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To care for or not to care for your jacket ?

Officer Dibley

Well-Known Member
A lot of folk use leather dressings / treatments whilst also doing crazy things to make their jackets look authentic that would make a wartime aircrew roll their eyes.

But just what percentage of wearers of A-2’s in WW2 do you think used any leather dressings at all, ever ? I reckon none so why use it on a modern repro ?
 

stanier

Well-Known Member
Since I started a job where I can wear what I want my ELC Star has seen quite a bit of wear. I don’t baby it, but neither do I abuse it, and I certainly wouldn’t put treatments on it. It’s without doubt the best A-2 I’ve ever owned! Becoming like an old friend, particularly now I’ve lost a bit of weight. Boy are the ELC Stars cut trim! My size 40 is definitely for no more than a 40” Chest with no more than a 34 inch waist and ideally smaller! But I’m wandering again....just wear ‘em is what I say....
 

jeremiah

Well-Known Member
While I agree no dressing, would you happen to have something to back that claim up? I am curious. There are certainly lots of opinions but I have yet to see definitive proof where leather dressing ruins the leather. I doubt any of us here would live to see it if it did.
Not saying you are wrong.
 

Micawber

Well-Known Member
I know that if I don't give my good leather horse harness or saddles a feed every now and then, especially after prolonged use in the wet, the leather deteriorates and goes stiff and unusable. Same applies to decent leather boots too.
 

jeremiah

Well-Known Member
Agree. I have worked with horse tack too.
Even Latigo and harness leather will eventually need some maintenance.
That said.
What we do have it’s lots of vintage original leather jackets out there in all types of contrition. Some are rotting. So if they were never conditioned I guess they will rot too. Who knows.
 

John Lever

Moderator
While I agree no dressing, would you happen to have something to back that claim up? I am curious. There are certainly lots of opinions but I have yet to see definitive proof where leather dressing ruins the leather. I doubt any of us here would live to see it if it did.
Not saying you are wrong.
I would use dressing on a very old dry jacket. e.g. a WW2 Irvin found in a suitcase in the attic. I assumed the post to be about repros that get relatively little wear. In that case dressings might just make the leather greasy.
Wear and tear make leather look great.
 

Ken at Aero Leather

Well-Known Member
While I agree no dressing, would you happen to have something to back that claim up? I am curious. There are certainly lots of opinions but I have yet to see definitive proof where leather dressing ruins the leather. I doubt any of us here would live to see it if it did.
Not saying you are wrong.
Ken A-2 2013.JPG


Never treated with anything but river water (Accidentally)
I have seen some wrecked by chohineal
 

Changeling

Member
I think if a jacket is not stiff to the point of being uncomfortable to wear and the leather does not look dry to the point of getting damaged, then there is no real need for a leather conditioner. That said someone might want to put a sheen back on their leather, just because they like it that way, each persons choice at the end of the day.
 

Officer Dibley

Well-Known Member
The original question was really to point out that if you want to be “authentic”, generally don’t treat a repro.
Steve is also right: if you treat your jackets especially hard, treat. Of course saddles are not jackets. Nor are boots. And it’s everyone’s personal choice.

But there is a jacket on ebay where seller is saying his jacket was treated regularly but it’s only 2 years old. Why ??
 

Micawber

Well-Known Member
The original question was really to point out that if you want to be “authentic”, generally don’t treat a repro.
Steve is also right: if you treat your jackets especially hard, treat. Of course saddles are not jackets. Nor are boots. And it’s everyone’s personal choice.

But there is a jacket on ebay where seller is saying his jacket was treated regularly but it’s only 2 years old. Why ??
Maybe he just wants to marry it as he loves the feel of hot greasy leather.

I'll get me coat...
 
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