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can anyone tell me the best way to condition my old duro jac? i've used a leather oil (vanson's) but it still seems a little dry and stiffish, any ideas? thanks
Gail on 12/03/12 at 11:49 AM

I just posted on another post about applying products to leather and the caution in doing so. If you have applied other products other then oil to the jacket it could be the cause of the stiffness. If it is an old DuroJac it is probably the leather drying out and should be professionally conditioned before the leather dry rots and rips. Gail

gixxer11 on 12/03/12 at 01:31 PM
any idea who there is in the uk? thanks
Gail on 12/03/12 at 01:49 PM

I am sorry but I do mnot have a recommendation in the UK, maybe one of our blog members in the UK can recommend a leather cleaner for you.  Gail

tomdoll on 12/04/12 at 02:56 AM
Hello, Personally i use Saddle Soap for cleaning and Sapo cream for Feeds, softens and regenerates leathers of jacket while protecting the sewings. http://www.lamartingale.be/boutique/Produits-entretien-friandises/96-sapo-creme-nutritive-pour-cuir.html************** http://www.lamartingale.be/boutique/Produits-entretien-friandises/96-sapo-creme-nutritive-pour-cuir.html To keep shinny, my grand father used Olive oil... Try inside the Jacket and wait 24h hours before to see the result. All this products keep the leather breathing & save & protect the sewings.
gixxer11 on 12/04/12 at 05:38 AM
i've used saddle soap before, might try that and i'll look into the sapo cream thanks!
Gail on 12/04/12 at 07:18 AM

We do recommend saddle soap for a light cleaning and mink oil for conditionin, but when a jacket gets really dried out sometimes it is best to have conditioning done professionally. Sometimes people feel since they wipe down the leather they do not have to do anything else to clean a leather jacket, they forget linings and stitching become dirty from sweat. If you wear your jacket then it should be cleaned and conditioned professionally every few years, it will last alot longer, leather will not become stiff and it will avoid replacing linings in a jacket that can be costly. Gail

gixxer11 on 12/04/12 at 08:09 AM
its not actually that stiff its unwearable its just that it seems a little dry and dull , i think i'll go for the saddle soap and mink oil. thanks gail. by the way its an 80s dur o jac in a 44 and fits spot on. what size would i need in a 118 618 or a 613? thanks! again
Gail on 12/04/12 at 08:37 AM

I  no longer have the pattern specs for jacxkets from the 1980's so I cannot compare sizing. The older jackets were cust smaller. Gail