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post #1 of 36 Old 02-19-2012, 07:10 PM Thread Starter
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leather oil??

My tack seems dry so I wanted to try oiling it. Any advice on products to use and how I should go about oiling my stuff?? Thanks :)

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If you want a leather oil, Lextol is a good one. However my favorite conditioner by far, is Carr, Day & Martin, fell in love with that product. You can take an old dried out piece of cowhide, rub that stuff on it & it become soft, shiny and pliable.
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If you want a leather oil, Lextol is a good one. However my favorite conditioner by far, is Carr, Day & Martin, fell in love with that product. You can take an old dried out piece of cowhide, rub that stuff on it & it become soft, shiny and pliable.
X 2 -- when is the last time your tack was cleaned and conditioned, OP?
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Thanks for your advice! I ride everyday and clean my tack every couple of weeks, I dont use a conditioner on it I just clean it with glycerine soap....

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Effax Leather Soft, and Carr Day & Martin Belvoir Leather Balsam are both really nice oils/conditioners to use.

As for how to use them, I like to clean the leather with Carr Day & Martin Belvoir Step 1 Leather Cleaner, let it dry off, then apply either the Leather Soft or the Balsam. If your leather is super dry, you can wait until the oil/conditioner sinks in and then apply another layer.

For regular everyday tack cleaning I just wipe down my tack with a cloth or sponge that has been wrung out well with warm water, and then I use the Carr Day & Martin Step 2 Glycerine soap.
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I use the Carr Day & Martin glycerine soap too, love it. I use it on my leather sofa as well.
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I vote for Effax too (Effax Leder Balsam | Dover Saddlery). Nice stuff (plus has coconut smelt to it).

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If the Leather has not been cleaned in a long time, I like glycerin soap, a non darkening formula of Neatsfoot Oil and then a good treatment of Aussie Leather Conditioner

PS, if you warm the neatsfoot oil, it will soak in better, especially for older dry leather



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Well, by process of elimination, don't buy LexolNF if your are going to buy neatsfoot oil. Whatever it is...it isn't straigh NF.
I like Leather New conditioning oil to oil my saddles...as opposed to put a finish on them (e.g., beeswax based stuff) to protect them from drying out and/or make them a little water resistant.

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I have a new love. It's called Skidmore's Leather Cream. My local tack shop (that I absolutely adore) recommended it. I used it on my cheap Made-in-India bridle and even after one use the difference is absolutely AMAZING! It's like it's not even the same bridle! It's still not great (a little stiff), but with a couple more applications, it should be (almost) as nice as the new browband the tack shop made me (after my dog ate the one that came with the bridle).

Kinda funny, actually. When I took my bridle in to have the browband made (all that was left of the original one was one of the loops that slides over the rest of the crownpiece), the owner of the tack shop was handling my bridle and he sniffs the leather and says "This is one of those "Made in India" pieces of crap, isn't it?" I said yes, but explained that it was all I could afford at the time that fit my monstrosity since we needed a draft-size English bridle and it was too expensive to have them custom-make one for us. He then sniffed the leather again, got a rather pleased grin on his face and said "You've used Skidmore's on it, though, haven't you?" When I said yes, he said "Good girl."
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