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Brooks saddle leather repair

Old 12-02-14, 11:04 PM
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Brooks saddle leather repair

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Old 12-03-14, 12:34 AM
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Brown shoe polish, shoe brush and a soft buffing rag and lots and lots of elbow grease for each polish layer you have to apply to fill the scratch.
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Old 12-03-14, 01:06 AM
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Originally Posted by OldBikesRules View Post

Does anyone have any ideas how to repair this long scratch on the back portion of the saddle, and also the scuff on this Brooks saddle? I don't need any "enjoy it, it's patina" replies. Thanks!
Get it a bit damp, then burnish it with a smooth, hard, rounded object. Let it dry, then treat it with suitable wax and polish.
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I have seen in Atlanta what I thought was a very high quality shoe repair facility that claims it could remove scuffs and make leather shoes look like new. Seriously the scuffs on your saddle should not present a problem to such a shop. Also talk with a local saddlemaker for ideas.
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Every once in a while I'll get scuffs like the second pic on my shoes. I just polish over them first with a cream based polish (looks like... hand cream but tinted.) then with a wax based polish (the typical polish in a can that your dad used.) I may even apply waterproofing (before the wax polish) or simply multiple layers of wax polish. Other than that, there's really nothing you can do about it. It's leather, it gets beat up. The scuffs on my shoes just look a little darker now than the rest of the shoe. (Admittedly, they're beater shoes... and I got the scuffs from crashing on my bike... but still.)
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It just looks minor in the pictures,no raised edges.If that is the case,you can just polish it away(actually fill it in with some polish and elbow grease.

If it has raised edges,wet a Q-tip with water,wipe the scratch,let stand for 15-20 minutes,burnish,add shoe polish and buff until scratch is gone.The burishing tool needs to be highly polished,like a mirror or you could make things worse.If you have never done this,don't practice on your saddle.Take it to a shoe repair and they will do it.

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Old 12-03-14, 11:49 AM
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I had some bigger marks in my Brooks pro , from the bike hitting things , falling Over.. They become less of an issue after 30 years of riding.

the tiny line is nothing to obsess over . (this site does seem a support group for those sorts of Worriers)


I when I got mine, decades ago, I melted the proofide in the saddle upside down in a warm oven , it soaked it up like a sponge..


wear something other than denim jeans , the nose may be getting scuffed by your pants.


OP doesn't want to hear ' JRA and dont sweat it' so .. <crickets>

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FYI LINCOLN shoe polish is more of a wax than anything else. I've used it a lot.
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Nobody can see it when you're riding, so no worries. My 1967 Brooks "Professional" is a lot more banged up and still going strong.

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When it gets this bad I'd worry about it, scratches happen. You can't fix it, only cover it up.
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You can't fix damaged leather, only try to hide the damage. If I was looking to buy your saddle I would expect some flaws, unless it was never used.
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I'm With JDT.. But things changed when Brooks became a Boutique fashionable status Item . when We Got Ours there was only That Color Made Too .

Those Italians managed to make the Old British Product into a cult item after they Bought out the Company .. Clever Marketing.

Now since they are so Popular and you want something Perfect , sell Yours and Buy a Brand New One.
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