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    09-01-2011, 05:44 PM
Green Broke
Using baby oil instead of leather oil?

Has anyone else heard of this or done it before? Would it work or harm the leather?
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    09-01-2011, 05:50 PM
No, it won't work on leather tack. Baby oil is made for very thin things like actual, live skin.

You should only use oils designed to actually be used on leather items.
    09-01-2011, 05:53 PM
You can use mineral (baby) oil on leather but you might end up with sticky tack.
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    09-01-2011, 06:10 PM
We use olive oil to oil our saddles. But they don't often get oiled, since they usually don't need it. Daily our saddles get cleaned with some glycerin and usually a dash of Leather Therapy (love that stuff).
    09-01-2011, 09:12 PM
Green Broke
Someone had asked my wife and I figured I'd ask on here. A guy I work with has some boots that he spilled transmission oil on them. He said they never cracked or dried out.

Supposedly, the girl that asked went ahead and used baby oil and it seemed to work. I didn't know if it would remove the coloring of the leather if it was stained.
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    09-01-2011, 09:25 PM
You know, I see all the time, peops saying they use olive oil, mineral oil, neatsfoot oil, etc on their tack. They are always oiling & oiling. For me, I use a leather product called Carr Day & Martin, I treat my leather maybe, 2 a year. Not needed anymore more than that. This stuff can turn a dried out cracking piece of leather into soft, shiny pliable again. I believe there is another product called Cosequin (sp?) pronounced Coachaleen that works about the same as my product. A friend uses the latter and has same results as I do, we both agree you can keep your oils & Lextol, etc, we have found the best.
    09-02-2011, 10:03 AM
Our School tack is just treated with basic moisturizer some of it is over 20 years old and although some fading looks new
    09-02-2011, 10:08 AM
Originally Posted by waresbear    
You know, I see all the time, peops saying they use olive oil, mineral oil, neatsfoot oil, etc on their tack. They are always oiling & oiling.
I use neatsfoot oil, but sparingly. I don't 'oil & oil'. Twice a year is about normal for a good, deep oiling. There is such a thing as over oiling/over conditioning your tack. People who know better won't do it.

As far as whatever you use that makes the leather soft and pliable, neatsfoot does the same thing. I've been using it for over 30 years on my leather tack, and don't plan on stopping anytime soon.

If you've found something that works, great. But there's no reason to denigrate folks who use neatsfoot. After all, it's MADE for use on leather items, unlike baby oil, olive oil, or vegetable oil.
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    09-02-2011, 10:48 AM
Oh, and Cosequin is a nutritional supplement given to animals for joint health, not something you use on leather. I'm believe you're thinking of Ko-Cho-Line.
    09-02-2011, 11:17 AM
I've used Fiebing's neatsfoot (liquid, don't like the other) for as long as I can remember. I only oil once or twice a year. I have one saddle in my tack room that was made in the 50s and aside from a new off billet (new 10 years ago) it's still in great shape & very usable.
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