Leatherguard Leather Treatment
Summary: Leatherguard is a clear spray treatment claimed to protect
leather from water, wine and other liquid
spills; mildew and moisture; scuffing and fading.
Unique water based formulation with no solvents; it's also
claimed to be non-toxic and environmentally safe.
A small amount goes a long way. It seems to work well and
it's also a leather
cleaner and easier to use than organic or most synthetic
leather protective treatments.
been wearing leather since two-wheeled motorized
transportation was invented. It just seems to be a
natural relationship that will probably never end, even
with all the synthetic fabrics that have been (and will
be) invented. Leather has a feel and aura that
can't be beat.
bet that more leather is consumed by motorcyclists than
almost any other hobby, sport or, uh, other activity.
Let's just say that there's a significant amount of
leather that's used in pursuits other than motorcycle
matter the sport, leather needs protection! The
downside of leather is that it doesn't like water or
liquids spilled on it, and it can easily become stained,
dried out, cracked or attacked by mildew. There
are many leather treatments and conditioners on the
market, and they seem to be divided up into two
There are what I guess
can be called the greasy/waxy protective leather
treatments and there are the synthetic/silicone sprays.
I've never really liked either of them for treating
motorcycle apparel; the greasy/waxy substances are just
that -- they leave a residue that changes the feel of
Some of them are animal based; for
example, you don't even want to know what they have to
do to get mink oil. Surely we motorcyclists are
more civilized than that? Besides, the organic
substances can have their own problems, such as turning
rancid or leaving an odor or discoloration on the
synthetic/silicone products aren't much better, in my
opinion. They smell; it's hard to tell if they do
anything; they can stain; and they sometimes change the
nature of the fabric, giving it a tacky feel.
But if you've invested in a
pair of nice leather gloves, a jacket, pants or other
garment (or even a leather chair, shoes, couch, or other
accoutrement), they should really be protected when new
and then occasionally during their lifetime. So
what to use?
Leatherguard is an interesting product designed to
protect leather material from spills, cracking, mildew
and even ultraviolet damage. Liquiguard
Technologies, Inc., the manufacturer of Leatherguard,
claims that the product is "more than a moisture
repellent" and that it's the "first truly protective
coating that can withstand spills of water, beverages,
wine and other non-corrosive liquids while keeping the
coated objects free from mold, mildew and other fungi".
They also claim that Leatherguard will help protect
against UV damage, humidity, fading and minor scuffing.
This is a pretty big claim, which is impossible for us
to test with any accuracy, but so far we've been very
pleased with the product.
Leatherguard is a clear,
water-based coating that contains no silicone. The
water base helps it to spread very nicely -- a little
bit seems to go a very long way, and you can definitely
tell that it's water based when it's sprayed, because it
coats very differently than solvent-based sprays.
It has a vague smell of something like a varnish, but
the odor quickly disappears and I don't notice any
residual smell. The directions call for
Leatherguard to be sprayed on using a couple of light
A special UV tracer dye is added to the
mixture, and a blacklight will show the treatment and
expose areas that still need a coat. The
manufacturer emphasizes following the instructions when
using the product, but we found it very easy to apply.
It is also available in quarts, gallons and 5-gallon
containers and can be mixed and sprayed or brushed on to
was a little apprehensive about using the product on my
expensive leathers, because the product data sheets call
it a "coating" that has "high flexibility and adhesion
that prevents it from cracking and peeling".
hearing this got me thinking that this was some type of
strange plastic-like coating that might change the
nature of the leather material. But I'm not sure
if that's just the marketing department trying to
distinguish the product from a crowded field or what,
because it seems to go on like a liquid and completely
disappears (as near as I can tell) into the leather.
Leatherguard contains no
solvents that might help it to quickly evaporate on the
leather surface. It's dry to the touch in about
15-20 minutes, and the manufacturer says it can take up
to 72 hours for it to completely cure on the leather.
It's very hard to test
this type of product against its claims, but so far the
Leatherguard seems to work. Not that I've really
spilled any wine on my jacket, but it's nice to know
that my garments are protected.
I like this
product much more than any other leather treatment I've
found, especially the organic greasy/waxy substances,
although I can't vouch for the efficacy of Leatherguard
as an actual waterproofing. If you want something
waterproof, buy synthetic. Leather really isn't
designed to be waterproof, and certainly if the
manufacturer of the garment makes no claims for water
resistance, you're not going to protect it by pressing
mink oil in the seams.
By the way, I don't know
what Leatherguard is made from, but the manufacturer
claims that it's "non-toxic and environmentally safe",
which is different than anything else that I've ever
come across for protecting leather.
The price may seem expensive, but it really isn't when
compared to other high-quality leather treatments, which
can cost much more for the same quantity. A spray
can of Leatherguard goes a long way, and it's worth it
to protect an expensive pair of gloves or a nice leather
jacket that you plan on keeping for a long time.
Product Review: Leatherguard
Protective Leather Coating
Available From: Liquiguard
Technologies, Inc. (Apparently no longer in business as of
Suggested Retail Price: $14.95 + S/H
Made in: U.S.A. Review Date:
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