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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-06-2011, 10:27 PM Thread Starter
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How do you treat scuffs on your leather Strat saddlebags?

Have a couple of boot scuffs on my bags.

The guy I bought the bike from believed the bags to be "naugahyde." But being the kind of guy who investigates things I have discovered that, nope, they are genuine leather coverings.

What kind of genuine leather, or how to care for them (especially buffing/polishing out scuffs) has been considerably more elusive.

What products and maintenance tricks have been successful?
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-06-2011, 11:02 PM
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If you have deep scuffs I'm not sure there is much you can do about it. I have a couple of small ones that are just there.

Cleaning the bags with sadlesoap or Murphey's Oil soap might bring some of it out. Then use Doc Bailey's Leather Black to restore the color. My bags were looking dull. I cleaned them then used Doc Bailey's Leather Black. They looked new, except the little dents into the leather from dropping it in gravel. I see it in most motorcycle leather shops.

By the way Yamaha recommends Mink Oil. I have also used that with good success.

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Liner Dave,

Thanks a lot. I truly appreciate it.

My original owner has been using Turtle Wax Super Protectant because he thought it was artificial leather. He gave me the rest of his bottle - and I bought a new bottle of the stuff myself.

It'll still be great for the seats.

I'll let the Turtle Wax stuff "dry out" and then start using Mink Oil.

I don't have anything "deep." Most of it is boot scuffs.

I always wear a large knee brace on my left knee when I ride, and often wear braces on both knees. That makes it quite a bit harder to swing my leg over the high sissy bar and the bags. I say bad words every time I've felt my foot make contact with those bags.

I realized if I was going to do anything about the problem I'd have to start by finding out what the darn bags were even made of.
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Michaeld,

If you have deep scuffs I'm not sure there is much you can do about it. I have a couple of small ones that are just there.

Cleaning the bags with sadlesoap or Murphey's Oil soap might bring some of it out. Then use Doc Bailey's Leather Black to restore the color. My bags were looking dull. I cleaned them then used Doc Bailey's Leather Black. They looked new, except the little dents into the leather from dropping it in gravel. I see it in most motorcycle leather shops.

By the way Yamaha recommends Mink Oil. I have also used that with good success.

Dave
Dave is right. Dr Baileys leather black can make your bags look BETTER than new. it will also make the leather waterproof. if you have scratches that have that rough tore look i have read that you can sand it smooth but you are supposed to put some kind of leather "glue" on then the leather gets hard and you can sand the scuff smooth. i haven't used the dr baileys but my brother has. he had a couple bad scuffs. after the leather black they looked like new but if you looked hard you could find the scuffs. my plan it to apply the dr B and then sand the scuff, then reapply Dr B leather black to hide the sanding. very fine sand paper by the way. search the web.

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I use mink oil on mine. About 3 times per season. Not quite a spit-shine, but who can tell at 70 mph?

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Try black shoe polish. That's what I used on my Mustang seat. Made the scuffs practically disappear... I just had to polish the crap out of it because I didn't want any black "skidmarks" on my blue jeans! Hahaha
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I didn't want any black "skidmarks" on my blue jeans! Hahaha
Don't blame you, but brown skidmarks on your skivies are a bit more embarassin
(it has been reported, those can be removed in the head, with warm soapy water and a scrub brush)

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Or oxiclean! Haha Billy Mays wasn't a liar, that stuff works!
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I have my underwear color coded to ensure I don't put them on backwards when I'm not quite awake in the morning, it's yellow in the front, brown in the back.
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underwear???? what's underwear???



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