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Leather Conservation

Posted by Wayne McLerran on Friday, 8 May 2015, at 9:10 p.m.

Guys,

Several years ago I started a thread on this forum asking for suggestion on conserving and conditioning leather including the removal of verdigris and methods to stop further formation. At the time I needed to clean up and preserve a couple of trapdoor related leather products. Several suggestions were made including using alcohol to clean the verdigris, followed with Lysol disinfectant spray to inhibit further growth of verdigris and mildew. Then coat and work in one of three suggested leather conditioners: Lexol, Black Rock or Pecard, with Black Rock or Pecard being the preferred of the three. BTW, all my research on the subject at the time warned against using Neatsfoot oil.

More recently I needed to clean up the leather portion of a TD bayonet scabbard. After looking around on the Internet I ran across the following leather conservation instruction from the Texas A&M University and the Centre for Maritime Archaeology and Conservation. I thought many of you would find in information interesting. Paste the following in your browser:

nautarch.tamu.edu/CRL/conservationmanual/File7.htm

BTW, Iím following the directions in the GLYCERIN TREATMENT section. Not having ethanol alcohol handy other than in the liquor cabinet, the leather is currently soaking in a 40% glycerin/60% water solution.

Wayne


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