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How to: Make your gloves look like new - September 26, 2007, 07:22 AM

I bought these gloves for cheap off of ebay at the beginning of the season and they have been used quite a bit since then (~6000 miles) They were starting to dry out from UV exposure and being caught in the rain a few times. Yes, I am slightly anal retentive

Products used:
Lexol Leather Conditioner
303 Aerospace protectant



Before: (If you look under the wrist straps you can see the original color)





Process:

I used a sock to apply the the Lexol liberally. Let it soak into the leather for 5 minutes or so and then buff off the excess.

Right side done:



Both done:



Next I applied the 303 to the leather and over the CF parts. Now, I should have been using 303 from the start since it is supposed to block 100% of UV slow fade if used every month or so. Either way the gloves look much better and feel more supple.

Final results:



The gloves are like new again!

Thanks for looking. Next I might do my jackets, boots, or my couch.


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Good post! Looks like you got good results, too.


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Good post! Looks like you got good results, too.
Thanks Sara. I am pretty happy with the results. They are not 100% back to the original color but additional applications of 303 should get them pretty close.


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good stuff, will u clean my leather suite while im wearing them?


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good stuff, will u clean my leather suite while im wearing them?
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How about don't buy cheap gloves! I find good quality gloves take many years to fade and I am talking like 5 to 7 years and riding almost everyday. Cheap gloves are made cheap and do not hold up well. Also using chemicals to clean the glove may also weaking it. Be very careful how and with what you clean your gear with. Nice post btw. Funny thing is I can't tell the difference between before and after. Could be I am partialy colorblind.


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How about don't buy cheap gloves! I find good quality gloves take many years to fade and I am talking like 5 to 7 years and riding almost everyday. Cheap gloves are made cheap and do not hold up well. Also using chemicals to clean the glove may also weaking it. Be very careful how and with what you clean your gear with. Nice post btw. Funny thing is I can't tell the difference between before and after. Could be I am partialy colorblind.
My next set of gloves will be good. These have served their purpose and were a good price. I plan on getting something nicer/better for next season. Any suggestions Dodge?

I only use products that I know are safe for what I am cleaning/detailing. Since I detail on the side I have quite a few products and a good amount of experience with different materials, etc.

There is a difference in color, but my main purpose was to feed the leather the nutrients it needs to stay supple. The biggest difference was in the feel of the gloves.

Thanks for the kind words.


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very nice john!

don't forget to protect the boots too!


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I can't see the pictures at work but I use 303 Aerospace Protectant in my car. Makes it look really good and doesn't attract dust. Most boat stores have it in stock.


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I have a similar conditioner .. just lazy to use it .. gj john
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September 26, 2007, 09:38 AM

Thanks Dub. The boots are next. I need to clean them up first. They are muddy from our trip.

Brooks: I use 303 in most cars I detail. It has a low sheen (especially if you buff off the excess immediately after applying) and low dust attraction. Another great product is Finish Kare's 108 Top Kote. I need to order some more of that soon. Availible here: http://www.fk1usa.com/products-consumer.htm

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Good stuff...thanks! My boots really need some cleaning...suit is ok but I'll use this to clean all my gear.

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might pick some of that stuff up for my car interior...


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September 26, 2007, 10:28 AM

Chris: Lexol makes a leather cleaner that is PH balanced for leather. My gloves weren't dirty so I didn't bother to use it before I used the conditioner.

Norm: I have no clue what the brand is but they make me feel like a BAMF when I wear them

Congos: I suggest either the 303 or the FK 108. The FK 108 is anti-static and helps keep the dust at bay slightly better than the 303. But the e303 can usually be found local.


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