I am looking to try and darken some of the ware spots of my saddle back to the original dark brown color. I know there are some products that specifically say "won't darken leather" on them, so does that mean that there are products that will?
Ive always been told that oil deterriorates parts in the saddle or something like that.... I've always been taught never to use oil.... but thas jsut my two cents :)
If you go to your local tack store I bet theres a bunch of products that will darken leather
I've been using oil on my hunt seat for the whole 15 years that I've had it and it looks pretty much new still, it really hasn't deteriorated at all. Not that I am saying you are wrong, just that was how I was taught to clean/condition saddles.
I hated the color of my saddle (oakbark, yick) and I was able to darken it with simple olive oil (my trainer when I was young swore by olive oil for saddles). You just heat up the olive oil and then rub it in with a thick towel, being careful not to touch he hot oil. My once Oakbark saddle now looks brown. When I brought it to my current trainers that I am using for Cinny she thought it was a near new saddle lol.
Oil is not reccommended for saddlery leather - the major problem is not the oil itself but the ammount people use, far better to use a dressing which is like a grease and is what the leather manufacturers use.
As for darkening leather, contact FIEBINGS INC. Of Milwaukee. They produce special dyes and solutions that can darken and/or restore leather. In the USA call (800) 558 1033 and they will tell you which product you need and where the local stocklist is.