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Flaking B3

Art

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Does anybody have a method to deal with this, when I received the jacket it was on just the forearm and was to be expected I believe due to its age but it seems to have spread to various places and Its not a look I like. It came from sunnier climates and spent its life in Australia before here in the UK , could the difference in climates have caused it to rapidly flake or was I duped with a convincing cover up that’s come of over time ,I’ve treated it once to some pecards and am thinking of paint or perhaps polish any tips or examples greatly appreciated nice one Art
 
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Carl

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Pecards wont make a difference to the shearling as it was "painted" with that "waterproof" finish Art , is this just not a "thing" of time ?? i have 2 pairs of A6 shearling boots both have this happening to them :(
 

Micawber

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Back in the day I had some success in removing the loose flaking, re dying & finishing with cellulose lacquer but it means using a decent spray setup. Haven't done it in years though.
 

MikeyB-17

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The stuff I suggested will help that, Art, but I doubt it will cure it. Mine was just a light rubbing off of the surface treatment at wear points, that’s fairly heavy flaking. The Tarrago cream will disguise the white hide surface underneath, but it won’t stop the flaking. I recall Andrew (Roughwear) saying something about flaking being fixable, try getting hold of him-he’s not posting here any more, not sure if he’s still a member. He’s still active on FB.
 

Pilot

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I had the same on an original Aero B-3.
I took carpenter glue ( white and sticky but very elastic), mixed / dyed it with shoemaker dye as close as possible to the original tone , ( will find the brand as soon as I am back in France) and treated, repainted the flaking...The mixture glue/dye was acting like a bond and skin at once..very strong and still very elastic even when dry.
 

Art

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I had the same on an original Aero B-3.
I took carpenter glue ( white and sticky but very elastic), mixed / dyed it with shoemaker dye as close as possible to the original tone , ( will find the brand as soon as I am back in France) and treated, repainted the flaking...The mixture glue/dye was acting like a bond and skin at once..very strong and still very elastic even when dry.
I recall reading a post on the forum where someone repainted/redyed a redskin B3 and the results were awesome. There has to be a remedy
 

Griffon_301

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I face the same problem on my now nearly 25 years old ELC B-3 but I have decided to leave the jacket as it is...that way it looks beaten up and seems to have been through a lot (which it actually has been with me :D ) so if I ever decide that I should need another B-3, it will be a new one then...
 

Art

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Kinda coming to same conclusion I figure mine must be 20 yr old oh what to do mixed batch or roughwear redskin £1300-1400 either way
 

Micawber

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I'll have to dig out and scan photos of original shearling's that I refinished years ago when I was more into doing such things. Stripping back the original flaking lacquer, re-dye and relacquiring is obviously do-able isn't for the faint hearted or folks who can't accept that there is always an element of risk involved.

I'm not sure I'd bother with a repro no matter how high end, after all flaking is what originals did.
 

Art

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I may have caused it myself as I've just read the do's n don'ts of pecards and it says do not use on sheepskin jackets that have started to flake/peel or starting to crack. Having used what I think is an equivalent that I had,ALC's professional leather care which is a dubbing substance this seems to have rapidly increased the flaking areas as I can't recall any probs except a small area on the forearm. Nevermind this was ideally suitable for a patch or 2
 

Geeboo

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It happened to my M-445 jacket & it happened to all these old sheepskin jacket. It just begins, later on it will become fragile & break up. There are 3 ways to deal with it, IMO.
1) wear as is - as a sign of patina ; if it was just flaking, not breaking
2) replace the whole "sub-piece" by another piece of the same sheepskin as someone have just done & showed recently - this is the best method but require many things like the right leather & seam-master work & is not cheap
3) What I did is to buy some goatskin or capeskin of the same color, cut it in a large patch & direct glue on top of the flake or break, then stitch it by sewing machine around the patch. That is the reverse process of repairing a broken leather whereas a piece of leather is glue behind & the upper is leveled with leather repair glue.
For this reason, 1 of these sheepskin jacket is enough for me :<
 
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