was just wondering if it was possible to achieve this without ruining the saddle.
     
    05-13-2010, 12:43 PM
  #5
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Cinnys Whinny    
I think you could probably do it and get the look and maybe the grip you are looking for but at a large cost. You would be degrading the leather because such a process would break down the fibers and make it thinner....therefore making it more prone to rips and tears with use.

I would probably just bite the bullet and get the seat saver, otherwise you will be needing a whole new saddle in a year or so.
Thank you- that was the kind of information I was looking for!!
     

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