Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Cocoa Beach, Florida
Distressing a new leather jacket
Leather jackets are cool of course, but I can't stand it when they are brand new.
I bought a whole bunch of WWII-era style "A-2" jackets as promotional items for my resaurant, but they are all brand new and boy do they look it!
A jacket like that has to have some "patina"...it's got to look "lived in" and like it has a lot of adventure and stories to tell.
So, I didn't feel like waiting around for 20 years and wearing it everyday so I decided to fake it.
First thing I did was spray alcohol on it and throw it in the pool! I let it soak in the bottom of the pool for about 1/2 hour to get the leather good and soft.
Then I took it out and screwed it up real tight and scraped on the bricks around the pool. Then i opened it back up and just slapped it around on the ground a few times, and rubbed some areas like the elbows and the collar a little extra.
I let it drain and dry in the sun, then put it in the clothes dryer for about 1/2 hour to get the leather all crackly and soft.
voila! instant 20-year old looking jacket!
Oh yeah: My wife thinks I'm nuts!