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    Hi folks,
    Can anyone recommend a good leather care product for the Tabac leather in a a 72 model. Some is quite soft and some feels a bit hard, but looks good. So am thinking that some use of product may soften it up a bit and protect it from further degradation.
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    You can find leather conditioners in Bunnings, Coles and Woolies etc.. If you can find it, Connolly's Hide Food is good. Leatherique (now sold by the POR paint people) and Lexol products are often used by car owners. I quite like Gliptone's pH-Neutral leather cleaner and Liquid Leather (look on eBay I think).

    There was a discussion on this topic in the Restoration or the Technical sub-forum about a week ago.

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    There is a few good ones out there...

    Mothers.. leather conditioner is exxcellent

    Autoglym... also very good...

    Zymol... is also good and completely safe..ie.you can use it as an aftershave lotion...

    During my recent 604 tidy up... I tried everything from "vaseline" which actually isnt that bad... Armourall... the gel... which was crap...
    Some like mequires gold class were to dry and powdery... i havent tried the latest from mequires...

    My pic is the Mothers... it soaked up nicely... no residue... and buffed out well if you didnt want any of the moisture or "greasiness" ...



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    ps... I found the best way to apply the product was to put some rubber gloves on... and literally give the interior a massage... ie squeezing the leather so it sucked the moisture in wherever it had gone "porous"... there were a couple of parts that were to far gone even though they looked "ok".. I had those panels replaced by a trimmer... and a fine job he did for the money...

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    all those expensive ones from cheeper etc and have settled on the GLITZ one from Bunnings. can look a bit patch at first as the leather takes it up at different rates ,but it settles down just fine ,also use it on my lounge ,PUGS

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    I just used the left over stuff from our daughters horse riding days "Equinade leather & hide treatment" no problems
    cheers Dave

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    Absolutely! Saddle soap. Used in the days when there was only one horsepower propelling you along.

    The only leather upholstered car our family (my Dad) ever owned was a 1954 Austin A70. We used to put towels over the leather seats. Kept them cool in summer and warm in winter. Cured me of the desire to ever have a leather clad car. At least these days with compulsory seatbelts, you don't get the seat trifecta of hot in summer, cold in winter and slippery all the time.

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    Many people here recommend something called GY-WN. Or something like that it's called. Those that use it claim it's streets ahead of anything else, and I'm inclined to believe them.

    Of the standard car care products you'll find in Repco or wherever, I've found Mothers to be the best for leather.
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    Default Leatherwork specialists.

    Good place for leather care quality products in Melbourne is Lefflers 171 Kensington Road West Melbourne. This is their home site, Lots of leatherwork stuff, quality hides, and Conolly leather care products.

    http://www.lefflerleather.com.au/index.htm you can order and buy on line.

    Worth a visit, one of the few places in Melbourne still catering for the trade and also off the street customers.

    Lefflers Leather care products information automotive.

    http://www.unicornproducts.com.au/le...otorsports.php

    They also have a catalogue and cater for horse riding enthusiasts, and do have a wholesale discount if you become a member.

    For Citroen owners they probably have replacement leather patches to sew on sweaters etc. Just kidding!!

    Ken
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    Mink oil.
    Neatsfoot oil.

    Apply liberally with your hands to cover every bit of the leather. Let it steep for a few hours, and then mop off the excess with a shop cloth and buff to perfection.

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    Dubbin or GY will soak in on dry leather.
    This is after it has been cleaned, which is as important as the conditioner.

    Conollys Hide Food is not exactly the same same formula (or name) it as of 20 years ago, or so I am led to feel. The smell is different as well as the "feel" of the product.

    However, if the leather has dry rot, which is where it feels powdery, there is nothing to be done.
    Where the leather has hardened, there is the possibility repeated applications of the above will assist in preventing the next stage, which is cracking and eventually a tear.

    Lefflers has been around for donkeys and I'm wearing a belt with a buckle sourced from Lefflers over 20 years ago.
    Depending on your location Stockade Leather in Glenhuntly Road, Elsternwick is also a good place for advice from a man who has worked with leather for a lifetime.

    Hope this helps

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    Cruiserman - ex leatherwork teacher - swears by Ge-Wy. Apparently it's the only stuff that gets used by the equestrian industry.
    Best price I can seem to find is here
    http://www.vetproductsdirect.com.au/...&eq=&Tp=ANSUPP

    Also works very well nourishing your leather shoes

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