Does rain ruin leather jackets?

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Razer
12-10-2004, 03:29 PM
I was just given a nice leather jacket from my recently deceased grandfather. I've never had a leather jacket before, and I have no idea how to take care of it (if I need to care for it at all)

I've heard that leather doesn't like rain, but then again it's cowskin and cows get wet. What's the deal?

Kerosene31
12-10-2004, 03:30 PM
you have to get that spray on stuff to treat it, then it should be ok

Hoo_Man
12-10-2004, 03:30 PM
google.com

Then tw

Then god.

Timmain
12-10-2004, 03:32 PM
If it's suede, don't get it wet. Period.
If it's a REAL leather jacket (bomber, motorcycle, etc.) then you're in good shape.

Kerosene31
12-10-2004, 03:32 PM
I thought google was god?

Razer
12-10-2004, 03:32 PM
Tried google. All I got were a bunch of clothes websites.

[MoM] Gort
12-10-2004, 03:32 PM
If it's suede, don't get it wet. Period.
If it's a REAL leather jacket (bomber, motorcycle, etc.) then you're in good shape.
:signed:
My 8 year-old leather trench has been drenched several times and still looks as good as it did new.

Razer
12-10-2004, 03:33 PM
If it's suede, don't get it wet. Period.
If it's a REAL leather jacket (bomber, motorcycle, etc.) then you're in good shape.

Cool, thanks. It's a motorcycle jacket, so I should be good. I thought it would be, but I'd rather ask and feel stupid than have the jacket get ruined.

Timmain
12-10-2004, 03:34 PM
Gort']:signed:
My 8 year-old leather trench has been drenched several times and still looks as good as it did new.
I slept in my black leather for 3 months and dragged it behind a car for a few miles just to get it to bend correctly. That damn thing still gets pulled out every winter.

I have a suede leather, but it's for show only.

Timmain
12-10-2004, 03:34 PM
Cool, thanks. It's a motorcycle jacket, so I should be good. I thought it would be, but I'd rather ask and feel stupid than have the jacket get ruined.NP.

SegaRob
12-10-2004, 03:36 PM
ive got some rain on my suede jacket without problem even.. :shrug:

Timmain
12-10-2004, 03:38 PM
ive got some rain on my suede jacket without problem even.. :shrug:
A little is okay, but they aren't invulnerable. A total drenching via rainstorm will most likely stain it beyond usage. Maybe you were lucky?

GreyGhost
12-10-2004, 03:38 PM
:google: rocks if you use it right.

Here are some tips that can prolong the life of all leather garments:

- Always hang leather garments on wide or padded hangers to maintain their shape.
- Never store leather goods in plastic or other non-breathable covers. This will cause leather to become dry.
- Allow wet or damp leather to air-dry naturally away from any heat source. Avoid extreme heat or humidity that may damage the skin's natural oils. Excessive dryness can cause cracking; excessive moisture can cause mildew. Leather can be treated with a leather conditioner yearly to restore flexibility and proper moisture levels. Suede and nubuck can be brushed with a terry towel to restore its look.
- In winter, promptly remove salt deposits from garments by sponging with clear water, then follow with the above treatment for wet or damp leather.
- Avoid very humid and dry environments as well as direct sunlight. This will shorten the life expectancy of your garment.
- Do not use waxes, silicone products or other leather preparations that impair a garment's ability to breathe.
- Wrinkles should hang out while on hanger. If ironing is desired, set iron on lowest setting, use a brown paper bag as a pressing cloth on right side of the garment and a quick hand to prevent overheating and shine. Do not use steam!
- Avoid spraying perfumes or hair sprays while wearing your garment and do not apply pins, adhesive badges or tape. Wearing a scarf at the neckline will help keep hair and body oil away from the collar.
- Hems may be fixed with a tiny amount of rubber cement. Seek out a professional leather care specialist when the garment becomes badly worn or soiled.

With proper care, your leather garment will age gracefully and can last a lifetime. Vintage jackets (Schott and others) have been known to last 50 years or more. A quality leather garment should be an investment in your wardrobe and/or riding safety.

Groove
12-10-2004, 03:40 PM
you have to get that spray on stuff to treat it, then it should be ok

yea, if you're not sure whether its gonna **** it up or not, i'd use that spray-on treatment first

better safe than sorry

D-Sect
12-10-2004, 03:52 PM
I don;t know... i don't think I ever saw a cow in the rain

:sarcastic:

Razer
12-10-2004, 03:53 PM
I've heard that leather doesn't like rain, but then again it's cowskin and cows get wet. What's the deal?

Smartass.

Respice
12-10-2004, 03:57 PM
isn't that an old seinfeld joke? and why are you quoting yourself?

Alfred Neuman
12-10-2004, 04:01 PM
i got a fake leather. 60$ biotch and looks pimp

Reggs
12-10-2004, 04:02 PM
Always hang it when you dont wear it. I made the mistake of not doing this and the wrinkles that are in the arms when you move your arms begin to stay perminently, even ironing doesnt do much at tht point becuase the leather is strached acording to the wrinkles.

They last a long time and it's worth getting a small bottle of dye to go over any faded parts, like the cuffs.

Timmain
12-10-2004, 04:07 PM
Always hang it when you dont wear it. I made the mistake of not doing this and the wrinkles that are in the arms when you move your arms begin to stay perminently, even ironing doesnt do much at tht point becuase the leather is strached acording to the wrinkles.

They last a long time and it's worth getting a small bottle of dye to go over any faded parts, like the cuffs.
This is where we differ. I personally feel if you've got a motorcycle or bomber jacket, the point is NOT to have a pristine jacket, it's to have a jacket that looks lived in and is flexible. :shrug: