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Old 12-19-2014, 10:03 AM   #21
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Soaking your leather is OK? I was always scared to get rain on them because they would lose strength in a crash. BS?
which is why cows always end up with sagging skin after a hard rain.



Water itself doesn't do anything to leather. It's animal skin and can be washed. What you don't want to do is let it stay wet for long periods. Then it'll rot and/or grow mold. Dry it quickly and apply oil or conditioner to keep the leather supple.
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Soaking leather in water can make it stiff. Also, if you wash all the natural oils out of the leather it can crack. Leather should be cleaned properly and then conditioned.
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Old 12-19-2014, 06:03 PM   #23
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which is why cows always end up with sagging skin after a hard rain.



Water itself doesn't do anything to leather. It's animal skin and can be washed. What you don't want to do is let it stay wet for long periods. Then it'll rot and/or grow mold. Dry it quickly and apply oil or conditioner to keep the leather supple.
Well, cows have living leather. When I get rained on I stuff the sleeves with paper towels (like a shoe horn) and hang it. From now I guess I will stuff with paper, lay it on a towel, and use some sort of conditioner?
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When people wash in a machine they usually use laundry detergent. Detergents attract oil and grease. You don't want to remove the natural oils out of your leather. There are plenty leather cleaning and conditioning products out there.

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