Re: [CR]Restoration of Leather Covered Handlebar


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From: "Chuck Schmidt" <chuckschmidt@earthlink.net>
Subject: Re: [CR]Restoration of Leather Covered Handlebar
Date: Thu, 24 May 2007 10:27:24 -0700
To: Classic Rendezvous <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>


On May 24, 2007, at 8:50 AM, gholl@optonline.net wrote:
> I've got a white leather covered 3ttt bar with four small areas of
> wear from normal use, above and below the hoods, very slightly
> exposing the underlying, darker leather. The areas are small not
> more than 2 x 1 cm. They are not tears or erosions.
>
> Question: How can these areas be best restored? My immediate
> thought was white shoe polish, but, I thought it prudent to ask for
> other opinions before making the matter worse.
>
> Any advice would be much appreciated by,
>
> George Hollenberg MD
> CT, USA
>
>
> George Hollenberg MD
> CT, USA

I've had good luck with white liquid shoe polish. There are special versions that are meant to cover scuffs that have lots of solids mixed in the liquid. Skating shops use to (still do?) carry brands that worked on skating boots really great, and that's what I used (sorry, don't remember the brand anymore George). You can also burnish the spots with your fingernail or tooth brush handle to make the spot smoother.

Chuck Schmidt AH
CA, USA