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Saddle Soap Application Methods

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Hi everyone,

Recently I've been using fiebings paste saddle soap to finish my edges and I've come across a few problems.

So I use canvas to apply the saddle soap to my edges however it can spread around and sometimes cover my stitching. While I don't really want to dig small pieces of saddle soap out and around of my stitching, it's worse when you have white stitching and your yellow saddle soap discolors your stitching...

Also, I use a hand dremel with wooden attachments to burnish after applying saddle bar soap which works great, but I'm not sure how to attach canvas to a hand dremel and use paste saddle soap to finish my leather. Any ideas?

Sam

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Switch to water or gum trag or beeswax? Tons of other stuff to burnish with aside from saddle soap.

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Use Fiebings saddle soap bar, not paste. Water, soap, canvas, rub stick is what I do. Then, when dry I usually burnish beeswax rub  w canvas --John

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cheers!

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I've you want to try it, just out a free drops of water in your saddle soap. Rub it around until frothy a bit and use your finger to apply it to maybe a 6" stretch of edge. It don't take much. Then burnish with canvas

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On 8/11/2018 at 12:41 AM, Stetson912 said:

I've you want to try it, just out a free drops of water in your saddle soap. Rub it around until frothy a bit and use your finger to apply it to maybe a 6" stretch of edge. It don't take much. Then burnish with canvas

This is exactly how I use SS paste...the water spritzer I keep on the bench is real handy for controlling how much water ends up in the can. Depending upon how the particular project's edge is cooperating, I'll even follow up with wax or gum trag, per battlemunky's suggestion above.

On my desk at my full-time job I have a leather edge sample that I did just for kicks...used nothing more a pocket razor knife, a black sharpie for the edge coloring (and burnisher ;)), spit (in lieu of GT or SS) and elbow grease...wouldn't want to do an entire holster or belt that way but the process works...in a pinch.

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