Shearling Preventative Maintenance?

Discussion in 'Care / Preservation' started by Dover, Dec 17, 2018.

  1. Dover

    Dover Active Member

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    I recently acquired a RoughWear B6. Love the jacket and will post pics soon.
    I have a question in the meantime. I've seen pictures of older shearling jackets with flaking and leather loss.
    Don't want that happening to mine so....would an application of Pecard's or a similar product be wise to
    prevent similar leather flaking? Or are repro jackets "sealed" with something during manufacture to prevent this type of damage? Any ideas?
     
  2. Steve27752

    Steve27752 Well-Known Member

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    You should not need to treat a new jacket.......Shearling will flake, rip and eventually blow. As far as I know there is no way to stop it happening.
     
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  3. Smithy

    Smithy Well-Known Member

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    Just as over time your hair will grey and gravity will do funny things to some of your bits and bobs, so a shearling/sheepskin jacket with experience some flaking and top coat loss of the outside surface. It's natural and is merely patina - look at original 80 year old Irvins, B-3s. B-6s, etc.

    If you want a pristine sheepskin jacket you'll either have to not wear it or replace it every few years when wear becomes apparent. Personally I'd rather have a jacket with some wear and tear.
     
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  4. Dover

    Dover Active Member

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    OK understood and thanks for the feedback. Guess I'll just enjoy the ride then.:)
     
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  5. silvio76

    silvio76 Active Member

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    I use hand creme once a year and spread on leather. Leather is soft and do not flaking.
     

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