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post #11 of 17 Old 06-23-2009, 02:12 AM
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Originally Posted by JumpingJellyBean View Post
does it matter what kind of oil you use?
Yes, yes it does. Some oil can weaken leather or rot stitching. Others can leech the color from the leather or darken leather.

I like to use Hydrophane's Leather Dressing to oil and Hydrophane Leather Conditioner after oiling and between oilings. It works well, waterproofs the leather, and keeps everything supple without excess mold (it's very humid here).
Browsing Store - Hydrophane Leather Dressing - 17oz
Browsing Store - Hydrophane Leather Conditioner

Pure Neatsfoot oil with Lexol Conditioner works if you're on a budget.
Browsing Store - Fieblings Pure Neatsfoot Oil - Pint
Browsing Store - Lexol Conditioner 1 Liter
Though I like Belvior Conditioner better than Lexol's.
Browsing Store - Belvoir Tack Conditioner Spray 500ml

Passier Lederbalsm or Effax Leather Balsam works VERY well if your saddle is REALLY dry.
Browsing Store - Passier Lederbalsam Leather Conditioner
Browsing Store - Effol Effax Leather Balsam Lederbalsam - 500mL

Clean your saddle regularly with a glycerine bar or other saddle soap (NOT an all-in-one cleaner/conditioner). I like Lexol's leather cleaner. I get a big bottle and fill up a small spray bottle to use regularly.
Browsing Store - Glycerin Saddle Soap Bar
Browsing Store - Lexol Cleaner 1 liter

Never oil billets or stirrup leathers, or any other part of the saddle that is weight bearing. Oiling those parts can cause them to stretch and weaken prematurely.

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post #12 of 17 Old 06-23-2009, 03:07 AM
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OK just to make things clear

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post #13 of 17 Old 06-23-2009, 03:49 AM
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lol, yes sir...

So, why not? I know oiling too much can weaken and damage leather, but what harm does a once or twice a year oiling do?
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post #14 of 17 Old 06-23-2009, 05:43 AM
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Give me 10/20 mins and I will write the story of Leather on a new thread which should explain things
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post #15 of 17 Old 06-23-2009, 11:42 AM
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No oil? Wow really? I'm shocked! I'll look forward to your post

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post #16 of 17 Old 06-23-2009, 01:29 PM
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I have typed a new thread headed ' the story of leather '
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post #17 of 17 Old 06-23-2009, 02:33 PM
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I use Skidmores leather conditioner. It's great stuff..

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