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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-28-2011, 12:58 PM Thread Starter
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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!
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-28-2011, 05:21 PM
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If you would send one to me and I could do the job in less than 5 years
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If you would send one to me and I could do the job in less than 5 years
Yeah, if it's free, it's for me I am open for one, for mine, please send one that you ain't soaked in the pool Ride Safe
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USAAF, huh. Mm-hmmm

I wear a G-1 myself, and it had been "lived in" long before I started riding..... :-)
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might i suggest adding some bullet and knife holes to the jackets? make 'em more of a conversation piece
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Pretty smart Kit, like the others said, do you have any spare after the promo?
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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-29-2011, 06:33 AM Thread Starter
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Soory, no spares! They only sent me the exact number I paid for!

However, I didn't buy them all...there are plenty left for you guys!

Just Kidding.

These are imports, so they aren't that expensive. $65/each in lots of 12.
They are very nice and well constructed. The only obvious visual difference from an authentic A-2 is the 2-piece back. Only a real nut or a collector would notice that though.

These are converted/modified into "Flying Tiger" jackets, with an authentic repro of a "blood chit" on the back as well.
It all ties in with the theme of the restaurant.

This one I will just wear plain, no other patches or mods.
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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-30-2011, 04:33 PM
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Jeesse. some of us just restained ours. I feel left out. Maybe I should hit the dirt one time at about 30mph to do it right.

My feet on the pegs and lots of time to go where the road leads.
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Jeesse. some of us just restained ours. I feel left out. Maybe I should hit the dirt one time at about 30mph to do it right.
Well, not quite as relaxing as a dip in the pool, but it will still "distress" the jacket!
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it will still "distress" the jacket!
and your skin, bones, organs....
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