Once you buy a classic leatherjacket, for one you always look for opportunities to wear it, and two, you always want to keep it in the best condition. However, if you wear it while it rains, you could damage the leather considerably. If you want to keep your leather jacket in the best condition for several years, you should really waterproof it. But how do you do that? Well, we give you a few easy ways of doing that so that you're always proud of it.
Why should you waterproof your jacket? In a wet state, your leather jacket loses some of its essential oils, making it dry, brittle and ugly along with many spots and blotches. You can waterproof your jacket in these ways:
If you have a suede or nubuck jacket: Select a silicone polymer leather waterproofing spray for your nubuck or suede jacket. By spraying your jacket with this solution, the water will be repelled and you will be able to save your jacket.
For any genuinely good leather jacket: Use an acrylic copolymer spray which will penetrate your leather jacket to make a tiny, porous and water-resistant net. This spray does not affect the jacket's colour but keep it smooth and gleaming.
Top-grain or oiled leather: This refers to real or genuine leather which is used to make not just your jackets, but your pants, suits and gloves too. On this leather texture, you can use any good oil or cream to restore it to its original condition. By oiling your leather jacket, you will fill the leather's pores which will prevent any water from entering the jacket.
#1. You can use a spray protectant or any other commercial product that waterproofs leather. Alternatively, you can opt for beeswax cream which is known to give good results. However, the first step to waterproof your leather jacket would be to spot test your jacket or you might end up with a dark spot.
#2. To use beeswax cream, combine 1 cup extra virgin olive oil with 2 ounces beeswax in a glass jar. Break the beeswax into small pieces and add it to the glass jar and place the pieces in a pan of cold water.
#3. Heat the mixture on a stove and stir the solution till the beeswax completely melts in the olive oil.
#4. Remove the pan from the stove and keep stirring the solution until it cools and sets. This might take about 20 minutes.