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post #1 of 2 Old 07-22-2012, 08:53 PM Thread Starter
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What do you use for all your leather care?

While I have a few leather care products that I'm happy with, I'm always curious to try different products. And since I do some custom leather work, I like to have a variety of brands that I can suggest to or dissuade people from using.

Currently I use Fiebings' saddle soap as a once- or twice-a-year tack cleaner (I prefer the bars or paste, but don't mind the spray on either. I'm just a perfectionist.), and in between, I like Weiman Leather wipes to clean up after a dusty, dirty ride.
I really *love* Australian Stock Saddle Co.'s Leather Keep, especially for smaller items (halters, reins, boots), but I'm not overly impressed with using it on saddles (it doesn't seem to work into very thick saddle leathers very well.)

The only time I use neatsfoot is on extremely old, cracked leather -- like the harness I just dragged out of my grandpa's barn that's sat for almost 100 years. And even then, I'll only use 100% pure oil, never Lexol, and just enough to bring the leather back to life; then it gets a good washing.
I've yet to decide on a neatsfoot-alternative that I like.
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post #2 of 2 Old 07-22-2012, 10:48 PM
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I don't like Lexol. It never seems to do enough, in my opinion.

I really like Skidmore's Leather Cream. Skidmores Leather Cream and Wood Finishing Products
But because I am a cheapskate I also keep neatsfoot oil on hand. And the white Fiebings saddle soap in the round tin. Good stuff!

I also used to love Leather Therapy Conditioner. But again, being a cheapskate, I haven't used it in many years.

I will probably get some more Skidmore's though. It penetrates like an oil but leaves a saddle-soap like finish. So it saves the two-step process of using different products to get the same result.

What I learned from a saddle maker was to oil the leather with neatsfoot oil first and then wipe it down with a paste saddle soap like Fiebings to seal the pores and give it a nice finish. But Skidmore's does that all at once saving me from rubbing it down twice.
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