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    Default What to apply to leather artwork?

    I have a burned leather art piece from Africa and noticed it's getting quite dry. The leather I believe is buffalo hide.

    My number one fear is darkening the piece with just any leather conditioner. Does anyone have a recommendation?
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    Would it be beneficial to condition it from the backside?

    I would look for Chamberlains Leather Milk.
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    Venetian Shoe Cream is also good; I use it on my dress shoes. If you apply a dime-sized dollop and rub it on the skin, it shouldn't get dark as it absorbs. It'll look dark initially because it's wet so you can try on a spot that's not as visible if you're worried.

    Any pic? Just curious what it looks like. Buffalo has more details than calf leather, for sure.

    But @JRSC00LUDE is right; conditioning it on the rough side is just as good.


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    Anything that replenishes the natural oils of the leather is going to darken it to some degree, you probably aren't going to be able to avoid that completely if your goal is to add protection/longevity.

    Look at something like Lexol Neatsfoot Leather Conditioner, it is made for lighter equine leather and is specifically designed to minimize darkening.

    Another thing to try would be Colourlock Aniline Cream, Chamberlains Leather Milk, and also Leather Honey Leather Conditioner. Colourlock also makes protectants for that kind of leather.

    You can also buy leather waxes which leave a matte protective finish, but I'm not sure if that's what you're going for.

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    I don't think I could condition it from the back, which is really unfortunate. I've attached some pictures to illustrate what I mean. I'm not sure what the back material is honestly though my guess from the feel, it could be MDF.

    EDIT: My other half reminded me she got some leather conditioner from Stampede a couple years ago. So I tested it on a small area and has done the trick really well. For reference, this is what it is: https://www.urad.com/product/softene...ly?countryid=9

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    Apply the conditioner at the Somalian coast. See if it darkens over time. If not, smother the whole continent in conditioner.


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