Jamin' Leather Care & Conditioning
on Waterproofing Leather
I need to waterproof a new leathers after I buy
Depends! Articles that will often be exposed to
rain or outdoor environment (morning dew, etc.)
will require it. Especially motorcycle accessories
and leather apparel worn on the bike. We don't
recommend storing leather bags on a motorcycle
in a damp garage or storage since the dampness
will destroy from underneath and inside the article.
Remove the bags from the bike before long periods
of storage time.
What is the best waterproofing
Mink Oil for black leathers with low to high luster.
Extra soft leather (AKA naked leather, newbuck,
or buffed leathers as well as suede) we recommend
our Protect-All spray. Protect-All is one of the
only formulas that will not darken the leather.
often do I have to reapply the waterproofing?
Depending on use and exposure to the elements.
Often once a year if using a mink oil product
and once a season with Protect-All. The protector
will breakdown in time, especially with extended
exposure to moisture or sun.
the products I use to protect my shoes work on
my jacket or any leather article?
Read the labels. But generally yes. If it is made
for leather it will work fine on all your leather
protecting with Silicone any good?
Honestly, we don't know since we don't sell it.
How's that for being straight forward. Recently
it has been said that silicone can breakdown the
leather and ruin it. But I'm sure there are storage
concerns that may effect any negative results.
It used to be a product sworn by many for years
A-NO54086 - Will darken light leathers. Sometimes, that's exactly
what you want. Especially when it comes to saddlery,
safety belts, gloves and other heavy unfinished leathers.
Protects leather against stiffening and drying out.
Restores leather's softness and makes it more pliable.
Penetrates as it lubricates and waterproofs the fibers
yet allowing the leather to breathe. Just rub liberally
into leather, wipe off excess and it's ready for storage
or use. 8 oz bottle. [1#]
against drying out
leather to breathe
leather more pliable
A-MO54037 - Will darken light
colors. A black leather favorite. Longest lasting
water protection of all available. Unlike paste,
will not cake up in stitching and discolor in time.
Apply freely and rub in for your degree of softness.
A natural water protection and highly recommended
by Jamin' Leather.™ [1#]
clean, polish and protect your leathers as it conditions.
Ideal for auto upholstery, leather furniture, leather
garments and all finished leathers. Great for exotic
leathers as well such as snake, alligator etc. [1#]
#A-PROALL - Recommended
by symbols and §. A
5.5 oz. can. This high quality product made by KIWI
may be the single most important product you can purchase
to prevent permanent staining from liquids that could
penetrate the leather or suede.
restore dirty leather
and stain protection
for all colors
not darken leather
leather and suede to breathe
on boots or dress shoes
for all sude and top grain leather
&A on Cleaning Leather
Do I need to routinely need
to clean my leather?
No. We recommend only to clean leather if it is
dirty and most of all noticeably dirty.
do I clean my leather item?
Most surface dirt will clean with a damp cloth
(save the money on costly cleaning bills). If
a finished leather with a low to high luster you
can use a touch of mild dish soap on a clean cloth.
If still dirty you will have to visit a local
cleaners to send it out professionally. Oil stains
and ink don't come out most of the time. We recommend
shopping Jamin' Leather Online Catalog for a replacement.
leathers smell. What can I do?
That depends on what it smells like. The rawhide
smell can naturally smell like a cow pasture.
But most likely what you are smelling is the dyes
and finishes on the hide Almost nothing can be
done to instantly remove the smell. All you should
do is wear it out doors often. The more you wear
it and the warmth of your body will eventually
soften the smell but never eliminate it. If your
leather smells like body odor you may need to
take it to a professional to clean the jacket.
There are some chemical cleaners that could help
but we don't know or use any to recommend..
do I clean my suede item?
Try our Suede cleaner for less than $6, otherwise
do not bother. It can be sent out for a professional
cleaning but often can cost more than the article
is worth to clean it. Sometimes suede brushes
(soft wire bristle brush) work a bit, but often
the person cleaning will brush off too much suede
and create a bald spot that is worse.
A-SS54031 - No more
yucky paste, now available in a pump sprayer. A
deep cleaner and conditioner for all your natural
and finished leathers. Just spray it on and wash
with a soft damp cloth. Rub in any excess as you
clean. Can be safe for some light colors, test an
inconspicuous area first and let dry. [1#]
for suede, naked, or nubuck
for garments, shoes, saddlery
on Conditioning Leather
I need to condition a new coat or leather article
when I buy it?
No. All leather articles in new condition are
tanned with all the conditioners needed for immediate
What would Jamin' Leather
recommend for leather conditioner?
Not any one specific brand. We offer Mink Oil
and Pitch Blend Brand. Most all available today
are of good quality and will do as the show on
the label. Be sure to use the right product for
the right job. Understand that a conditioner can
also be a water repellent (like the 2 we offer)
but most don't protect against water damage. Conditioner
should not be used on suede or light color since
they may change the color and texture.
conditioning make my leather last longer?
Yes. But understand it is not always needed on
brand new articles. Conditioning will improve
the life of the garment by restoring natural properties
of the hide that often dry out in time.
leather appears to be stiff. Will conditioning
On an old article, possibly. On a damaged article,
no. More than likely it is stiff because it was
stored in a very hot place. I.E.: trunk of a car,
back seat of a car, on radiator or heating element,
or outdoors. If you really like the article it
might be worth a try to condition it.
often do I need to reapply conditioner?
Only as often as you find results. Over conditioning
can make the article oily. Depending on how much
the article is absorbing the conditioner will
determine the frequency. In general terms once
a year to once every other year.
on Repairing Leather
jacket (leather article) is scratched up. How
do I make it look new?
