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Old 01-04-2017, 09:12 PM
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My problem is the oil that was used to treat the leather to give it the medium brown/ russet color and finish has turned rancid after about 5 years of use.

The holster and extra mag carrier have spent the last 10 days sealed in a plastic bag filled with baking soda. Opened them up today and find it has not helped.

Anybody got any ideas?
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italiansport posted a couple of days ago that to get rid of a musty odor on leather you place it into a plastic bag along with some coffee. Try doing a search on the forum for "musty leather". He stated



"The ONLY treatment I found that worked on a Thompson SMG case that had been stored in a damp basement for a long time was as follows:

I put several open containers of fresh ground coffee in the case closed it up and let it set for a couple of weeks. When I opened it back up the smell and mustiness was gone and has never returned.

I would suggest you seal your holster in a plastic bag with some coffee and see what happens. BTW: I've NEVER had any luck whatsoever with Fabreeze.

Jim"

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Thanks, I will give the coffee a try if another week in the baking soda doesn't work.
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Do you know what oil was used?
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It depends of course on who made the holster and mag carrier, but most often, top leather and saddle makers used to use extra virgin olive oil on newly made items and then put them in the sun to get that light tan/brown color that looks like a natural finish. I would suggest that you go down to a leather shop like Tandy and get some leather solvent that is used to take the shiney finish off prior to redying and apply liberally. Then after it drys give it a good going over with saddle soap before trying your coffee or baking soda treatment. If it's olive oil that has gone bad the solvent and soap should suck it out of the leather.
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It depends of course on who made the holster and mag carrier, but most often, top leather and saddle makers used to use extra virgin olive oil on newly made items and then put them in the sun to get that light tan/brown color that looks like a natural finish. I would suggest that you go down to a leather shop like Tandy and get some leather solvent that is used to take the shiney finish off prior to redying and apply liberally. Then after it drys give it a good going over with saddle soap before trying your coffee or baking soda treatment. If it's olive oil that has gone bad the solvent and soap should suck it out of the leather.
Good thought. I'll give it a try if the baking soda/coffee doesn't work. I also need to get hold of the maker and see what he thinks.
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Would Saddle soap work on the smell?
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IMHO NO OIL should EVER be used on a Leather Holster! You want a fine leather holster to break in properly and remain stiff for many years. Stiffness is needed for proper gun retention.

The ONLY thing I ever use on my holsters (and only once every few years ) is a little Kiwi Shoe Polish - that's it. This is not only my opinion, but the opinion of most Leather Holster Makers.

If it were me, I'd start over with a new quality made holster and NOT oil it - and ditch the oiled one.

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