Distressing Leather?
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    Distressing Leather?

    I have a good quality strap. Problem is, it is just too bland as well as being wrong colour for the watch head it came paired with. In my research, I have read that to distress leather you will first want to spray Isopropanol alcohol on the piece. Then rub with fine sandpaper and finish with boot polish, to protect the finished strap.

    As a watch strap is more supple than say, a trouser belt, I want to know what others have tried. Perhaps using a smooth stone in place of sand paper.

    I want to go from this:
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    ...to some nice creases and fading like this:

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    Re: Distressing Leather?

    Why don't you just buy a distressed leather strap? I just got a Colareb one and find the quality exceptional... way better than what I expected to get for the price I paid.
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    Re: Distressing Leather?

    Quote Originally Posted by arazmas View Post
    Why don't you just buy a distressed leather strap? I just got a Colareb one and find the quality exceptional... way better than what I expected to get for the price I paid.
    The strap I have is well made, it just needs tweaking, so I can stand to wear it. Sure it will need replacement straps, down the line, and the Colareb, could be a future option.
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    Re: Distressing Leather?

    The creases will develop naturally with some wear, but the color of the green strap looks sun faded to me. Maybe try wearing it to the beach?

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    Re: Distressing Leather?

    I would check on YouTube for DIY vids as well.
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    Re: Distressing Leather?

    Added black shoe polish to my brown leather aviator rivet watch band. Pleasantly pleased.


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    Re: Distressing Leather?

    Cr15py, you might try first applying rubbing alcohol and after it dries, take course sanding paper to it.


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    Re: Distressing Leather?

    By the way, I own that green ColaReb strap fashioned to my 42 mm black Hamilton Kahki. Love it!


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    Re: Distressing Leather?

    Cr15py, I would be weary of trying to distress that leather. It doesn't look like the type of leather that would take well to being weathered and modified. If you do decide to proceed, post pictures and share your process so we can see how it came out.
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    Re: Distressing Leather?

    On cheaper bands, I've played around with distressing using alcohol, and just leaving them in the backyard in the sun for a few days (check daily).

    Then wear it for a few days, it'll wrinkle and crease. Then apply protectant of your choice.

    Keep in mind, this was with a cheap band.. not sure if I'd try it with something nice.

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