On finished leathers with
a low to high luster a shoe polish will work.
But if not buffed out completely
off the polish will rub off on your clothes. We
don't recommend trying to touch up light color
leathers or suede, it just won't work and you
will ruin the article. Another trick for this
type of leather (black only) is to get some black
shoe dye from the local grocery store and dab
it on a wad of cotton cloth, rub it on some junk
cardboard and get the wet dye spot damp. Then
rub it on the scratches. BE CAREFUL, too much
dye will show and be obvious. You should be able
to buff it and it will almost look as good as
stitching in my leather came apart. What do I
Easily repairable by almost anyone who sews. On
extra heavy leathers go to a local shoemaker,
they've got the right equipment. Most leathers
can be sewn on conventional machines with a leather
needle. The person repairing may need to separate
the liner first to get inside.
is a rip (or hole) in my leather. What do I do?
Start shopping at jaminleather.com for another
one. There is hardly any repair person willing
to replace parts of a leather article for many
reasons. Some reasons include matching the color,
texture, grain and thickness of leather (especially
black leather). Temporary patches could be attached
on the inside or out to hold it together, but
often they make the article embarrassingly ugly.
Keep that jacket for house painting.
jacket is faded bad. What can I do?
Buy another. We realize you probably don't want
to give up old faithful, BUT there is one thing
that will help. Blacks and very dark colors can
be rejuvenated with the magic of mink oil spray.
The mink oil will darken the hide, adding color,
as well as waterproofing and conditioning. If
you spray it on be sure to spray it evenly and
on every inch or it will be noticeable where you
touched it up. You might get some more life out
of old faithful after all!
leather appears to have shrunk. What's up?
Either you gained a lot of weight or it was stored
in a very hot place. I.E.: trunk of a car, back
seat of a car, on radiator or heating element,
or outdoors. Unfortunately there is nothing you
can do except replace it.
Pigskin - Economically
priced leather, noticeable hair folicle pattern,
thin leather generally .8-1.0 mm thick.
Pig suede - Economically
priced suede, noticable hair folicle pattern,
very soft, thin suede generally .8-1.0 mm thick.
Cowhide - Maximum valued material for texture and appearance,
top grain finish, extremely durable, firm yet
easy to break in, comfortable, thickness vary
greatly from .8 mm thick thur 1/8" thick
for belting and saddlery, grain can be from
extra smoothe through a pebble grain uniform
pattern, generally less expensive grains will
have some spider web type gain pattern.
suede - Maximum durability in a suede, comfortable,
can come is a variety of softness, thickness
can vary greatly from .8 mm thick thru 1/8"
Economically priced leather more durable than
pigskin but with a courser tiny pebble grain
finish. Generally only available in weights
of .9 to 1.1 mm thick.
Horse hide - Can be expensive but lately has been pricing
similar to cowhide but happens to be harder
to work with, stiffer and stronger. Ideal for
bag and cases or heavy biker garments. Harder
to find these days. Thicknesses from 1.0 to
Split Leather -
Economically priced leather that can appear
like top grain finish or a rustic cracked finish
leather. strong and durable and can vary in
thickness from .8 mm thicn thru 1/8" thick.
Calfskin - Rare in comparison to other leathers, baby
cow, more durable than cow, thin, softer, thickness
range from .8 mm to 2.0 mm thickness.
Buffalo - Value priced, heavy duty leather, hair folicles
and grain often evident, durable and generally
found in thickness from .9 mm to 3.0 mm thick.
Steerhide - A skin
from a male cow or male buffalo that is generally
the same properties of each but a bit tougher
than the female skins.
Sheepskin/Lambskin - Extremely soft, comfortable, pliable but can
stretch and excessively distort the shape of
the garment after excessive use, some tanning
can be expensive, softer and plumper is more
expensive, less expensive skins have a tight
small pebble grain and the cheapest skins will
be course in it's feel.
Most value in softness vs durability, extremely
soft and extremely durable, generally very expensive.
Pebble grain common. Soft touch and somewhat
spongy in it's feel. Thickness is between 1.0
and 3.0 mm thick.
Chamois - Is baby lambskin. Absorbant and naturally
yellow in color. This is the split section of
the hyde. Can be used in washable garments,
stains easily, extremely soft to the touch and
my dry stiff unless hung neatly to dry. Thickness
is from .8 to 1.2 mm thick.
Naked - This is
a tanning process or lack of finishes giving
it the Naked name. Any skin can be naked but
most commonly you will find naked leathers in
cowhide with all the durability and qualities
of such. Generally a more expensive skin because
they have to use choice skins (without markings
and scars) for the leather to be used in manufacturing
Distressed - A
term used commonly these days as an uneven colored
finish. Most common in light brown naked buffalo
leather (where each pannel on a garment is rarely
a perfect match due to the unique qualities
of each and every skin). In the 50's though
the 80's distressed leathers had been where
the painted outter coat finish cam off or rubbed
off during use. Some people still use words
like "rub off" or "pull up"
(pull up has extra oils in it for a similar
effect). Distressed can come in a variety of
thicknesses, textures, skins and even colors.
Patch Leather -
Random scraps of leather are sewn together and
then pressed to make a large flat garment later
cut into pattern parts to make things from jackets
to bags. Generally any type of leather is used
here. Most common is garment weights of .9 to
1.0 mm thick in a variety of pigskins, lambskins,
goatskins, sheepskins and even cowhide.
Leather recommends mostly cowhide or buffalo
leather for protection for riding or motorcycle