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Old 01-03-2014, 10:48 AM   #1
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Question about leather gloves

I have a cheaper pair of Teknic mixed leather and textile gloves and I got caught in the rain with them one Summer day. After that they never felt as soft and comfortable as before. Not sure if they stretched out or what.

In my attempt to be more safe I have sworn off the cheaper gloves.

My question is if I have a more expensive pair on NON waterproof leather gloves, what will happen to them if I am caught in the rain?
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Old 01-03-2014, 12:23 PM   #2
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Just use some leather conditioner on them and they'll return to being soft.
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Old 01-03-2014, 12:55 PM   #3
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Thanks, I should have been more specific...it's the inside that feels different. The gloves I plan on wearing are the Teknic Lightning in warmer weather but I don't want to have to worry about being caught in the rain with them. I found an older waterproof model of the same glove but I would rather not spend the money if rain won't hurt theses. I rubbed mink oil on them which is a great water repellent.
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Old 01-03-2014, 01:20 PM   #4
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what will happen to them if I am caught in the rain?
Captain Obvious says...

They will get wet and so will your hands.

All stupidness aside... I think that waterproof implies that the gloves keep your hands dry.

The mink oil is a great idea!

I think I'll do that to my current gloves.
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Old 01-03-2014, 01:25 PM   #5
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The question is will it harm the glove, i.e. cause them to stretch out.

I'm not concerned with wet hands.
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Old 01-03-2014, 01:39 PM   #6
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good leather gloves can and should be washed out to remove the sweat and crud that builds up on them.

Use a mild hand soap.

I wash my gloves a couple of times each year. I just put them on my hands and the wash them thoroughly as if I was washing dirty hands.

Then take them off, tightly roll them up in a towel and then step on the towel to press out the excess water.

I usually add a couple of layers of dry cloth (wash cloth) inside the palm area and gauntlet portions of the glove before I roll it up in the towel and that way the moisture is extracted from inside the glove as well as outside the glove.

Then allow to air dry a few hours, making sure I prop the gloves open

The best way I have found to do this is the put the glove over the radio antenna of my car with the antenna going up into the index or middle finger.

Next, I put the gloves on and work a mink oil or similar product into the leather to protect the leather. This is no different than conditioning baseball glove. Similar to applying hand lotion to your hands... but don't use hand lotion as it is not intended for tanned leather.

Let that sit for 30-60 minutes, then put the gloves on and wipe off the excess oil on a clean paper towel. Sometimes in takes few paper towels before the oil stops coming off the leather.

Then you are done.
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Old 01-03-2014, 01:53 PM   #7
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Well George if you didn't notice any ill effects to the gloves after washing them then I would say they should be okay to get wet.
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Old 01-03-2014, 02:26 PM   #8
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I've been caught in rain many times, in different gloves. The gloves were a little stiff after they dried, but they went back to normal after you put them on and flexed them around..
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Old 01-03-2014, 03:31 PM   #9
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I've been caught in rain many times, in different gloves. The gloves were a little stiff after they dried, but they went back to normal after you put them on and flexed them around..
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Old 01-03-2014, 08:27 PM   #10
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Thanks guys!
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I've always washed mine with Woolite.
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Old 01-04-2014, 03:16 PM   #12
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Good stuff to see here for me guys. Where's a common place to find mink oil?
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Old 01-04-2014, 03:20 PM   #13
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Good stuff to see here for me guys. Where's a common place to find mink oil?
Target, Wal Mart, or a grocery store in the shoe section. It comes in a flat can and it's a paste. Repels water great!
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Wash the gloves inside and out with Saddle Soap. Then, when dried, use the mink oil. Both can be found next to the shoe polishes in your local grocery store or WalMart.
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Any tips on getting gloves to stretch a bit?
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Making stiff gloves flexible, yes.

Making gloves a larger size, no.

Even if you could, by stretching them, I'd think you'd thin out the leather and over stress the seams. I would just buy new gloves that feel / fit better.
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Any tips on getting gloves to stretch a bit?
Depends on how much stretching. If they are just a small amount too tight: On a good hot day get the gloves soaking wet then go for a ride wearing them until they dry out.
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Depends on how much stretching. If they are just a small amount too tight: On a good hot day get the gloves soaking wet then go for a ride wearing them until they dry out.
Yup! Also works if they've shrunk a little from being put away wet..
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Old 01-06-2014, 04:18 PM   #19
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Depends on how much stretching. If they are just a small amount too tight: On a good hot day get the gloves soaking wet then go for a ride wearing them until they dry out.
That's also what I was told by a local track junkie, but I have never tested it.
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Old 01-07-2014, 10:30 AM   #20
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I think another important thing is to let the gloves dry... It isn't just about the mink oil and leather care. Be sure to let the leather try after treating it... leaving it wet will make it nasty..
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