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post #1 of 7 Old 02-28-2020, 07:42 PM Thread Starter
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Using olive oil on a synthetic saddle?

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Can you use olive oil on a synthetic saddle? I own a cheap general purpose one and its getting slightly stiff. I use olive oil on my bridle, girth and breastplate with no issues but I just dont want to ruin my saddle.
Has anyone else used olive oil on a synthetic saddle? Would this be ok or would it be very bad for the saddle?

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post #2 of 7 Old 02-28-2020, 08:11 PM
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I'm sure others with more experience cleaning tack will chime in on this, I can't imagine it would necessarily hurt anything, although it might make it very slick/slippery, but I don't think it would help either? I don't think a synthetic material would soak up any kind of oil the way leather does to make it any softer. I could totally be wrong, I ride in a synthetic saddle too, but it's western and the bits that would normally get stiff like the saddle skirt and fenders are a quilted nylon type of material, not faux leather, so they don't ever get stiff but I also can't clean them the way you'd normally wipe off a saddle.

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I'll be darned. Sent me on a search and found this. https://www.hunker.com/12567808/the-...o-soften-vinyl
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@Hondo Well, there ya go, shows how much I know! I guess it would depend on the quality and materials of your synthetic saddle then?

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Interesting. I don't come into contact with a lot of synthetic saddles, esp of the English variety - but I would have thought you'd treat them like synthetic car upholstery... and yet... Armor All I know would make that saddle shine like a new penny but also slicker than snot on a doorknob. LOL

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Synthetic saddles come in several different materials. Cordura, for instance. There wouldn't be any benefit to putting oil on Cordura, But you could probably wash it with mild soap, water and a soft scrub brush. Getting the dirt and sweat out would make it softer. Then you could apply a waterproofing spray, like Nikwax or Scotchbrite, or Camp Dry. That's what I've done with my Cordura saddle.


A Wintec would be made of a non-absorbing, suede like material that would probably be really damaged by oil. It wouldn't absorb the oil and would surely mess with the "sticky" quality of the material that is great for keeping you in the seat. Oil would surely ruin the "nap". Wintec makes a wash that you can use to clean the dirt off, and there are vinyl cleaners and protectants that might be good on the smooth under-surfaces. Raggtop is a brand of cleaner/conditioner that is not slippery and is made for auto Convertible tops, so has lots of UV protection in it. My Wintec is 18 years old, gets brushed occasionally to get rid of the dust, maybe wiped with a damp rag. It is virtually as good as new.


Even some leathers, like the seats of many western saddles, will reject oils. My Big Horn Cordura saddle, has a seat made of virtually impermeable leather, while the surrounding leather drinks conditioner by the gallon.



Other brands, other materials. But most synthetic materials are non-absorbent and would typically not absorb oils.
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post #7 of 7 Old 02-29-2020, 08:10 PM
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.. Armor All I know would make that saddle shine like a new penny

But guess how Armor All makes that plastic shine? It draws the internal oils of the plastic to the surface hence drying out the innards of the plastic making them stiff and brittle prematurely. Yup. Same for a lot of tire shine stuff. Best tire shine stuff that actually improves the life of the outer wall is plain old radiator anti-freeze. It has lubricant/rubber preserver stuff in it for the cooling system seals.


Animals love to drink it but it will kill them certain.


Side note: I used to ride dirt bikes. More than one dirt bike rider has learned the hard way not to Armor All the seat to make it "pretty":)
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