Jacket Fade…Will it Work? ….

Micawber

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Drag it behind that 'stang of yours for a quarter mile Burt, that ought to add a bit of patina;)

Cue stories from someone's uncle who may have overhead a discussion at an airshow about ELC adding patina by hauling jackets along dirt tracks while tied behind a quad...
 

B-Man2

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And I feel obligated and compelled to mention the mosquito is the state bird of Florida and all others I have encountered in Tx, Nc, and and Vt pale in comparison to these aggressive monsters
Tim
These guys have never seen our EVERGLADES MOSQUITO’s . The can carry off a small dog !!o_O

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;)
 

B-Man2

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Ok …..back to the topic of the thread ..From P-47s photos, this looks like the fading process, if done carefully, can really enhance a jacket and make it take on the look of a well worn original war time A2. I think slow and easy is the way to go on this and with a bit of attention you can get the desired results your looking for.
 

P-47 thunderbolt

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Ok …..back to the topic of the thread ..From P-47s photos, this looks like the fading process, if done carefully, can really enhance a jacket and make it take on the look of a well worn original war time A2. I think slow and easy is the way to go on this and with a bit of attention you can get the desired results your looking for.
I think yours may do well considering it has a redye type coat.

I think the dark gw redye did well because the UV effectively broke up the dark top coat, which in turn was protecting the original leather finish. The leather probably stayed quite supple as UV light didn't actually touch it very much.
It certainly created created a better and more convincing look than ELC's 'reissue/Hilts' A2.

Abrasion certainly helps too. Once the finish has begun to break down, the general wear from abrasion accelerates noticeably.
 

ties70

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When I was an active member at the Denimbro forum, there were contests...a couple of guys bought the same pair of jeans, posted progress of the wear and fade of their individual pair, and finally (after a year) decided on a winner.

Maybe a bit pricey for flight jacket afficionados to get identical GW contracts and start the same, but I think I will follow Burt's experiment and throw my FS Dubow in the ring and "Wear it, wet it, bake it!"

Let's see how the Pakistanian goat looks compared to horsehide after some UV treatment...

But Burt: Visits at the Sea Shell Tanning Salon in Jacksonville are strictly forbidden ;)

Ties
 

B-Man2

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Ties
Glad to have you join in. I think a goat skin A2 would be an interesting addition to the mix. I’ve had the Horsehide outside now for the last few days and don’t see anything that could be considered as a fade yet. No tanning salons in this jackets future :)
 

Pa12

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That's one thing I don't miss about Oz, all the creepy-crawlies.

Our property was infested with these buggers...

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I've got a video somewhere of one of these bastards eating a rat.

Lots of redbacks too which aren't fun, and especially when you've got small kids.
That would do me in. I can handle anything except spiders. Can’t even handle the big black and yellow garden spiders we have. And if they’re too big to step on, fuuuuuck thaaaat! Jesus! I’d sooner have a fucking bear chasing me.
 
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