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Old 10-24-19, 02:30 AM
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Wax on wax off

@orcas island asked about his Unicator saddle that was scuffed and worn. I have used regular shoe polish to great effect on these.

Used somewhat sparingly and working it into the bad spots can vastly improve the condition.

Here's a couple of examples.

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And a Unicantor, after only,









The buffing is critical to to keeping the polish off shorts, horsehair brush and a few drops of water makes it very shiney and hard, probably still need to stick with black.

They look pretty good from a few feet and they will mainly be for show, you can see how bad some of the scuffs and scrapes were but can be greatly diminished with spit, polish and elbow grease.
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I get extremely good results using "Kiwi Scuff Cover" as 1st step for renovating old leather saddles after a saddle soap clean. Also works on the thin leather covering of modern saddles if not scuffed clear thru. I follow up with Proofide. Recently tried a Kiwi leather restorer product resembling Proofide. Only been a few months, so no long term results. I had been using a large tin of proofide substitute Purchased years ago from a Tack shop in Utah, but no longer available. Don
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I almost wish I had seen this before I decided to recover my Fujita Seamless, but mine was in far worse shape. Great looking saddles!
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Tx everyone, the post by @noobinsf about his Seamless was what motivated me to wind this up. Then when Tim posed a nice Seamless that he had, I got it from him and cleaned it up to what you see here. The Unicantor has been here for awhile and was a deal from efbay for $30 so well worth the effort.

No miracles being worked here but very presentable. Many saddles like these would still be in much better shape if they got this kind of love before they are beat up and dried out.

This also works very well on Brooks as you would imagine.
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Awesome, @merziac. Any worry of the shoe polish getting on your pants?
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I brought many pairs of black combat boots back from the dead with black kiwi shoe polish. I've done the same with rough saddles.

I use neutral kiwi polish on my leather bicycle saddles for regular maintenance. Neutral won't stain my shorts. After a wet ride or every year or so.
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Originally Posted by Padgett View Post
Awesome, @merziac. Any worry of the shoe polish getting on your pants?
Sure, but if you wear black shorts as per traditional C+V code, apply it sparingly and buff it out to a hard shine with a horsehair brush and a few drops of water I think it is minimal.

Also as I eluded to, these are mainly for display so proceed with caution, YMMV.
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