Best Leather Oil

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  1. CarlisleChipper

    CarlisleChipper Senior Member+

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    My trustee can of Passier Lederbalsam is running out. I've had it for 10+ years and it's all I have used.
    Is it still the best out there for my English tack? Or is there something else I should give a try? Thanks!
     
  2. mooselady

    mooselady Senior Member

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    What is your routine?

    English tack I always cleaned with a glycerin type cleaner each ride, once or month or so, actually take it fully to pieces, clean inspect, then dress with the PLB.. twice a year maybe...strip down, lightly oil the undersides with pure Neatsfoot oil..then soap and dress.
     
  3. Rhythm 'n Blues

    Rhythm 'n Blues Senior Member

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    Lederbalsam translates to Leather Balm. It's not a oil, it's a conditioner.

    Are you specifically looking for an oil or a conditioner??
     
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  4. waresbear

    waresbear Senior Member

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    I never oil any leather items. I only use what you use, or other ones similar to it. I find the best way to apply it is with your fingers and the heat of your hands makes it absorb into the leather perfectly. I only clean items that are actually dirty with what Mooselady does. I will admit I only clean my work tack maybe once a year, my show gear is always cleaned, but not always with products, sometimes I just clean it off with a microfiber cloth, more product on it equals more wear on it if not needed.
     
  5. CarlisleChipper

    CarlisleChipper Senior Member+

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    Thank you for clarifying, I didn't know.
    Once or twice a year I go over my tack with lexol leather new spray and condition the the can of conditioner I use.
     
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    CarlisleChipper Senior Member+

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    All clean!
     
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    waresbear Senior Member

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    You can come and clean mine if you like?
     
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  8. waresbear

    waresbear Senior Member

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    It's a wee bit dirty:wink: 15395585978114700252165605803422.jpg 15395586134727753928257401090919.jpg
     
  9. manesntails

    manesntails Senior Member

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    I like the Amish stuff with the beeswax in. The Amish ARE German and their stuff has no manufactured chemicals. The beeswax helps to waterproof the leather slightly.
    Best stuff I used was called Leather Schmutz.
     
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  10. Rhythm 'n Blues

    Rhythm 'n Blues Senior Member

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    I don’t like the stuff with beeswax. Probably b/c my tack is wiped down after every ride and I don’t like the film the beeswax type products leave on the leather.

    I use a damp sponge and just plain water after each ride. Every once & a while I bust out my soap. I have Higher Standards & Equipe soap. The only exception is when it’s crazy cold in the winter; then I cringe & have a really big job come spring and I use a glycerine soap.

    Then once a week I go over my saddles with Passier leather balm.

    I oil my saddles once to twice a year - exception when unicorns tack came - it was so ridiculously dry, so I oiled a lot!
     
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