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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-12-2010, 11:12 AM Thread Starter
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Getting leather jacket wet?

So i just purchased a really nice Icon Accelerant jacket over the weekend and today i rode to school in a light drizzle. So when i got to school the jacket was wet and i was worried about it being that leather and water don't do well together. I looked the jacket up online and it isn't waterproof and they mentioned that if it gets wet to apply some sort of leather conditioner to keep the leather from ruining.

So I was wondering what my possible courses of action are;
-is it not as big of a deal as they make it out to be and i can continue to get it wet?
-Should i get this leather conditioner and apply it any time it gets wet?
-Is there a waterproofing chemical that is appropriate to apply (this is the one i'm leaning toward as i'd like to continue to be able to wear it in the rain if needed, i know older hiking boots had some sort of water proof application on them)
-Or do i have to put the leather jacket in the closet and wear my textile?

I'm worried about my new jacket, don't want to ruin it

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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-12-2010, 11:38 AM
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No worries. Motorcycle leathers have already been treated and will endure many, many torrential downpours. Just let it dry, or wear it wet. Doesn't matter either way. No treatment necessary.
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No worries. Motorcycle leathers have already been treated and will endure many, many torrential downpours. Just let it dry, or wear it wet. Doesn't matter either way. No treatment necessary.
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Btw, getting caught in a downpour is very effective in cleaning off embedding bug guts out of leathers! I'm not kidding. It does a fantastic job.
post #5 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-12-2010, 12:15 PM Thread Starter
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Haha, i'll keep that in mind when i massacre a swarm next time

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Don't dry the wet leather jacket in heat -- like, over a radiator.

I have a perforated white leather jacket, which shows dirt very well. So I researched cleaning and conditioning. The consensus seemed to be that, when you need to clean and condition motorcycle leathers, Lexol is the brand to use.

Lexol makes a couple of formulas for conditioning the kind of leather in a motorcycle jacket. The formula to use on light-colored leather (and, as far as I know, dark colored leather, too) is Lexol nf. The company makes cleaning wipes for leather, too -- they pop out of a plastic can, just like diaper wipes do.

I bought both last week. So far, I've used only the cleaning wipes and not the conditioner. The brand-new Dainese jacket doesn't seem to need it, and probably won't for a long time.

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It's leather.... leather shoes and boots get wet all the time right? They don't disintegrate off your feet.

Cows stand in the rain too.... they don't melt.



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It's leather.... leather shoes and boots get wet all the time right? They don't disintegrate off your feet.
They don't disintegrate, but that doesn't mean there's no damage. Leather jackets can get somewhat washed out (color-wise) and I've had one long-worn jacket that seems to have been weakened and ended up getting ripped easily.

but I think motorcycle leather is thick, hard, and treated enough that it would take a lot of storms to do much. I generally avoid wearing my leather jacket in downpours, but it's mostly because my textile jacket is brighter.

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I use Saddle Soap to clean it...and Mink Oil to condition it...

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Re: Getting leather jacket wet?

leather can get wet. its just skin. skin gets wet all the time.

suede on the other hand, you do not want to get wet.
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leather can get wet. its just skin. skin gets wet all the time.
"skin" has a better time of maintaining itself when its connected to a living body feeding it nutrients for repair and maintenance. The "cows get wet" idea also doesn't really work, because live critters secrete oils and enzymes that give skin properties it doesn't have when said critter goes belly up. The problem I could see with wet leather is that it could take a long time to dry, so it could get some stuff growing or get faded.

but most garment or motorcycle leather is treated. Even if it weren't well treated, it takes the leather awhile to really get wet (same reason it takes awhile to get dry!)

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Re: Getting leather jacket wet?

I'm not sure how true this is but the "Save your hide guide" says leather can loose 20% of it's strength when it gets wet. Just for the sake of comfort and convience get some motorcycle rain gear to wear over it.

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I'm not sure how true this is but the "Save your hide guide" says leather can loose 20% of it's strength when it gets wet.
This is utter bullshit.

From a maker of very high-end custom racing leathers...."Leather loves water."

He recommends the first time wearing one of his suits to pour water all over yourself then go for a ride to let it dry naturally around your 'on-the-bike' posture.

The reason consumer leather goods should be kept away from water has to do with the aforementioned color fading from crappy inexpensive dye jobs. Quality motorcycle leather is treated to quality dye and can withstand water.
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