Okay so I know we see thousands of threads on here about saddle care etc. I was hoping I could help get some answers though. I have a Pessoa saddle that is starting to loose its luster so to say. I condition it routinely as I love this saddle and want to take care of it. My concern is though that it looks like it is almost I guess you could say fading. I do not know if it needs to be re oiled or polished or what. I will try to show a picture so you guys can see what I am talking about. So basically I was wondering what can I do to bring my saddle back to life and look new and shiny or at least pretty again.
I posted a photo. Not the greatest but it will give you an idea for the color of my saddle.
I hate to tell you this, but time and use typically take the new and shiny out of a leather saddle - especially a high quality one which is designed to break in with use. You really don't want your saddle to appear high-gloss in most occasions.
But, if you just really like the look of a shiny saddle, use glycerin soap to clean it and apply a wax-based leather polish to it.
Also, make sure you are storing it in a saddle bag or with a cover that protects it from the elements and sun - which can fade leather even if its just coming through the window.
Leather CPR. I'm using this on a couple old saddles and it's kind of amazing how well it works. Both saddles were fairly dull and dingy, but after a few applications, they look a lot better. Not shiny new, but they look well cared for. Scuff have faded, small tears in the seat are less noticeable... quite amazing, really.
**Corporal munches popcorn** I'll Read ANY thread about tack care!!!
Make sure that your saddle cover breathes. If it's made of plastic any humidity can turn your leather green. yuch--not hard to clean off, but who has the extra time for THAT?!?!?
Clean then use a product like BlackRock. You don't want a shinny finish since that will end up being slippery.
I use glycerin soap only on an english saddle and rarely use a conditioner. The tannage for english saddles is a little different than western and often just a cleaning will do. When the leather is dry I will take a soft old cotton teatowel and give it a good buff.
Have you tried Urad?
It gives your leather a new and refreshed look. It's more of a topical cosmetic aid, more than a cleaner, but it does a good job of restoring the look of your tack.
I quit using it, because it makes your leather kind of tacky, and I just prefer my leather more slick, but it did a good job.
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