Reconditioning leather cases?

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  1. titrisol

    titrisol Member

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    I got a $5 Zeiss Ikon Contessa (non folding) the other day, the camera is cosmetically good but needs a CLA.

    It came with the original leather case, which is in decent shape, however the leather in the bottom (where it hinges) is starting to crack.
    Is there any preventive measure I could take to recondition that leahter and make it flexible again so it won't tear apart?

    Thanks
     
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    Again, try Ballistol.
     
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    The best thing to restore dried out leather is neet's foot oil. This is an organic product. Do not use any mineral based oils.
     
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    Thanks, foot oil sounds promising. I don;t have that exact brand but something similar. I think is similar to heavy moisturizing cream.
     
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    I also use neatsfoot oil. I usually buy it from a shoe repair shop. Sporting goods shops may have it (used to be popular for baseball gloves) and hardware stores.
     
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    baseball glove oil.... that's whee I had seen that!
     
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    Son-of-a-gun at your local auto parts store, Target, or other big box store.
    Silicone and oil. Works on bellows too.
     
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    Reviving this.... I have succesfully applied a couple of layers of carnauba wax (clear shoe polish) to these leather cases and they seem to be better

    Now, the straps are a different story, they have become brittle
     
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    I'll tell you what I do to my 1961 Brooks Swallow bicycle saddle
    I find a cut of meat with lots of fat
    Take that fat and wipe it all over the leather
    I even cook it first
    I think it works.
    All you need is tallow and I figure the fat is good enough.

    I wouldn't use anything with silicone in it because then you'll clog the leather and it won't readily accept any further softening

    Soften deeply and infrequently. Like watering your grass/trees/shrubs
    Too much softening and it's all over.

    Shoe polish spit shine -no silicone- will shine it up and dye it back to original color if you want that. It will also rub off some.