Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Classic & Vintage
Reload this Page >

OT: non-bike-saddle leather restoration

Classic & Vintage This forum is to discuss the many aspects of classic and vintage bicycles, including musclebikes, lightweights, middleweights, hi-wheelers, bone-shakers, safety bikes and much more.

OT: non-bike-saddle leather restoration

Old 11-18-15, 04:35 PM
  #1  
Darth Lefty 
Disco Infiltrator
Thread Starter
 
Darth Lefty's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Folsom CA
Posts: 9,162

Bikes: '76 Paramount, Salsa Timberjack, Burley Samba, Terra Trike

Mentioned: 53 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1327 Post(s)
OT: non-bike-saddle leather restoration

My wife got ballpoint ink on her Coach wallet. She tried to scrub it off with nail polish remover and a Mr. Clean magic eraser pad, which didn't get the ink but knocked off the gloss of the finish. After she threw up her hands, I followed up with isopropyl, which got the ink but left some damage in the blemish that looks sort of like cobwebs. (I remember a leather steering wheel that made some similar cobwebs as it aged, it was a precursor to the outer layer coming off the leather entirely.)

Any ideas how knock off the "cobwebs" without tearing up the surface, restore the gloss, and get it looking nice again?
__________________
Genesis 49:16-17
Darth Lefty is offline  
Old 11-18-15, 05:21 PM
  #2  
The Golden Boy 
Extraordinary Magnitude
 
The Golden Boy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Waukesha WI
Posts: 11,005

Bikes: 1977 Trek TX700; 1978/79 Trek 736; 1984 Specialized Stumpjumper Sport; 1984 Schwinn Voyageur SP; 1985 Trek 620; 1985 Trek 720; 1986 Trek 400 Elance; 1987 Schwinn High Sierra; 1990 Miyata 1000LT

Mentioned: 67 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1552 Post(s)
If it were boots, I'd say "spit shine."

If you don't get any good suggestions, try spit shining with neutral Kiwi.
__________________
*Recipient of the 2006 Time Magazine "Person Of The Year" Award*

I might have gotten away with it too, if it wasn't for these blasted kids and their dog.

"But hey, always love to hear from opinionated amateurs." -says some guy to Mr. Marshall.
The Golden Boy is offline  
Old 11-18-15, 05:38 PM
  #3  
Darth Lefty 
Disco Infiltrator
Thread Starter
 
Darth Lefty's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Folsom CA
Posts: 9,162

Bikes: '76 Paramount, Salsa Timberjack, Burley Samba, Terra Trike

Mentioned: 53 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1327 Post(s)
Thanks... I should clarify that this leather is baby blue. What kind of animal it was is a mystery to me!
__________________
Genesis 49:16-17
Darth Lefty is offline  
Old 11-18-15, 06:00 PM
  #4  
brokensf
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: between the ocean and the bay
Posts: 9
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Originally Posted by Darth Lefty View Post
Thanks... I should clarify that this leather is baby blue. What kind of animal it was is a mystery to me!
Probably Smurf hide.

You might try products from Leatherique. I've had pretty good luck using them on furniture and car stuff. Not amazing results, but it sounds like the leather needs to be rehydrated, a conditioner might help it swell up again and fill in the cracks.
brokensf is offline  
Old 11-18-15, 06:28 PM
  #5  
rhm
multimodal commuter
 
rhm's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: NJ, NYC, LI
Posts: 18,967

Bikes: 1940s Fothergill, 1959 Allegro Special, 1963? Claud Butler Olympic Sprint, Lambert 'Clubman', 1974 Fuji "the Ace", 1976 Holdsworth 650b conversion rando bike, 1983 Trek 720 tourer, 1984 Counterpoint Opus II, 1993 Basso Gap, 2010 Downtube 8h, and...

Mentioned: 419 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1486 Post(s)
Originally Posted by brokensf View Post
Probably Smurf hide.
Alas, probably so, and be careful, they are extinct now. The only suitable replacement is blue footed booby, and it just wouldn't do to tell your wife you're getting... oh, let's not even go there.
__________________
I put new leather on ruined saddles like Brooks, etc. You can reach me by private message.
rhm is offline  
Old 11-18-15, 07:11 PM
  #6  
Jadesfire 
Senior Member
 
Jadesfire's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Posts: 1,302

Bikes: '88 Bianchi, '94ish Trek

Mentioned: 39 Post(s)
Tagged: 2 Thread(s)
Quoted: 887 Post(s)
I used Murphy's oil soap on many old and cracking leather saddles when I was a kid. Recommended by my trainers that had been in the business for 50+ years.
Murphy Oil Soap 32 OZ. Gold by Office Depot & OfficeMax
Worked great for them. Granted, none of them were blue. And I think, though not owning anything Coach myself, that if it's a real Coach wallet those are supposed to be saddle quality leather goods.

Edit: also smells a lot better than the Armor-All that would be my second suggestion.

Last edited by Jadesfire; 11-18-15 at 07:15 PM.
Jadesfire is offline  

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


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.