Painting a leather saddle is NOT how to restore...


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pedal4416

I live for the CABE
Nov 28, 2008
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Bryan, TX, USA
#1
I bought a bike about 10 years ago that was an amateur restoration and I’m finally getting around to fixing it. The previous “restoration expert” decided to paint the beautiful leather saddle!!! I don’t want to hurt the leather underneath so I’m slowly chipping it away with the corner of a razor blade and you can see I haven’t gotten very far in way too much time. This sucks but it’s part of the journey. If anyone has any suggestions to speed this up with out harming the leather in all ears. I’m trying to stay away from solvents because I hate the mess.

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tryder

Wore out three sets of tires already!
May 12, 2014
577
1,089
San Anselmo, CA
#2
I bought a bike about 10 years ago that was an amateur restoration and I’m finally getting around to fixing it. The previous “restoration expert” decided to paint the beautiful leather saddle!!! I don’t want to hurt the leather underneath so I’m slowly chipping it away with the corner of a razor blade and you can see I haven’t gotten very far in way too much time. This sucks but it’s part of the journey. If anyone has any suggestions to speed this up with out harming the leather in all ears. I’m trying to stay away from solvents because I hate the mess.

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Ride it. Wear old pants.
 

juvela

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Aug 2, 2014
831
1,250
Playa del Rey, United States
#3
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Wheeler

'Lil Knee Scuffer
Dec 2, 2016
17
14
53
Toronto
#10
Perhaps a pressure wash would work to get under that paint.
I'm thinking coin-op car wash for a quick try. No soap to be safer
The leather is waterproof and will deserve a treatment regardless after any reveal.
No guarantee and no liability with regards to my ideations.
 
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dweenk

Finally riding a big boys bike
Nov 13, 2014
179
153
Maryland
#11
Do you know if the paint is oil or water based? That knowledge would give you a place to start.
 

pedal4416

I live for the CABE
Nov 28, 2008
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Bryan, TX, USA
#14
Im not sure what kind of paint it is. chips off in tiny chips and packing tape took a very small amount off on the areas I already started chipping. The leather underneath is beautiful. I might just keep doing this a little bit every night while I decompress.
 

videoranger

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 19, 2006
618
255
Omaha, United States
#16
I would tend to think warming with a heat gun before chipping should help. As always, try a small area first. I can't imagine any chemicals that would be safe to use on leather would remove the coating. Also adding a good beer to the process might help.
 

Ed Manes

On Training Wheels
Dec 30, 2017
5
2
73
Redlands, calif.
#17
I have worked with leather a lot, and I think you are removing the paint correctly. Not sure what kind of razor blade you are using, but I would suggest a curved 1" Exacto blade on the thicker 5" long handle. I use mine for all kinds of restoration project. See the picture.

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razinhellcustomz

Finally riding a big boys bike
May 28, 2018
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59
kiel wisconsin
#18
I might try a little wd-40 with a soft rag or towel. You may have to let it soak into the paint, but it should loosen up the paint enough to peel it off without hurting the leather. Good luck!
 

pedal4416

I live for the CABE
Nov 28, 2008
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Bryan, TX, USA
#19
I don’t have a heat gun anymore so I used a lighter to heat the paint a little. I was able to pick at the edge with the razor and peel bigger strips. Some areas are still harder than others an will still take some patience and time. Totally worth it!
 
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GTs58

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Sep 2, 2012
9,767
8,091
Central Arizona
#20
Only 24 bucks delivered to your door. https://www.amazon.com/Wagner-Spray...rds=heat+gun'&qid=1555826056&s=gateway&sr=8-6

Time saved is money earned. Or more time to earn money. Something like that. ;)
Every once in a while I use the heat gun to strip paint off the machines at work. It's a flat steel table insert and the acrylic enamel paint comes off real easy with a sharp thin putty knife after heating it up.
 

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