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I sat too close to a radiator now what?

So yesterday I was out at a resturant and they sat us next to a wall.  I put my Schott jacket on the chair not realizing that the left arm was too close to the heater.  I took the jacket off the chair and tried to put it on and the left metal zipper was hot to the touch as was the sleeve.  I then realized that it was too close to the radiator.  I can see there is cracking on the part that was exposed to the heat.  It was on that chair for an hour as well.

 

My question is should I used mink oil on the jacket to extend its life?  I've also found this product called Obenauf's Heavy Duty LP.  I read others have used with great results.  Might try it out not just for the cracking but for overall jacket health. Just looking for opinions from others.

This side was close to the radiator

Gail on 12/26/19 at 09:42 AM

The products you have mentioned are good products that will condition the leather, though I am not sure how well they will work on the cracking of the leather. On our website we do offer the Otter Wax products, the kit includes Saddle Soap for a light cleaning of the leather, the Salve is used to restore softness and repair cracking, Oil will revive finish, restores natural oils, but may darken leather slightly. As with any products you may use always test first on the inside facing or leather band. This will assure you are pleased with the appearance before applying to outside of jacket. Apply any product spareingly, you can always add more, but too much productcan be hard to remove. I am not sure what jacket you have or what type of leather it is to know what the actual appearance of the leather is in a part of the jacket that has not been damaged. While these products will improve the damage leather, they will not fix completely the damage. If you purchase the kit, it also contains Boot Wax, which is for boots only as it contains a water repellent, which should never be applied to jackets as it seals the pores on the leather, causing dry rot eventually of the leather.

Gail

blue123 on 12/26/19 at 12:27 PM

Gail wrote:

The products you have mentioned are good products that will condition the leather, though I am not sure how well they will work on the cracking of the leather. On our website we do offer the Otter Wax products, the kit includes Saddle Soap for a light cleaning of the leather, the Salve is used to restore softness and repair cracking, Oil will revive finish, restores natural oils, but may darken leather slightly. As with any products you may use always test first on the inside facing or leather band. This will assure you are pleased with the appearance before applying to outside of jacket. Apply any product spareingly, you can always add more, but too much productcan be hard to remove. I am not sure what jacket you have or what type of leather it is to know what the actual appearance of the leather is in a part of the jacket that has not been damaged. While these products will improve the damage leather, they will not fix completely the damage. If you purchase the kit, it also contains Boot Wax, which is for boots only as it contains a water repellent, which should never be applied to jackets as it seals the pores on the leather, causing dry rot eventually of the leather.

Gail

 Thanks Gail.  I forgot to mention it is a Schott 654 black leather jacket.  It is not in horrible condition by any means I just want to prevent any long term damage.  I will try Obenaufs first and then try the products you have mentioned.  Is that the best course of action for the type of leather I have?

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Gail on 12/27/19 at 09:33 AM

Yes, I would apply some conditioner to the area, as the radiator effect the leather. 

Gail

wolverine on 12/27/19 at 01:38 PM

It looks like the whole jacket has that same look...is this the vintaged 654?  Unless that part of the jacket that got heated feels different now from the rest of the jacket(it is stiffer and feels dried out) I would think about leaving it alone.  At the very least do a test spot on the inside windflap or an area that is a bit covered.  This leather is chrome tanned and was also put through a process by Schott to make it look and feel broken in.  Just because the metal got hot does not mean that the leather has been super heated...metal conducts heat different than leather.

 

Just be careful with whatever you apply, if you go that route, since you cannot un-apply it.  Also if you plan to use Obenhauf's I would lean toward their oil for this leather...

blue123 on 12/27/19 at 02:30 PM

wolverine wrote:

It looks like the whole jacket has that same look...is this the vintaged 654?  Unless that part of the jacket that got heated feels different now from the rest of the jacket(it is stiffer and feels dried out) I would think about leaving it alone.  At the very least do a test spot on the inside windflap or an area that is a bit covered.  This leather is chrome tanned and was also put through a process by Schott to make it look and feel broken in.  Just because the metal got hot does not mean that the leather has been super heated...metal conducts heat different than leather.

 

Just be careful with whatever you apply, if you go that route, since you cannot un-apply it.  Also if you plan to use Obenhauf's I would lean toward their oil for this leather...

Thanks for the info.  This is the standard 654 not the vintaged.  When the jacket was on the chair and I tried to put it on the arm was hot along with the metal zipper.  The left arm from the elbow down felt a bit drier/stifer after that compared to rest of the coat.  Regardless I bought this jacket new from schoo in Dec 2014 so it was about time for some TLC.

I just got obenoff LP today and put it on the cuff.  Right away I noticed the difference in texture/feel of the jacket.  It is definately softer than it was before.  Color looks good and blends in nicely with the black of the jacket.

richgreene on 12/27/19 at 04:06 PM

I’ve got an idea !!!

Go back and throw the other side near the heater !!!!!

Gail on 12/28/19 at 08:53 AM

Thanks for the update, glad to hear the sleeve has been restored.

Gail

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