Caring for your belt

Caring for your belt



There are two primary enemies to leather…sun and water.  It is exposure to these two elements that reduce the useful life of a piece of leather.  Leather which is put into a dark and dry room will have an almost unlimited life.  But the reason you had a belt made in the first place is to wear it, so how do you avoid sun and water?  Your belt has been treated with a clear lacquer finish.  This finish helps to protect the leather from harmful rays of the sun.  Over time, the finish will wear off, so it is a good idea to periodically reapply a coat of leather finish.  We recommend Clear-Lac leather finish which is produced by LCI (Leather Coatings, Inc.) of Dallas, Texas or Fiebing’s Tan-Kote produced by Fiebing Company, Inc. of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  You can Google either of these names to find a distributor near you, or go to www.fiebing.com.  Depending on how often you wear your Custom Western Belt, we recommend re-applying the finish once or twice a year.  Follow the directions on the package for application.  Apply the finish only to the tooled side of the belt.  It is best to avoid water completely; however, if your belt gets wet from rain or perspiration, it is best to lay the belt flat and allow it to dry.  Continued wearing while the belt is wet may result in stretching and disfigurement.  Often repeated wet and dry cycles will reduce the useful life of the belt.  Use a protective finish more often if repeated wet and dry cycles occur.  Neatsfoot oil is a great preservative for smooth leathers, but is not recommended for your hand-tooled Custom Western Belt except in extreme cases of neglect as it will cause the leather to turn dark.

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