Leather Dressing - Description
Leather Care for all Fine Leather
Dressing from Pecard is ideal for the care of all fine leather goods.
Pecard Leather Dressing, manufactured in Wisconsin, USA, since 1902,
is the unrecognized jewel among the many leather dressings on the
market. It is based on a petroleum lubricant similar to vaseline,
with additions of selected waxes including beeswax.
It is a dressing which penetrates the leather, allows the fibres
to bend and move without chafing and breaking, coats the fibres
to inhibit oxidation, and helps maintain a desirable level of moisture
in the leather. It is chemically neutral, carrying neither salts
nor harsh solvents, and does not decompose to form damaging chemicals.
With low volatility it is long lasting. It is an economical dressing
- there are no volatile carrier agents such as water or kerosene
to dilute the lubricant. Pecard Leather Dressing is the dressing
used by the knowledgeable collectors of leather items and museum
conservators. We offer Pecard Leather Dressing in three convenient
tub sizes: 6 fl oz (US) (0.18 litre). 16 fl oz (US) (0.48 litre).
32 fl oz (US) (0.96 litre).
Why not Neatsfoot Oil?
The majority of leather dressings are based on tallow or neatsfoot
oil. Tallow, even kidney fat, contains salts which build up with
repeated dressing and attack the leather fibres.
Neatsfoot oil compounds, long recognized for damage to sewing,
also weaken and blacken the leather. Both these animal fats provide
a culture for the growth of bacteria and fungus, and turn rancid,
resulting in further attack on the leather. The more liquid formulations
also evaporate quickly, leaving the leather dry and open to rapid
deterioration by oxidation and mechanical break down.
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