I found an awesome leather jacket yesterday

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    Jul 21, 2011 9:45 AM GMT
    But how do I look after it properly?

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    Jul 21, 2011 9:52 AM GMT
    The great thing about leather jackets is in my opinion the more wear they have, the better they look.

    It looks great on you! When you say you 'found' it do you mean literally?

    I would just get a leather protector spray and use that. And just try not to get it damp or leave it next to a radiator.
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    Jul 21, 2011 10:03 AM GMT
    Hmm I don't know if it's because the jacket is open,but it looks kinda big; It's cute though. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jul 21, 2011 10:18 AM GMT
    Pure saidThe great thing about leather jackets is in my opinion the more wear they have, the better they look.

    It looks great on you! When you say you 'found' it do you mean literally?

    I would just get a leather protector spray and use that. And just try not to get it damp or leave it next to a radiator.

    haha na I didn't just find it laying around, found it in a store, paid for it and everything haha

    I agree though, a leather jacket thats been well loved and well looked after looks just down right awesome!

    I need to find a way to keep it clean though and how to condition it properly icon_sad.gif
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    Jul 21, 2011 10:19 AM GMT
    Lenoxx said Hmm I don't know if it's because the jacket is open,but it looks kinda big; It's cute though. icon_biggrin.gif

    It's actually a perfect fit on my shoulders and arms, bit big around the waist area though but that's to be expected on a jacket when it's on me haha
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    Jul 21, 2011 11:52 AM GMT
    You look great in it, but again you look great in anything you wear.
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    Jul 21, 2011 11:58 AM GMT
    Lenoxx said Hmm I don't know if it's because the jacket is open,but it looks kinda big; It's cute though. icon_biggrin.gif





    Nahhhhh....it fits you just right in all the places where it should.


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    i wore my father's U. S. Air Force bomber jacket for years, until it became a second skin on me. then my younger, smaller brother grabbed it.

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    Jul 21, 2011 12:49 PM GMT
    rnch saidi wore my father's U. S. Air Force bomber jacket for years, until it became a second skin on me. then my younger, smaller brother grabbed it.


    I'd probably have killed my brother had he tried to steal ma jacket.. actually I'd kill him if he tried hahaha

    This is like totally super awesomeness for me, I've wanted a leather jacket for years but I just couldn't find the right one.

    Now however I'm in LOVE!!!!
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    Jul 21, 2011 1:12 PM GMT
    It's too big on you. It looks tacky. And are those zippers going across the chest? Oy! It belongs in a thrift store.
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    Jul 21, 2011 1:15 PM GMT
    Looks fine to me... as far as taking care of it, Pure is right The more wear that they have the better they look.
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    Jul 21, 2011 1:17 PM GMT
    personally i've never treated my leather jackets in any way and they've managed just fine... leather is pretty durable so long as you don't get it wet and then leave it wet in which case it will develop mildew which will rot the leather...

    but if you really think you need to protect it then you can get scotchguard at coles or woolies or k-mart... it's usually used on leather lounges to make them resistant to liquid spills... it's about $12-$16 a can and you just spray it on the jacket and leave it to dry... it shouldn't change the look/feel/smell of the leather but you should do a test patch on the inside bottom of the jacket at the back just in case...

    other options are to head to a saddlery where you can get the same stuff that's used to protect horseriding saddles... just don't use car seat leather protectant or you'll smell like a new car...

    hope that helps...

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    Jul 21, 2011 1:19 PM GMT
    Apply "Huberd's Shoe Oil" according to the directions. (Once, then again the next day.) You won't be able to wear it for the first day (while the leather absorbs it) but it leaves the leather soft and well preserved. The first time I used it I was extremely satisfied and ended up finishing a can of it (8 oz/ 227 ml) on all my leather.
    Highly recommended!
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    Jul 21, 2011 1:21 PM GMT
    76coopers saidpersonally i've never treated my leather jackets in any way and they've managed just fine... leather is pretty durable so long as you don't get it wet and then leave it wet in which case it will develop mildew which will rot the leather...

    but if you really think you need to protect it then you can get scotchguard at coles or woolies or k-mart... it's usually used on leather lounges to make them resistant to liquid spills... it's about $12-$16 a can and you just spray it on the jacket and leave it to dry... it shouldn't change the look/feel/smell of the leather but you should do a test patch on the inside bottom of the jacket at the back just in case...

    other options are to head to a saddlery where you can get the same stuff that's used to protect horseriding saddles... just don't use car seat leather protectant or you'll smell like a new car...

    hope that helps...


