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tripledoose 06-13-2017 03:02 PM

What to put on a drying leather sling?
I have a leather sling that is starting to dry out and crack. What is the best thing to put on it to keep it from getting any worse? Thank you.

FrankC 06-13-2017 03:20 PM

Sweat! -- I have a biothane, what do I know.
Saddle Soap?

fmfpacdoc 06-13-2017 04:28 PM

Reconditioned many sling & ball gloves. Good ole Saddle Soap!!

gap 06-13-2017 04:47 PM

Nothing, you will only make it worse.

nunya80 06-13-2017 05:32 PM

Steve9 06-13-2017 09:21 PM

I like Thompson's Water Seal--the non-water based type.

Big_Red 06-14-2017 02:32 AM

Mr. Richard Turner of Turner Saddlery posts here and recommends you do NOT use Neatsfoot oil as it invites fungus and mold spores that can lead to mildew.
Below are a few threads where he goes into further details.

To summarize them...
As gap mentions, maybe best option is nothing applied.
However, if you do use something, do not use Neatsfoot, Lexol, SnoSeal.
Try to avoid Pecards (can cause a "bloom" of previous conditioners, oils, etc on the surface of the leather),
Instead, try to use something like Blackrock Leather n Rich, Oakwood Leather Conditioner, Tanners Original Leather Oil or Turner's own Military Beeswax Dressing (no affiliation, but have used it and it and the Oakwood stuff on old and new leather...both work).
Don't believe he has addressed saddle soap.

tripledoose 06-14-2017 09:25 AM

Thanks everyone for the replies. Nothing can be easy.

CalvaryCop 06-14-2017 10:18 AM

There are two kinds of saddle soap. The first is an orange colored paste that is basically soap. It is used towash dirt and sweat et. from leather. The other is glycerine bars used to preserve the leather. Neetsfoot oil might soften a baseball mit but can deteriorate leather.

35Rem 06-17-2017 02:06 PM

I've used Meguiars leather conditioner.

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