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Old 11-12-2019, 07:19 PM
jayej2156 jayej2156 is offline
 
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Default Darkening A New Leather Sling

I got a new leather sling for my M1A. I got it from Springfield, & it's a well made nice sling, but brand new leather, almost white. I'm hitting it with neatsfoot oil every chance I get to darken it, & it's gettin there, but it's slow go. Any of you guys have any better ideas, or am I doin the right thing, & just have to be patient?
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Old 11-12-2019, 07:41 PM
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well, you could stain it, but developing a patina naturally takes a long time. be patient, in 20 years it'll look great!

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Old 11-12-2019, 07:49 PM
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More time & neatsfoot oil I guess, hell, I'll be too old to shoot it in 20 years, lol.
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Old 11-12-2019, 08:00 PM
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Neatsfoot oil will darken the leather and make it stretchy, if it’s for use while shooting don’t put anything on it.
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Old 11-12-2019, 09:11 PM
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Thanks, but darker is what I'm after to match my cheek pad. Hopefully the stretchy part won't be extreme. After I get it dark enough, it should dry out some.
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Old 11-12-2019, 09:38 PM
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I've used brown shoe polish to darken some slings, also done a wipe down with my oily rag I use to wipe guns down. The two combine tend to make it a decent shade.

Not saying it's perfect for leather, but it's worked wonders for me so far.
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Old 11-12-2019, 10:17 PM
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Sent you a PM also ---- https://www.fiebing.com/catalogue/dyes/
recommend going with the PM suggestion 1st...
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Old 11-12-2019, 10:53 PM
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Heavy layer of Mink Oil, light heat to melt / saturate within.

TurnerSaddleryInc might not agree tho', and I think he knows leather better...
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Old 11-13-2019, 06:24 AM
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Clamp a 5lb weight to the end of each piece and hang them while they dry when you apply the Neatsfoot. This will help get all of the stretch out.
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Old 11-13-2019, 07:52 AM
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I prefer to leave them light and dry for shooting. Oil makes them slip and stretch.
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