    Thanks man. I'm probably just being pedantic about it, just never had a leather jacket haha had leather shoes but I treat'em pretty badly icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jul 21, 2011 1:22 PM GMT
    BuddyinNYC saidApply "Huberd's Shoe Oil" according to the directions. (Once, then again the next day.) You won't be able to wear it for the first day (while the leather absorbs it) but it leaves the leather soft and well preserved. The first time I used it I was extremely satisfied and ended up finishing a can of it (8 oz/ 227 ml) on all my leather.
    Highly recommended!

    Sounds kewl but I on't think we can get that in Australia
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    Jul 21, 2011 1:23 PM GMT
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    76coopers saidpersonally i've never treated my leather jackets in any way and they've managed just fine... leather is pretty durable so long as you don't get it wet and then leave it wet in which case it will develop mildew which will rot the leather...

    but if you really think you need to protect it then you can get scotchguard at coles or woolies or k-mart... it's usually used on leather lounges to make them resistant to liquid spills... it's about $12-$16 a can and you just spray it on the jacket and leave it to dry... it shouldn't change the look/feel/smell of the leather but you should do a test patch on the inside bottom of the jacket at the back just in case...

    other options are to head to a saddlery where you can get the same stuff that's used to protect horseriding saddles... just don't use car seat leather protectant or you'll smell like a new car...

    hope that helps...


    Thanks man. I'm probably just being pedantic about it, just never had a leather jacket haha had leather shoes but I treat'em pretty badly icon_biggrin.gif


    No worries; I've had leather jackets for years and never had them wear out - I'd still have all of them if I wasn't such a clutz and left them at various cloak checks over the years!
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    BuddyinNYC saidApply "Huberd's Shoe Oil" according to the directions. (Once, then again the next day.) You won't be able to wear it for the first day (while the leather absorbs it) but it leaves the leather soft and well preserved. The first time I used it I was extremely satisfied and ended up finishing a can of it (8 oz/ 227 ml) on all my leather.
    Highly recommended!

    Sounds kewl but I on't think we can get that in Australia



    Try a serious gay leather shop. They should have the best leather preservation stuff.
    I've used Lexol in the past but it doesn't compare with Huberd's. Once I used a liquid lanolin (Kiwi or Bass brand?) for leather- and it washed off in an unexpected short rain, leaving a white film when it dried.
    Another thing- if the coat gets wet, don't put it near a heat source. Let it dry out in natural room temperature.
    Enjoy your new jacket!
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    Jul 21, 2011 1:25 PM GMT
    76coopers saidNo worries; I've had leather jackets for years and never had them wear out - I'd still have all of them if I wasn't such a clutz and left them at various cloak checks over the years!

    LOL I'm REALLY hoping I never do that, this thing was kinda not exactly cheap hahaha
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    Jul 21, 2011 1:25 PM GMT
    BuddyinNYC saidTry a gay leather shop.

    There are gay leather shops?????? icon_eek.gif That's a new one to me hahaha
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    Jul 21, 2011 1:37 PM GMT
    Leather conditioner works well and helps to stave off the moisture build up.

    If you can't find that particular brand , find a similar one to it.

    I had beautiful motorcycle jacket and it was worth every penny..
    Unfortunately my brother has nabbed it and most likely has either lost it or gave it to someone!!! icon_evil.gif

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    BuddyinNYC saidTry a gay leather shop.

    There are gay leather shops?????? icon_eek.gif That's a new one to me hahaha


    Leather fetish wares (chaps, harnesses, leather pants/shirts), they also sell leather jackets and coats.
    They must have them in Oz.
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    BuddyinNYC saidTry a gay leather shop.

    There are gay leather shops?????? icon_eek.gif That's a new one to me hahaha


    Try this one; these guys have everything and they're on Oxford Street.

    EDIT. Sorry, previous link was the Byron store... try this one...

    http://www.saxfetish.com
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    Jul 21, 2011 1:53 PM GMT
    It looks great in the shoulders, and looks like the perfect length for your arms. When you zip it up, you want it to go just below your waist line, which this one goes a bit below, but that is fine. I'd rather have that and have it stop cold wind from going up your jacket than have it be too short. You can always take it to a leather shop (one who specializes in jackets and boots; not a shop that sells cheap chest harnesses) and have them bring it in and up just a bit.

