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I know on the Chieftains, we don't have all the issues others are having with fading leather, but what is everyone using to maintain their black saddles?
 

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I am thinking of using the Aqua Seal leather conditioner that I use on my Aerostich Combat Touring boots. Like the idea of adding some waterproofing to the seat. Not sure how porous the seat is as I've not ridden in any heavy rain. Anyone had any issues with water penetrating the stock leather finish?
 

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Lexol Cleaner and Conditioner. Works great.
 
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I use the Mcquires product as well. I would not use mink oil as it rots leather and stitching. I am a saddle maker with 25 years of leather crafting experience, stay away from mink oil! I would use snow seal if you want a water proof seal. It is made from beeswax which does not rot leather and thread.
 

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I use the Mcquires product as well. I would not use mink oil as it rots leather and stitching. I am a saddle maker with 25 years of leather crafting experience, stay away from mink oil! I would use snow seal if you want a water proof seal. It is made from beeswax which does not rot leather and thread.
How would the silicon in mink oil rot leather. If the water had penetrated thru the leather then mink oil was then applied I would agree with you. I have used mink oil on my riding leathers for many years will no ill effects. I do worry when I will get caught out in the rain this season to soaking the leather and how hard it will be to let the foam padding under neigh dry out. Dean E
 

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How does their leather cream work? Would it work ok on my brown 15 desert tan bags??
I use it on my '14 Vintage and it works great. I also got waterproofing (more wax) and beads water right off.
 

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I also use Doc Bailey's on all my leather, my Chieftain and my riding boots.
 

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I was using McGuire's but I didn't care for the way it worked into the Leather. I asked the dealer for the stuff they give out to the folks who buy the Vintages (I think). That stuff works great, not sure who makes it, but I plan on finding out.
 
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