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    Default Oiling saddles- What's your preferred oil?

    Basically the title says it all. Which oil do you prefer for oiling saddles, on a repeat basis, after the first oiling?
    Also how often do you oil your saddles?



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    mini bump because it got buried underneath a bunch of topics.



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    After looking and looking for ways to get my very stubborn orangey saddle to darken, I tried soo many, mink oil worked best for me. I think I got the method from COTH, if your interested you can search it.

    * besides helping deepen my saddle it made it really soft. I used it when I first got it and still use it every so often.

    otherwise I'm addicted to Antares Leather conditioner, nothing compares.



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    I use Neatsfoot Oil, but I probably only oil my saddle 2-3 times per year. The rest of the time, I just clean it and apply a nice thick layer of TC Saddle Buff, which I believe is just a glycerin based mixture.

    Hope this helps!



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    What about for the very first oiling? My BFF just got a band new Toulouse, and is trying to get it soft and grippy. Did the mink oil help for that?
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    I use mink oil for all of my leather tack. Darkens the leather very nicely and I use a paste so it's easy to apply with a small sponge, (easily found on Ebay). There are some threads about saddle darkening on here that describe the process...

    I oil my saddle only when it needs it, (usually 2-3 times a year), and I'm careful not to overdo it. I make sure the saddle is thoroughly clean, (being sure to remove any dirt, grime, etc. with a soft cloth and water, not just caking on saddle "cleaner"). Then I apply the oil to the warm saddle, (I put the saddle in the sun or blow dry the area I'm working on), so the oil sinks in better. After the oil is all sunk in, I apply Passier Lederbalsam to seal it. It does leave the saddle grippy and a bit tacky, but I love that! This method always leaves the leather really supple and soft. The better leather quality, the better it works!



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    Walsh's Blue Ribbon oil if I want to darken. Neatsfoot or hydrophane if I don't.
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    I use oil the same as Jenners.

    I much prefer oil to conditioner like lederbalsam and only use oil, glycerine soap and the occasional deep cleaning with Kirk's Castile.
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    I like olive oil. It darkens well and doesn't make the leather stretch.



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