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Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Monroe, LA
I use Ivory soap, either the bar or laundry flakes, and cool to lukewarm water; never use hot water. Wet the cap well, rub the Ivory soap all over it, and rub the skullcap between your hands to work the soap into the leather. Rinse thoroughly. Repeat as needed until it smells clean. Make sure all the soap has been rinsed out. Take the wet cap, lay it between the folds of a towel and press the excess water out of it. Remove from the towel, shape it to it's prewashed form, and place it somewhere out of the sun to dry. Somewhere where it will dry rapidly but without too much heat is ideal. Once dry, get some Sno-Seal leather treatment (available at many shoe and sporting goods stores), and rub it into the leather. Lay the cap in the sun or heat it with a hair dryer on low heat. This will help the leather absorb the Sno-Seal. Keep applying Sno-Seal and heating the leather until it won't absorb any more. Rub any excess Sno-Seal off with a terry cloth rag and you are good to go. The Sno-Seal preserves and waterproofs the leather, yet still allows it to "breathe". One small container will last a long, long time.
I'm keepin' all the left over parts. I'm gonna use 'em to build another bike!
1989 VN750 acquired December, 2008, 6,711 miles
Currently 23,298 miles
2001 Honda CMX250 Rebel acquired July, 2008
1987 VN750 project bike, acquired August, 2009, 33,000 miles and balancer sticking out of the case, currently awaiting attention and parts