I bought this really neat 8"x14"x26" (big enough but small enough) heavy leather old fashioned type suitcase at a swap meet. It' not exactly like a hard sided suitcase, but the leather is so thick and tough that the suitcase is very rigid. My idea is to use it to carry wrenches, socket set, basic hand tools that are now in several small tool pouches, and perhaps a few small spare parts, etc., probably behind a transferable running board luggage fence on which ever Model "T" I might drive on club tours.
This suitcase of very thick and stiff cowhide is very old, very worn at corners and edges (just the right "patina") but still very strong and servicable. It is also very, very dry and looks like it would just love to soak up the right type of leather treatment oil. My problem is that I don't know just would be the right type of oil for this. Anybody know what might work well to preserve and protect such leather? Thanx,.....harold
Neat's foot oil is good for leather. Also, mink oil which you might find at a Redwing shoe store.
Mink oil sounds too high-falutin' for a beat-up suitcase/tool box. I'd stick with the neatsfoot.
A product I use on old leather belting, jackets, car seats and the like is Leather Honey. It sure seems to work well and makes old leather belts serviceable again. Whatever product you do decide to use is going to darken the leather. If you aren't sure, try a small area that won't be seen.
Ditto on the Neatsfoot oil. Been using it for years on boots and other leather stuff.
Griot's Leather rejuvenator is absolutely the best professional leather rejuvenator out there. In addition to making your leather soft, flexible and supple, it will even make your leather smell like a new shoe store. You will need to put on several coats until it has been absorbed deep into the leather (you can't hardly put on too much). Instead of a rag, I like to paint it on with a good paintbrush and after it has dried and cured, put a coat of shoe polish on it. See the following thread.
Post before and after pictures of the case when it is done.
We can't agree on ANY kind of oil.
Why would I want my leather to smell like plastic?
Sorry, I couldn't resist......
Ain't that the truth, Hal. I'm gonna keep checking this thread to see how long before somebody advises Harold to try MMO.
Been a while since we heard anything about Modified Bitumen Roof Tar.
I don't know how much Griot's Leather Rejuvenator costs but for the more frugally minded: my dad always used straight Vaseline on old saddles that were really dry and cracked. You can just slather it on and let the leather soak it up. When you reach the point it won't soak up any more wipe it down really well. Presto!
Pam pan coating also works well. easy to apply. I have used it for years and it has never hurt the leather. I have also used
WD-40 (fish oil). I use them both for my boots before I go out in the rain or do concrete work. My wife has used pam on her saddles as well.
John, I must take exception to WD40 as to it containing fish oil. It contains aliphatic hydrocarbon, petroleum base oil, and LVP aliphatic hydrocarbon. They do not recommend using it for applying to the skin or breathing the vapors. KGB
I think that what I would do is to use Saddle Soap for cleaning first and then one of the other treatments.
I thought Pam was nothing more than canola oil in a spray can. Couldn't swear to that, but that's what I've been told.
Lithium grease and used motor oil. It might as well look like it's been laying under the grease rack for awhile.
Mike - Remind me to never ask you for advice on toothpaste! Ha, ha,.....
Thanks for the help guys,....I'll try a couple of those suggestions on the bottom and then make a decision,.....harold
Ha! What's this toothpaste stuff you're talking about?
Just for grins I thought I would check out what the differences are between Neatsfoot oil and Mink oil that Red Wing Shoes reccomemds for it products.
I wore Red Wing work shoes for years when I was working full time and remembered the reasoning behind the use of Mink oil on leather products.
Check out the differences on Wikipedia between Neatsfoot and Mink oil.
Maybe Red Wing has a good reason for recommending Mink oil.
Opinions will vary!!