Leather jacket cleaning - Victory Forums - Victory Motorcycle Forum
» Insurance
» Sponsors
» Our Partners
»ATV Reviews
»Motorcycle Games
Go Back   Victory Forums - Victory Motorcycle Forum > Victory Motorcycles > Victory General Discussion

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 11-29-2012, 05:35 PM   #1
dahc
Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Port st lucie,FL
Posts: 57
Default Leather jacket cleaning

What is the best way to clean your leather jacket?Should you use any type of conditioner on it?
__________________
2012 Victory Zach Ness Edition #30

Conquest Customs Ground Pounders,Lloyd's Torque Tubes,VFC-3 Fuel Controller and Pro One Oil Cooler
dahc is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 11-29-2012, 05:38 PM   #2
depot picker
Lifetime Premium
 
depot picker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: NW GA
Posts: 1,082
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by dahc View Post
What is the best way to clean your leather jacket?Should you use any type of conditioner on it?
You spill something on it already?
__________________
IBA Member
2012 XCT "Marguerite"
PCV and AT, brake light strobe
Passenger arm rests and handles, driver back rest
Lloydz filter, 1 1/8 hole drilled in muffler baffles,
Harley lugage rack, Ness modular apes
depot picker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-29-2012, 06:29 PM   #3
ammo_umb
Senior Member
 
ammo_umb's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Utah
Posts: 2,097
Default

I use the same leather conditioner I use on car seats.
__________________
Retired AD USAF, IYAAYAS!

2008 V-Star 1100 Custom Bobber project

2011 Crimson XR with Forged Highway Bars / Hard Bags / Passenger Backrest / Tall OEM Windshield / OEM Highway Bar Closeouts / Hardbag Protection Bars. Ness goodies including Smooth Layback Plate Frame/Mount, black Rad 3 Mirrors, black deep cut grips, black deep cut drivers floorboards, black deep cut shifter/brake pegs, and black deep cut passenger pegs. Witchdoctor black rack.
ammo_umb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-29-2012, 06:37 PM   #4
SteveYacht
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Little River, SC
Posts: 217
Send a message via Yahoo to SteveYacht
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by dahc View Post
What is the best way to clean your leather jacket?Should you use any type of conditioner on it?
Leather is animal skin. It has pores and they get dirty, the leather will also dry out and eventually crack.

My (late) father used to make high end leather products by hand....... Wallets, belts, purses, bowling bags, saddles, etc. He taught me to use saddle soap, gently using an old towel or wash cloth, and in some cases a very soft, natural bristle brush. Wiping it clean and dry with another terry cloth towel..... all cotton.

To treat the leather and but some moisture back in, we used Lexol or a like product that contains lanolin......Just read the directions. Lexol also makes a cleaning product that works pretty damned well.

I use this same method on leather interiors, chaps, furniture, fine shoes (then shoe polish) and any high quality leather products.

What ever you do NEVER, EVER use Armor All or any other like product on any leather. THey are all petroleum based products with some degree of silicone. These will only server to dry up the hide and ruin it. Mink oil will make some leather water resistant, but it will also attack cotton threads........... have a pair of deerskin gloves that are coming apart because of this.

Good luck
__________________
Charter Life Member AMA
Life Member NRA
Member Legion Riders
U.S. Army Veteran
1968 Honda CB350
1973 Norton 750 Commando
1978 Suzuki 1000
1984 Honda VF700S Sabre
1985 Honda Gold Wing Aspencade
2013 Victory Cross Country
SteveYacht is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-29-2012, 07:18 PM   #5
Bogman
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Ypsilanti, MI
Posts: 15
Default old leather jackets

I have two leather jackets (Brooks). One was my Dad's from before I was born. He gave it to me about 30 years ago. It's about 50 years old. The other I got in college. It's about 25 years old.

If they get dirty, like lots of bug guts, I wipe them off with a slightly damp cloth and let them dry hanging in my closet. I use mink oil (in a paste like consistency) on them, but only about once per year or so. The oil soaks right in. I hang them to dry in the closet.

I have considered trying something different, but with 50 years without any issues, why change.
Bogman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-29-2012, 07:48 PM   #6
dahc
Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Port st lucie,FL
Posts: 57
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by depot picker View Post
You spill something on it already?
no not yet.just wanted to know how to take care of it.
__________________
2012 Victory Zach Ness Edition #30

Conquest Customs Ground Pounders,Lloyd's Torque Tubes,VFC-3 Fuel Controller and Pro One Oil Cooler
dahc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-29-2012, 08:14 PM   #7
saddlebag
Lifetime Premium
 
saddlebag's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Dayton, Ohio
Posts: 4,922
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by SteveYacht View Post
Leather is animal skin. It has pores and they get dirty, the leather will also dry out and eventually crack.

