Lexol Help with dried out leather liners / chinstraps

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Lexol Help with dried out leather liners / chinstraps

Post by woznotwos » Sun Mar 18, 2018 6:24 am

I have read on here somewhere that there is a good leather cleaner by Lexol to use on the liners and chinstraps that breathes new life into them . I cannot find the original post now . However there are conditioners / cleaners and a 3 in 1 available by Lexol. Are all these suitable or do you guys use just the conditioner ? Or is there now something better on the market ?
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Re: Lexol Help with dried out leather liners / chinstraps

Post by Pontiac9999 » Sun Mar 18, 2018 9:14 am

Lexol on liners and chinstraps is a very touchy subject for me. One you Lexol it, you can't go back. Lexol will darken all leathers.

And most of the time the helmet ends up looking like a greasy old catchers glove. Ebay UK is full of greased up helmets, I don't know, maybe they like the stuff over there (lol).

Show us some pictures of your helmet, maybe we can provide some insight for you.

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Post by woznotwos » Sun Mar 18, 2018 9:29 am

Its actually in reasonable shape , my concern is keeping it that way . Do you think I am best leaving it alone then ? :)
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Re: Lexol Help with dried out leather liners / chinstraps

Post by 911car » Sun Mar 18, 2018 9:38 am

Pontiac9999 wrote:
Sun Mar 18, 2018 9:14 am
Lexol on liners and chinstraps is a very touchy subject for me. One you Lexol it, you can't go back. Lexol will darken all leathers.

And most of the time the helmet ends up looking like a greasy old catchers glove. Ebay UK is full of greased up helmets, I don't know, maybe they like the stuff over there (lol).

Show us some pictures of your helmet, maybe we can provide some insight for you.

Adam
I agree with Adam, and to be even more plain-spoken, I would say never, ever use any oily conditioner on liners and chinstraps. Disaster guaranteed, especially on light brown liners found on later models. The farthest I have ever been, on a thick black leather liner in an older Kurassier helmet that was superficially stained with mold, was to use a minuscule amount of neutral shoe polish on a rag.
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Re: Lexol Help with dried out leather liners / chinstraps

Post by Pontiac9999 » Sun Mar 18, 2018 10:03 am

If it is in reasonable shape, don't touch it! I would love to see a picture of it though....

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Re: Lexol Help with dried out leather liners / chinstraps

Post by aicusv » Sun Mar 18, 2018 10:57 am

If it is a choice between oiling the leather and have it darken, or leaving it and have it fall apart, I go with the oil. No matter what product you use it will darken the the leather.
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Post by woznotwos » Mon Mar 19, 2018 5:21 am

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Re: Lexol Help with dried out leather liners / chinstraps

Post by Sandmann » Mon Mar 19, 2018 5:46 am

I asked the same question and got the same answers :wink:
I decided to invest in an Air-Humidifyer. A good humidity for Leather is around 50%. If you keep the humidity constant and if you put the Haubes not into the direct sun, you will have fun with your Pickelhaubes for a long time and no oil is necessary :thumb up:
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Re: Lexol Help with dried out leather liners / chinstraps

Post by woznotwos » Mon Mar 19, 2018 6:22 am

Thanks for that tip , they are out the sun in a glass case . I will invest in a humidifier then . Thank you everyone for your input . :bravo:
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Re: Lexol Help with dried out leather liners / chinstraps

Post by b.loree » Mon Mar 19, 2018 9:30 am

There is an excellent article on The Kaiser’s Bunker about care and preservation written by our member Tony Schnurr. His site is also the best on line Haube reference in English that I know of.
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Re: Lexol Help with dried out leather liners / chinstraps

Post by pickelhauben » Tue Mar 20, 2018 7:56 am

Here is ban interesting read on the subject .

http://german-helmets.com/LEATHER%20BALMS.htm

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Re: Lexol Help with dried out leather liners / chinstraps

Post by aicusv » Tue Mar 20, 2018 12:58 pm

I've used a couple of things over the years with some success. The first thing I every used was my mother's face cream, I had a steel helmet whose chin strap was dried out, stiff, and ready to break. I use the cream and the strap became soft and flexible again. The cream cost more than the helmet so I never used it again. BTW this was over 50 years ago.
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Re: Lexol Help with dried out leather liners / chinstraps

Post by WEIMAR » Wed Mar 21, 2018 11:58 am

Living in the UK I have never heard of Lexol but there is something else available here which members might like to consider to soften and protect fine leather.
It is called British Museum Leather Dressing and is used by the British Museum and other conservators to preserve antique leather book bindings. I have used it on a thin leather liner and it stopped red rot in its tracks.
If you Google it there is plenty of detail and also where it can be purchased.
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Re: Lexol Help with dried out leather liners / chinstraps

Post by ebeeby » Wed Mar 21, 2018 4:29 pm

I couldn't find it for sale except one place which said "for sale in UK only"

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Re: Lexol Help with dried out leather liners / chinstraps

Post by Sandmann » Thu Mar 22, 2018 12:22 am

I only found Art-doctor.fr, but expensive. But Wiki shows the receipt ....
http://www.artdoctor.fr/Dev/en/cleaning ... ssing.html
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