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08-07-2006, 11:16 PM
Well, I ended up in the hottest month of the year to do my welding project, but I need a utility trailer.

I have been sweating buckets in my leather welding chaps, and they are getting a bit crusty. I was wondering how others care for their chaps. Can they be washed? Do you rub them down with saddle soap? How do you keep them soft?


08-08-2006, 12:53 AM
Wouldn't know...I've never worn them.
The kids up at the college wear them but I rarely see them any where I work.
My ol' half jacket only gets used when I'm air arcing. It's prolly 15 years old now. My full jacket's about 20 years old. Never put anything on them but sparks and slag :D

08-08-2006, 01:21 PM
Don't use chaps for welding. usually either a leather apron (burn my arms) or a jacket if out of position.

But we do use chaps on the ranch and they get pretty crusty.

Saddle soap is the right cleaning stuff; then give them a good coating of neatsfoot oil. It's made from cows (non-petrolium) and is used on all the leather tack including saddles and chaps, to keep them supple and waterproof. Get some at Tractor Supply or Intermountain Farmers, etc.