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Old 01-22-21, 04:10 PM
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treatment for aged campy brake hoods

i have i nicely aged dark brown set of hoods... they aren't cracked yet, but a bit hard and no longer supple. i'd like to keep on using them as they look wonderfully vintage, so my question here is ... is there some sort of product or nondestructive treatment i can employ?
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From my last bike purchase, a '72 Torpado, I placed the old, nearly cracked, brownish hoods in near boiling dish detergent soapy water for a few minutes until the awful brown color dissipated and left only the gum color showing. They became much more supple. I let them dry and then applied leather conditioner, which hopefully helps keep them from cracking. So far, so good.
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From my last bike purchase, a '72 Torpado, I placed the old, nearly cracked, brownish hoods in near boiling dish detergent soapy water for a few minutes until the awful brown color dissipated and left only the gum color showing. They became much more supple. I let them dry and then applied leather conditioner, which hopefully helps keep them from cracking. So far, so good.
i wonder if silicone spray might be a thing to use in place of leather treatment? (mainly because i have the silicone, but would have to buy some leather conditioner)
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I have tried this and that and I am convinced of one thing. Get a new set for thirty bucks and Bob's your uncle. Ebay has many sets to choose from...
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Rubber Renue may work; I think that's the stuff I used a while ago on some carb boots and it softened them up enough to get them seated properly. They were a different rubber from brake hoods though.

It smells (the stuff I used) like wintergreen.
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I use Aerospace Protectant 303 and am happy with the results.
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I have tried this and that and I am convinced of one thing. Get a new set for thirty bucks and Bob's your uncle. Ebay has many sets to choose from...
i have a new set, but i'd like to keep the old ones. they aren't over the hill yet... just need some love.
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