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post #1 of 16 Old 07-20-2011, 12:51 AM Thread Starter
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Help with oiling a new saddle

I just received my brand new pessoa saddle and I'm so excited, but I'm also confused. Their website says that they use a pre-oiled leather for this line that doesn't require oiling before using. So my questions are:

1) do I believe them and just start using it?

2) How do I do the first oil anyways? It has a light oil on the bottom and that's what scares me. Doesn't the oil just darken that beautiful color and therefore decrease the contrast between the light on the bottom and the oakbark on the top?

I'm so nervous to put oil on this light leather for fear of ruining it! Thoughts?

I really haven't ever owned a brand new saddle before.
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post #2 of 16 Old 07-20-2011, 09:26 AM
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What I do with new saddle usually is clean it with the soap and then condition it to make leather nice and supple. Actually the leather somewhat changes the color (darken), and looks nicer too.

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1) do I believe them and just start using it?

You trusted them enough to buy the saddle, but you don't trust them enough to tell you the truth?

2) How do I do the first oil anyways? It has a light oil on the bottom and that's what scares me. Doesn't the oil just darken that beautiful color and therefore decrease the contrast between the light on the bottom and the oakbark on the top?

There are oils/conditioners that don't darken leather. If you don't want to change the color, use one of those types.

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There are oils/conditioners that don't darken leather. If you don't want to change the color, use one of those types.
I wasn't lucky to come across one that doesn't. They surely exist out there, but the couple I used said it doesn't, still color changed (although not that much). So OP, I'd suggest to try it first on something else.

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I like the darkening qualities, so I've never bought an oil/conditioner that claimed to not darken.

I had to oil my Stubben when I got it, and the leather did darken. Not something I minded in the least.

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I like the darkening qualities, so I've never bought an oil/conditioner that claimed to not darken.

I had to oil my Stubben when I got it, and the leather did darken. Not something I minded in the least.
I remember someone here claimed neatsfoot (spell?) oil doesn't darken (when it's pure, no additives). But I'm having hard time believing in it. I do like when it darken too - get that nice deeper color in it. I conditioned MT as long as I got it, and it definitely looked more attractive after that.

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Nope, I only buy 100% pure neatsfoot and it's the champion of darkening leather!

Mah Stubben be even more smexy than before!

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The people at Dover told me that Lederbalsam doesn't darken the leather very much so I'll probably try that. I also love Neatsfoot oil. I'm oiling my new bridle with it right now! It's not that I don't like the leather darkening in general but this saddle has a lighter leather over the panels and I really love the contrast.
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Pictures? I'd love to see it. New saddle pictures give me the happys!

I remember going to the Stubben NA website and looking at all the new saddles there. I felt like I needed a cold shower and a cigarette afterward!

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Pictures? I'd love to see it. New saddle pictures give me the happys!

I remember going to the Stubben NA website and looking at all the new saddles there. I felt like I needed a cold shower and a cigarette afterward!
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