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Old 06-06-20, 04:53 PM
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Treatment For Turbo Saddle ?

I've had this saddle since new but haven't used it all that much. I'd like to put it back in service but since the covering (leather?) seems to be quite thin, I want to try to preserve it. Any ideas what to use? Proofide?


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Old 06-06-20, 05:08 PM
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I would start with good old fashioned shoe polish, sparingly, buff just like a shoe shine, multiple coats, yes it will likely transfer to shorts so black ones only.

Maybe a bit Proofide after.
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Old 06-06-20, 05:12 PM
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Thanks. Is it leather?
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Originally Posted by branko_76 View Post
I've had this saddle since new but haven't used it all that much. I'd like to put it back in service but since the covering (leather?) seems to be quite thin, I want to try to preserve it. Any ideas what to use? Proofide?

Proofide works, and I've used it on a similar old saddle. Honestly, I think just about any leather dressing would be fine. I'd probably wipe that one with some Fiebings leather dye first to even out the color. It might be kind of difficult to mask of the logo remnants. If you wipe fast it probably won't stick. I always removed the logos BITD with acetone or lacquer thinner.

Looks like it's been used enough to smooth out the suede?

That leather looks OK. When it's really old it gets all cracked.
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Old 06-06-20, 05:16 PM
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Thanks. I thought about removing the logos, will try the solvents you suggest
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Originally Posted by branko_76 View Post
Is it leather?
The Turbo saddle is thin leather over a layer of padding, attached to a plastic shell. So shoe polish (to restore the black color) and Proofide or SnoSeal to protect the leather is appropriate. As others have warned, expect the color to transfer to whatever you're wearing when you sit on the saddle, so dark or preferably black shorts, and expect to reapply the polish fairly frequently.
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Originally Posted by branko_76 View Post
Thanks. I thought about removing the logos, will try the solvents you suggest
I would leave them, they are relatively well intact and very iconic as we know, once this has been rehabbed you might revisit but I would not subject it to any thing strong like solvent at this stage of the game.

This may have been nubuck when it was new and as Mr. Thompson points out is a thin layer glued to whats underneath, I wouldn't temp fate with anything strong.

The shoe polish will eventually work in and have far less transfer as long as it is applied sparingly and buffed properly along the way.
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I used shoe polish on mine as recommended by a member here. And appliedseveral coats, let it sit in a warm spot between coats and buff the $/:t out of it also between coats.
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I would leave them, they are relatively well intact and very iconic as we know, once this has been rehabbed you might revisit but I would not subject it to any thing strong like solvent at this stage of the game.

This may have been nubuck when it was new and as Mr. Thompson points out is a thin layer glued to whats underneath, I wouldn't temp fate with anything strong.

The shoe polish will eventually work in and have far less transfer as long as it is applied sparingly and buffed properly along the way.
Well....................

I used the acetone, it quickly removed the logo but the rubbing action also etched the leather......


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....not all is lost though....the areas worn from riding were discolored because the leather was "etched" there as well. So I simply applied proofide the the entire saddle and "etched" the smooth, unworn areas with a green scotch pad...

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It actually turned out quite nice. I want to use the shoe polish as a last resort because I don't wear cycling shorts (or cycling shoes) so we'll see how long the proofide will keep the saddle dark....

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The abscence of the logo doesn't bother me. I plan to use it on my Miyata 912 build which doesn't have any markings either...


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If you wait a day or so for it to dry and rub it with a dry cloth, it'll get shiny again. You can always add some paste wax. The solvent pulled the surface wax off. Looks like the color evened out enough just with the proofide.

These saddles were kind of funny anyway because they usually came in nubuck/suede, but after using them for a week most of it would be rubbed off. After a month they're just another smooth leather saddle.

BTW the reason I recommended Fiebings is because it has less of a tendency to rub off than shoe polish.
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Originally Posted by Salamandrine View Post
BTW the reason I recommended Fiebings is because it has less of a tendency to rub off than shoe polish.
Thanks, will try that if the proofide doesn't hold up for long.
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Originally Posted by branko_76 View Post
Thanks, will try that if the proofide doesn't hold up for long.
Cool. I think you are good with the color as it is though. That turned out nice.
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Originally Posted by branko_76 View Post
It actually turned out quite nice. I want to use the shoe polish as a last resort because I don't wear cycling shorts (or cycling shoes) so we'll see how long the proofide will keep the saddle dark....

Probably should have elaborated more, the polish has a quality that seems to sort of burnish (not the right term) and restore a tougher finish to the leather that really holds up over time if maintained.

A cover would solve the transfer issue and if cloth on the seat side would work the polish in as it was buffing while riding.

Anyway, looks like you got a result that suits ya so I hope it holds up.

Now the logo's are blackout stealth.
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