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    I've been told that one can use olive oil or vegetable oil to darken leather. What gets a darker result? And is canola oil ok to use? I figure it won't get the leather's cholesterol up as high as regular veggy oil will. Lol. Sorry
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    Re: darkening leather with oil

    I'd use a regular leather oil product like Mink Oil.
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    Mink oil & neetsfoot oil stink & are messy. Olive oil works ok.

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    I've always used neetsfoot, ever since I was a kid playing baseball and I used it on my glove.
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    My son is a saddlemaker at a well known maker for the cutting horse industry. They regularly use vegetable oil with excellent results and no stink. Fom
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    Re: darkening leather with oil

    The only problem I have had with using vegetable oil based products is that it can (with time) become rancid. I have switched to Montana Pitch Blend products for all my leather stuff. It is a mixture of beeswax, mink oil, pine pitch. The smell isn't obnoxious like mink oil, and the beeswax and pine pitch are fantastic at preserving leather.

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    Re: darkening leather with oil

    Having worked in our family boot and saddle shop when I was younger I learned that some oils will cause bacterial growth. Bacteria in the leather will cause rotting and a terrible odor. We found that even neatsfoot oil would promote bacterial growth, as well as petroleum oils, vegetable and olive oils too. Not to mention they don't protect as well as mink oil or bees wax. Of coarse if the leather is not cleaned regularly and has been neglected, left muddy and manure on it won't matter what you use on the leather.

    The best we found to work well to preserve and protect the leather was mink oil and bees wax. That has been the old timers leather treatment from way back. It won't promote bacterial growth with regular cleaning and care, and don't smell if it is a pure form and not blended with cheaper types of oils.

    If you want to darken the leather you can use mink oil and put it in the sunlight to darken to the desired amount, don't use to much though. Excessive oiling and heat can make leather shrink and discolor. Kind of like frying food to long.
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    Re: darkening leather with oil

    Ok I've put one coat of olive oil on and it is no darker, so...

    If I switch to the mink oil will it mess me up?
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