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    Cleaning and Care for Old Slings

    Just wondering what if anything I should and shouldn't do with my MG slings as far as cleaning and maintenance.

    I have on hand a can of leather wax as well as some kind of leather conditioner that is made with avocado oil.

    Thoughts?

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    Hit up a tack shop. They will have the products you need to condition old leather. Look for stuff that is made from natural materials (no chemicals or synthetics).
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    Quote Originally Posted by FALover View Post
    Hit up a tack shop. They will have the products you need to condition old leather. Look for stuff that is made from natural materials (no chemicals or synthetics).
    Not sure how many tack shops there are in Warsaw
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    Quote Originally Posted by joe6167 View Post
    Not sure how many tack shops there are in Warsaw
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    Heck the Germans invented this stuff.. Ballistol

    https://ballistol.com/uses/leather-care/
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    Quote Originally Posted by joe6167 View Post
    Not sure how many tack shops there are in Warsaw
    You’d think after fighting Panzers on horseback they’d have a rich tradition in regards to horsemanship.

    I coated some old leather slings with Ballistol. Made them nice and supple again, but Mark II had suggested to me that a waxy, gooey buildup of some sort might result from repeated use.
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    "...a rich tradition in regards to horsemanship..." They do. Also as infantry and airmen. It was the Poles who finally took Monte Casino. The Polish Squadrons that fought in the BoB had a large proportion of 'aces' from 1939.
    Oh and anything that cleans leather, like saddle soap(snicker), will do nicely. Lotta that stuff can be found in shoe repair shops too.

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