Apr 22, 2010
Brooks B-72 Restoration
The underside of the saddle was dusty dry and the top had some surface cracking, but it appeared to be in good shape otherwise.
When I began this project, I didn't know WTF carnauba wax was, but it's easier to find than I thought - it's a car wax and also used as cork grease for woodwind instruments. For saddles, however, you need pure carnauba wax (i.e. no cleaners, which are common in the car waxes). The photo at right is the saddle, post-wax application but before I warmed it and buffed it up.
After warming the saddle to let the wax soak in a bit, I buffed it with a cotton rag and gave it a look. The leather feels much better than before I waxed it. The color is very similar to what was before I gave it the treatment, which I like. The worn areas still look worn, but the cracks are healed over somewhat and the saddle is shinier over-all. In fact, the saddle is so shiny that the "after" photo had a lot of glare and I had to dial-down the exposure to see what was going on.
On a side note, if you live in the upper Midwest and want to do this yourself, hit me up because I probably have enough wax left over to treat every Brooks saddle ever sold in North America.
at 8:00 PM