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    Leather Care

    I have a few old Contax IIIa cases that are in pretty good shape. The leather is getting stiff so I need to treat it with something before the front starts to split from the bottom. What could be used to keep the leather from ripping?

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    Personally, I treat mine like I do a good pair of shoes - I polish them. If you use shoe polish in the same tones as the leather on your camera or case, then you also bring it back to life looking like new.

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    The best thing for dried out leather is neatsfoot oil. This will restore the leather's flexibility. Apply the oil sparingly allow it to soak in and then wipe to remove any excess. Several treatments may be needed in the worst cases. To clean leather use saddle soap.
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    Neetsfoot oil is easy to over do. You can use Lanolin cream which is natural and has no harmful solvents. You can find it in the grocery store or pharmacy as "nipple cream" for breast feeding mothers. Pecards is a cleaner and dressing for leather and works very well, even on antique leathers.

    I've used both with good results on some items in my antique collection, especially dry and cracking leather.


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    Of the ones benjiboy linked to on Amazon, I use Lexol, have for years on all leather products.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fast14riot View Post
    Neetsfoot oil is easy to over do. You can use Lanolin cream which is natural and has no harmful solvents....
    I use a product called Flexalan (available on Amazon and at saddle and horse shops), which is a mix of neatsfoot oil and lanolin. The lanolin helps the most. Like Xander said, neatsfoot oil is easy to overdo, so be careful not to apply too much.
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    Lexol from "horse" shop nearby.
    my Film Flickr. aslo, using enlarger, in the darkroom.

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    Lexol gets my vote.

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    Thank You everyone for your comments, found Neatsfoot Compound locally so I am trying it out........

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