Advice - Protecting Leather


PROTECTING LEATHER

PROTECTING LEATHER FROM DETERIORATION

By the time it leaves the tannery, leather has been thoroughly treated with oils and moisturisers to keep it flexible and avoid cracking. Over time, these oils evaporate after being exposed to heat, light, dirt, etc., so regular care and attention is needed to stop your leather from deteriorating.

Along with cleaning (see The Basic Rules of Cleaning Leather advice page), regularly using GT11 Leather Conditioner (at least 3-4 times a year in the UK climate) on your leather not only prevents creases and cracks, but also restores the classic leather smell each time you use it.

We recommend you use GT11 Leather Conditioner sparingly and often rather than generously and rarely.

If you leather has Liquid Leather Flexicote Dye applied to it, then leather conditioner will have very little effect, as the sealant will block it from absorbing into the leather. For this reason, it is doubly important to make sure your leather is well conditioned before applying Flexicote Dye. If well conditioned and if the Flexicote Dye is properly applied, the moisture should remain sealed within the leather.

For leathers that are subjected to outdoor conditions such as leather motorcycle gear, leather seats in a soft-top or outdoor leather furniture, GT13 Conditioner with Repellent helps to protect the leather from water damage, as well as containing a grease and oil repellent.

PROTECTING ANILINE AND FASHIONABLE LEATHERS

The aesthetic appeal and luxurious feel of aniline, suede and Nubuck leathers make them hard to resist when choosing furniture, clothing and other leather products, but what they may boast in appeal they certainly lack in practicality.

Aniline leathers and other similar fashionable leathers are essentially like sponges. They will easily absorb any stains, dirt, grease and moisture; and once stained, there’s not much you can do to get them out.

The best thing you can do to protect aniline, suede and Nubuck is to use Liquid Leather GT16 Textile & Leather Protector as soon as possible.

PROTECTING MOTORCYCLE LEATHERS

At Liquid Leather, we have a long history in dealing with motorcycle leathers. In the early 1990s, the EEC became concerned at the amount of protection provided by motorcycle leathers and so began to test both motorcycle leather clothing and the associated leather aftercare products. Following these tests, Liquid Leather was found to be the ONLY product on the market proven to not reduce the strength of motorcycle leathers.

Other products CE tested include Mars Oil, Nikwax and G Wax; all of which were shown to reduce the strength of the leathers by 21%, 14% and 8%, respectively.

That being said, it is still preferable to ensure that your motorcycle leather products don’t need repairing at all, so it’s a good idea to ensure they are well protected and cared for.

As motorcycle leathers can easily get wet if the rider is caught in a patch of bad weather, it can be tempting to hang them over a radiator or other heat source, but we strongly recommend that you resist that temptation. Drying leather like this will cause it to crack, thus reducing the strength and water resistance.

Our GT13 Conditioner with Repellent is a fantastic product for motorcycle gear and motorcycle seats/saddle bags, as it not only re-moisturises the leather – preventing cracking, but it also adds a layer of protection from harsh weather and moisture.
As with all leathers, it is also important to keep it clean. To find out more about cleaning leather, read our The Basic Rules of Cleaning Leather advice page.

For worn, scuffed or faded leather, we also have a selection of dyes, glues and fillers to bring your motorcycle leathers back to tip-top condition. Our Flexicote Dyes are particularly well suited to motorcycle clothing, as they are more flexible than other leather dyes on the market and offer superior resistance to the elements.

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