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    How do you Shrink a Leather Strap ?

    i read on the Net the Following:
    Soak it in Warm Water for a Few Minutes then right away use a Hair Dryer "on High" to Dry it completely .!
    i did the exact thing but NOTHING Happened to it.. Zero Shrinkage .!

    actually the Strap is an ALLIGATOR (if that makes a Difference)..

    any Tips would be greatly appreciated.
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    Re: How do you Shrink a Leather Strap ?

    There is no way to shrink your strap that I've ever found. Usually what you tried will only stiffen a strap, which makes it feels/wear a bit shorter, but it is short lived and bad for the strap. Any reason you can't add a hole??

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    Re: How do you Shrink a Leather Strap ?

    Any reason you can't add a hole??

    hi
    i'm afraid if i added a Hole it won't be at the Same Distance as the others.
    according to my Measurement, it's gonna be Closer to the Last Hole and that may Risk the Leather to TEAR after some Use, then i'll end up with a Huge Hole instead.!!

    thanks for your Response.
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    Re: How do you Shrink a Leather Strap ?

    You can put on a shorter buckle to make it wear smaller without adding a hole.

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    Re: How do you Shrink a Leather Strap ?

    Quote Originally Posted by hoppes-no9 View Post
    You can put on a shorter buckle to make it wear smaller without adding a hole.
    I agree. Try a shorter buckle or a deployant.
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    Re: How do you Shrink a Leather Strap ?

    Good Idea.!
    Thanks Guys for the Tip.
    anyone you know of that sells Shorter 26mm Buckles ?? (Brushed or Polished. doesn't matter) Please PM me...

    thanks a Million
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    Re: How do you Shrink a Leather Strap ?

    A soak in water, followed by heat from hair dryer, seems like a perfect way to ruin a leather strap.
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    Re: How do you Shrink a Leather Strap ?

    Quote Originally Posted by JML View Post
    A soak in water, followed by heat from hair dryer, seems like a perfect way to ruin a leather strap.


    ABSOLUTELY Nothing happened to it.! NO Damage whatsoever.
    how would that Process Ruin it ???! let me know if YOU know something i don't !
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    Re: How do you Shrink a Leather Strap ?

    Most leather is not happy with getting totally wet, even if it's treated to be water resistant. And using high heat to dry leather, as opposed to using room temperature air, shortens the life of the leather. Just think of what happens to leather shoes when you get them soaked.

    Real alligator can be damaged more than something like calfskin because the scales and the material between scales is not the same thickness, hardness, etc. And the edge treatment of any strap can be affected, too. Padding can hold water, promoting bacterial growth, and glue can be softened. Stitching can be harmed, too.

    But it's your strap. If you don't see any damage, I hope it stays that way.
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    Re: How do you Shrink a Leather Strap ?

    Thanks for the Infos. i appreciate it.


    i think the Edge Treatment you had mentioned is not Water Soluble. (it looks like soft Rubber). i've made a few Straps and used it. (good stuff).



    but here it is when i wet it



    and that's what it looked like in about 20 Minutes later



    and 2 Weeks later. still holding up.!!


    as you said: i Hope it stays that way too..

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