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Old 06-13-2017, 04:02 PM
tripledoose tripledoose is offline
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Default 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.
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Old 06-13-2017, 04:20 PM
FrankC FrankC is offline
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Sweat! -- I have a biothane, what do I know.
Saddle Soap?
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Old 06-13-2017, 05:28 PM
fmfpacdoc fmfpacdoc is offline
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Reconditioned many sling & ball gloves. Good ole Saddle Soap!!
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Old 06-13-2017, 05:47 PM
gap gap is offline
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Nothing, you will only make it worse.
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Old 06-13-2017, 06:32 PM
nunya80 nunya80 is offline
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my feedback:

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Old 06-13-2017, 10:21 PM
Steve9 Steve9 is offline
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I like Thompson's Water Seal--the non-water based type.
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Old 06-14-2017, 03:32 AM
Big_Red Big_Red is offline
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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.

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Old 06-14-2017, 10:25 AM
tripledoose tripledoose is offline
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Thanks everyone for the replies. Nothing can be easy.
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Old 06-14-2017, 11:18 AM
CalvaryCop CalvaryCop is offline
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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.
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Old 06-17-2017, 03:06 PM
35Rem 35Rem is offline
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I've used Meguiars leather conditioner.
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