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How do you make a leather sling look worn?

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by carbine85, Dec 30, 2013.

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  1. carbine85

    carbine85 Member

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    The only sling I can find is a reproduction. I want to make it look worn and stressed. Do you guys have any technique in doing this?
     
  2. MtnCreek

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    Use it as a flank cinch and ride several miles in tall, wet grass.

    Sorry. :) I'm curious too.
     
  3. LAGS

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    @ Carbine85.
    You just have to Work the leather.
    And what I mean is to flex and rub it across come thing like a wood surface.
    On a sling you would use something like a saw horse or a wood pole and start by wrapping the sling over the surface of the horse, with the rough side of the leather against the wood and work it back and forth rubbing and stretching it at the same time.
    Some leathers do well if they are first Dampened with a little water and gently worked again both damp and then when dried out.
    Baseball glove treatment also helps, as will leather products like Saddle soaps.
     
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    Use it??
     
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    I have leather slings on all of my rifles. The others have given you suggestions as to how to make a sling look used, but I have a suggestion to improve the texture of the leather. If you give a leather sling a coat of SnoSeal and rub the product into the sling so that none is on the surface it really improves the looks of the sling and protects it during use. SnoSeal is used on leather boots to waterproof them and to make them soft.
     
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    Anybody remember "Spin & Marty", when they "aged" a pair of jeans?
     
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    I've stained them with spirit dyes (alcohol based stains) then soaked them in oil, used motor oil even, worked the leather until it was flimsy, used a philips screwdriver to enlarge and oblong the holes.

    Brand new sling that looks like it was on Tarawa in 1942.

    You just can't respect the newness of the thing, at all.
     
  8. model4006

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    wear it
     
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