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Old 12-20-2007, 07:10 AM
 
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How do I "soften" up a leather jacket? I have one from many years ago but hardly ever wore it. It is pretty stiff....any suggestions?
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Old 12-20-2007, 07:13 AM
 
Location: Oxford, England
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Try rubbing it with Shea Butter ( usually available in Leather shops) and wear it as much as possible, that should help.
Or if you can't be bothered take it to a leather specialist cleaner.
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Old 12-23-2007, 07:50 PM
 
Location: in drifts of snow wherever you go
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Start wearing it. That will soften it up.
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Old 12-23-2007, 11:21 PM
 
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I use Bear Grease on my leather. I don't think they kill or harm any bears to make this product. LOL

It's good stuff.

Bear Grease
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Old 12-24-2007, 12:49 AM
 
Location: In the sticks of Illinois
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How do I "soften" up a leather jacket? I have one from many years ago but hardly ever wore it. It is pretty stiff....any suggestions?

Just wear it and keep on wearing it. It will loosen up. Seriously. Your body heat will loosen it and wearing will soften it. While you are at home, put it on and just wear it. Kinda like a new pair of shoes. If it is so stiff that it will crack then you might want to get some professional advise. Another bit of advise in order to preserve it, would be to get some rain proof spray and treat it with that. I'm sitting here thinking that maybe, indeed it could use some mink oil (or whatever oil a person uses on leather) in order to get the right moisture level back into it since it has been a long time, it is probably pretty dry huh? I don't know if Armor All would actually work or not. I would ask someone else what kind of oil you could or should use. Ok, just tryin to help.

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Old 12-25-2007, 09:07 AM
 
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Wear it.

Or try leaving the shower on real hot and steaming it.
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Old 12-25-2007, 09:18 AM
 
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Thumbs up Mink Oil

I have always used mink oil. That , and a lot of rubbing and massaging, will make your new leather feel like broken in leather. I have heard about using Shea's oil/soap but never used it so I can't report on well it works.
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