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  1. Generally speaking, all that is needed is around 25psi for most things
  2. Take a look at the Badger 105 airbrush, it is what I use for my projects and unless you are doing large quantities/large products, it should work fine for doing edge work right out of the box. You'll likely have to buy a small adapter to fit your compressor hose to the brush, but those are in the 2 dollar range typically. It's not the cheapest, and its not the most expensive, its about in the middle and it has proven to be durable over time.
  3. Dr Jacksons is primarily a Mineral oil product per the MSDS, which is why it will darken the leather considerably more. Bicks 4 is a good choice to condition without darkening that much.
  4. Use a conditioner on them and let it soak in about 24hrs and then use a dauber or an air brush to apply the resolene. Plan for 2-3 light coats of resolene, allowing for dry time between coats and they should each look distinct, while not absorbing water from the glass/cup placed on them.
  5. You are in luck, as I actually refurbish and work on baseball gloves as a hobby. Untreated , the coasters above will absorb water and stain/darken like any other piece of leather that doesn't have a top coat. Two ways you can go about it IMO, is to do what I do when I've either conditioned or re dyed a glove. I use the all natural conditioner that I posted the recipe for in the forum here and hand rub it in. It will darken the leather some, but not drastically and provide some protection from moisture, as it is beeswax based. If you want the dried out and in need of conditioning look like the coasters above, then either resolene cut 50/50 or Angelus MATTE sealer will keep that appearance. Make sure you get the MATTE version if you use Angelus products, as they have 4 versions that range from matte to super shiny pattent leather in their shine when dry. Personally, I'd condition them and give them back a little bit of their color, as you won't loose that worn look and may even bring some of the text printing out better.
  6. Here is a link to an actual recipe on how to make a conditioner to soften your leather.
  7. The benefit of pull the dot snaps over standard snaps is their ability to resist inadvertently un snapping from anything but a direct linear pulling down on the snap itself. So things like bending over, twisting, any normal movement , to include force on force having another person trying to pull your pistol/holster off of you, will not cause the snap to come undone. This is especially beneficial when its used as an attachment/retention method on holsters, which is pretty much as an industry standard found on quality holsters, be it kydex or leather. I can understand your dislike of clips, as historically, they have all been substandard and or cheaply made, be it a FOMI clip or the super cheap metal money clip type clips found on every cheap holster ever made. However, I will say this, DCC clips are not like anything you've probably ever used before in regards to their ability to retain an item/holster to the wearer and not bend out of shape over time. There is a very good reason why they are extremely popular in the firearms training industry right now. Short of fixed loops, the DCC clip is an excellent option for IWB holster retention. The best part, is that they are relatively inexpensive and can be retro fitted on most kydex holsters and or built into leather ones. Builders like 5 shot leather, Bitterroot, Milt Sparks are offering them as a user option to customers.
  8. I would kindly suggest that you use "pull the dot" snaps instead of the standard snaps shown. Over very little time and or from not being properly seated, regular snaps have a tendency to come undone/release un expectantly. Its for this reason that just about all of the holster makers in the firearms industry use pull the dot snaps for attachments to ones body/belt. And let me tell you, there is nothing worse than drawing your pistol and having the holster come flying off your waist and or stay attached to the pistol. I have had this happen with several holsters I've used over the years and had students have this very issue during one of my classes. As an aside, you will probably also be interested in looking at incorporating/using DCC clips ( Discreet Carry Concept) into your holsters. They offer excellent retention, conceal ability and versatility. It's what a lot of holster makers in the industry are moving towards and or offering as a user option when ordering these days. https://discreetcarryconcepts.com
  9. The Badger 105 is a good airbrush, about middle of the road price and quality wise. You can find them around $90-100 brand new. I don't know if you're spraying large or a lot of items at once, so if you are, the reservoir is not that big compared to airbrushes that feed from the bottom from a small bottle. If that is the case, it may not be your best bet. But the 105 is easy to take apart, clean and works hassle free in my experience.
  10. Couple of questions for you. Are you cutting your resolene 50/50 with water when spraying? How much resolene are you adding to the airbrush? I'd imagine your previous experience you used a spray gun with a large reservoir and not something as small as an airbrush reservoir? I've had no issues spraying out of a badger 105 airbrush with resolene cut 50/50 or with the Angelus acrylic sealer. I do clean it immediately afterwards with some windshield wiper fluid and then blow it out with some water to avoid clogs or build up from either product.
  11. A member posted a video of the guy who makes these in another thread showing it easily cut the leather you want to trim down. I just came across a few of them here, at a decent price. If I can find the video of the guy who makes them I'll add it in later. Hope this helps you out. https://www.flatbillbaseball.com/product/leather-skiver/ EDIT: here is the video
  12. Are their stores open? I thought I read that they were closing most of them down to in store shopping?
  13. Based on the limited info you have provided, I'd say you need to tell the customer NO. With that said, can you better explain where this magnet is supposed to go? As a gun person, I'm drawing a blank as to where this application would even go.
  14. Mop and glow can be used with similar performance to resolene.
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