    As for care, they are pretty easy to care for. I put a bit of time and effort into cleaning my leathers, but I'm a bootblack, so that's to be expected. icon_wink.gif

    If your jacket didn't come pre-treated, then I'd suggest getting some mink oil. Put a small, dime-sized amount on a soft cloth, smear it into the cloth, and blot it all over the front of the jacket. Do this quickly, as you don't want it to dry out. Now take the cloth and wipe in the oil as quickly as you can. Do the same for the back. This will coat the jacket to protect it from water spotting, salt, dirt, etc.
    NOTE: I am only saying this because your jacket looks black from the picture. Using mink oil on a brown / dark red jacket WILL darken the jacket more. You've been warned.

    The next part really depends on the type of leather we're working with. Is it natural grained? Buffed / suede? Oil finished? I generally only wear natural grained, but have worked on many oil finished boots as well. Suede is a different type of care altogether. Your jacket doesn't look suede, but I can't feel it, so I don't know for sure. I'll assume it's not.

    You should only have to clean your jacket when it gets salt buildup or lots of dirt on it that water alone will not remove. I clean mine once after the winter, and condition mine twice a year. It's dry where I live though, and at a high altitude, so you may only have to condition yours once per year at the end of winter; I'm not sure what the climate is like there.

    You'll want a horsehair buffing brush, a dauber (small brush to use for soap), a few washcloths, saddle soap, and a leather conditioner (I use Kiwi). Also mink oil if your jacket has an oil finish.

    To wash, first give the jacket a good buffing with the horse hair brush. You're getting every bit of dirt and salt off of the jacket that you can find. Buff the fuck out of that jacket until it looks like you've just finished the cleaning process.

    Next you'll want to get your dauber and wet that fucker. Rub the wet dauber in the saddle soap until you get a bit of a coating on the dauber, and it'll start to suds up a little. Now rub that shit on your jacket, making sure to get the spots with dirt and salt really well. Especially salt. Salt will make your jacket look like shit. Get it off your jacket! Scrub that bastard clean until it looks like you want to fuck the jacket. Hard.

    Next you'll want a damp cloth to wipe off all the saddle soap from your jacket. Get ALL of that shit off of there; you don't want to dry out your jacket or leave spots on it, do you? Then work your ass off cleaning all the soap away.

    There, are you finished? Fuck no you're not; break out your conditioner. Put about a quarter-sized amount on a piece of cloth, and blot all over the front left half of the jacket. Now quickly wipe that shit in before it spots. Next, do the front right. Do the same to the back. This is skin you're dealing with, so moisturize that shit, or it'll get all dry and crinkly and you'll look like a fucktard. DO NOT skip this step! Condition your jackets!

    Now you'll want to leave the jacket hanging for about a day to let the conditioner really seep in, and let the leather breathe.

    As for storing your new jacket, store it openly; preferably hanging. If you put it in a plastic bag or container where it can't breathe, it will shorten the life of your new friend. You'll have killed it, and its death will have been all your fault. Nobody wants that type of guilt on their hands. REMEMBER to condition your leather and let it sit out for a day before wearing it. Guys will be throwing their mouths at your cock just for walking by them when they smell that sweet, sweet leather. Be prepared for that.

    Please don't wear leather anything without boots or leather shoes. It's a cringe factor to see someone wearing a beautiful leather jacket and ruining everything with white tennis shoes. Good luck, and enjoy your new jacket! It looks great.
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    Jul 21, 2011 2:14 PM GMT
    76coopers saidTry this one; these guys have everything and they're on Oxford Street.

    EDIT. Sorry, previous link was the Byron store... try this one...

    http://www.saxfetish.com

    OOOH I've been in there years ago, or i think it was that one, might be a different place though.

    Thanks for the link!!
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    Jul 21, 2011 2:18 PM GMT
    Pyro man, that is freakin awesome, Thank you heaps!!

    The leather isn't shiny and it's not suede, it's inbetween, it's incredibly soft, but it has some shine to it, I think that might be the stuff they put on it. There is certainly something on the leather, conditioner, protector I don't know, but I can feel it on my hands after I've been touching it (And I'm touching it a lot hahaha)

    So, one quick question, the finish on it seems to be shiny in parts which I think is caused by the protection on it rather then the leather, but I can't be sure, however is there anything to be done so it's not shiny, just matte finish or a little less shiny? mind you I couldn't care less if there is cause I love that freakin thing..

    And now I'm touching it again hahahahaha
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    Jul 21, 2011 2:22 PM GMT
    Yep, sounds like they've coated it with a protectant. Grab one of those horsehair buffing brushes, and buff the coat lightly. You'll want to keep the protectant on until it wears itself in (could take a month or three), but buffing it will not remove it; it'll just help work it in. Buff it for about 5 minutes or so. It'll wear in. Enjoy! icon_razz.gif