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Old 05-20-2014, 06:06 PM   #21
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Y'all like all kinds of chemicals on your gear. Whatever happened to washing them?
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Get this jacket in white. Then you can be my twinsie.

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I've washed my leather jacket before in the bath tub. I used room temperature water and a few drops of dish soap (don't know if that was really a good idea but the jacket is fine). While the leather was still a little damp, I put leather conditioner on it to make sure the leather didn't get damaged or hard.
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Doing a bathtub soak sounds like a good idea. I'm not looking to do it every week.. maybe just in the fall. But after sweating in it all summer...

Thanks for the input everyone
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I don't let it soak very long... just kinda swish it around for a minute or so, then rinse it and dry it off with a towel and hang it.
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Doing a bathtub soak sounds like a good idea. I'm not looking to do it every week.. maybe just in the fall. But after sweating in it all summer...

Thanks for the input everyone
I've got a pair of deer leather gloves, and the washing instructions are to put them on and "wash your hands" under warm water with woolite (gentle detergent), hang dry, then apply leather conditioner. I don't see why that wouldn't work with a leather jacket.
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I've got a pair of deer leather gloves, and the washing instructions are to put them on and "wash your hands" under warm water with woolite (gentle detergent), hang dry, then apply leather conditioner. I don't see why that wouldn't work with a leather jacket.
Not sure, i think you need a leather moisturizer to prevent it from drying out maybe.
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My track suit has been through the washing machine 3 or 4 times on a gentle cycle. No problems whatsoever. Just DO NOT hang dry. I normally lay it in the bathtub for a few days turning it over when I remember.
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From my experience with veg tanned leather, the main things to watch out for are:
-Not heating it, as this makes the leather brittle
-Not stretching it while wet
-Avoid abrasive contact with the finished surface while it is wet

It may be different with chrome tanned leather, I'm not sure.
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Old 05-21-2014, 06:25 PM   #31
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My track suit has been through the washing machine 3 or 4 times on a gentle cycle. No problems whatsoever. Just DO NOT hang dry. I normally lay it in the bathtub for a few days turning it over when I remember.
Lol I do this too but I go to the laundry mat since they have the big machines. You may want to reconsider if you have a nice expensive suit unlike mine lol
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I'll throw my custom cut suit in when it gets nasty. My suit survived, I don't see why a better built suit wouldn't?
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I was thinking perhaps some of the dyes may not be colorfast and the agitation may wear the outside surface of the leather.
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Oh. Well, my washer doesn't have a center agitator. So I can't comment on that.
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Not sure, i think you need a leather moisturizer to prevent it from drying out maybe.
Isn't that what leather conditioner is? I really don't know, I've only washed them once (about to wash them again) and I know they need to be treated with something.
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I was thinking perhaps some of the dyes may not be colorfast and the agitation may wear the outside surface of the leather.
You are correct. Even soaking them for too long in too warm of water will make them bleed.
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I don't wash my leathers but if I did I would just spray them down with a hose and condition or oil
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for me leather is hot in summer n cold in winter....only wear it on the track. Quality cordura with armor is my choice for the street. F mesh though....seen that stuff melted into road rash making the injury worse
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Does anyone brave the summer with a leather jacket? if so how do you keep the "smell" down?

I only have a leather jacket right now (mesh coming soon) Its perforated and not all to bad while moving, the morning ride to work is not bad... but the ride back home is getting a bit hot when stopped in traffic.

So what is your method of cleaning the inside of the jacket?
You are going to bake in any jacket if you get stuck in traffic and don't split. If you continue to use the leather, give it a day off to dry out completely just like you would with leather shoes.
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my leathers always seem to smell more like exhaust and oil than BO. Ya'll some stinky mofos.
We may be stinky mofos, but you, sir, are running rich fuel mix and have oil leak
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