My (late) father used to make high end leather products by hand....... Wallets, belts, purses, bowling bags, saddles, etc. He taught me to use saddle soap, gently using an old towel or wash cloth, and in some cases a very soft, natural bristle brush. Wiping it clean and dry with another terry cloth towel..... all cotton.

To treat the leather and but some moisture back in, we used Lexol or a like product that contains lanolin......Just read the directions. Lexol also makes a cleaning product that works pretty damned well.

I use this same method on leather interiors, chaps, furniture, fine shoes (then shoe polish) and any high quality leather products.

What ever you do NEVER, EVER use Armor All or any other like product on any leather. THey are all petroleum based products with some degree of silicone. These will only server to dry up the hide and ruin it. Mink oil will make some leather water resistant, but it will also attack cotton threads........... have a pair of deerskin gloves that are coming apart because of this.

Good luck
Great info!
__________________
http://www.victoryforums.com/signaturepics/sigpic6903_1.gif
2011 Cross Roads
saddlebag is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11-30-2012, 11:07 AM   #8
vindex1963
Premium Member
 
vindex1963's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Phoenix
Posts: 1,172
Default

You could ride in the rain like I do.
__________________
2004 Vegas
D&D 453-12S mufflers
Vented side cover w/K&N
Power Commander III USB
87.15 HP
100.11 TQ
Tuned by Thunder Mfg
Dyno Tune Thread
Oil lab results


2009 FLHTCU
"Some people are immune to good advice" -Breaking Bad-
vindex1963 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-30-2012, 12:52 PM   #9
so-crates
Senior Member
 
so-crates's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 194
Default

Lexol. THat stuff ROCKS!
__________________
2003 Vegas - straight pipes, Big Sucker air filter kit, black powder coated everything - foot controls, handlebars, clutch and brake housing, fork lowers, luggage rack, wheels, digital speedo with powder coated housing. Relocated key switch, red plug wires. Mustang solo seat. LED ring blinkers in front. Black DEI pipe wrap.
so-crates is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-01-2012, 08:14 AM   #10
ftwflh
Senior Member
 
ftwflh's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Crossville IL
Posts: 234
Send a message via Yahoo to ftwflh
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Bogman View Post
I have two leather jackets (Brooks). One was my Dad's from before I was born. He gave it to me about 30 years ago. It's about 50 years old. The other I got in college. It's about 25 years old.

If they get dirty, like lots of bug guts, I wipe them off with a slightly damp cloth and let them dry hanging in my closet. I use mink oil (in a paste like consistency) on them, but only about once per year or so. The oil soaks right in. I hang them to dry in the closet.

I have considered trying something different, but with 50 years without any issues, why change.
DITTO hear.I still have my old Brooks jacket (gf wears it at times)]
A good jacket dont need "cleaning" wipe off bug juice seal it wear it.
The older and stained and cracked they get the better they are.
__________________
2004 Vic Cruiser new to me
1972 FLH (been through 3 wives and still loves me)
1976 Jeep CJ5 my orange turd
1996 GMC truck
2005 Trailblazer
ftwflh is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.2

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:26 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Garage Plus vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.
Motorcycle News, Videos and Reviews
Honda Grom Forum Harley Davidson Forum Honda 600RR Kawasaki Forum Yamaha R6 Forum Yamaha FZ-09 Forum
1199 Panigale Forum Roadglide Forum Honda CBR1000 Forum Vulcan Forum Yamaha R1 Forum Yamaha R3 Forum
Ducati Monster Forum Harley Forums Honda CBR250R Forum ZX10R Forum Star Raider Forum Yamaha Viking Forum
Suzuki GSXR Forum V-Rod Forums Honda Shadow Forum Kawasaki Motorcycle Forum Star Warrior Forum KTM Duke 390 Forum
SV650 Forum BMW S1000RR Forum Honda Fury Forum Kawasaki Versys Forum Drag Racing Forum Ducati 899 Panigale Forum
Suzuki V-Strom BMW K1600 Triumph Forum Victory Forums Sportbikes BMW NineT Forum
Volusia Forum BMW F800 Forum Triumph 675 Forum MV Agusta Forum HD Street Forum Suzuki GW250 Forum
Yamaha Motorcycles Victory Gunner Forum Honda Vultus Forum