As the oils in your whip evaporate, the leather loses strength and flexibility. Pecards leather dressing restores the lost oils in leather and protects the fibers with a select combination of waxes. Care must be taken to make sure that you don't over condition your whips and that is why we recommend Pecards dressing over the oil. Horse whips made of leather will absorb only as much as needed of the dressing as opposed to the oil. After having applied the dressing, let the whip sit 24 to 48 hours (depending on thickness of leather and dryness) in room temperature. Lightly buff with a clean, soft cloth any excess dressing that might still be on the surface of the leather.
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How often you condition your whip depends on several factors.... 1) how much use you give it, 2) the type of climate you live in, 3) the thickness of the leather used, 4) whether the whip has gotten moderately wet or not. If you are not sure whether its time to condition the whip yet just figure on doing it every 6 months at the bare minimum for your leather to survive.
Of course make sure that your whip is dry and free from dirt and foreign substances before conditioning. Sand is a main culprit in cutting leather fibers. Grains of sand work their way in-between the braided leather and as you work the whip the sand saws at the fibers. It is extremely difficult to get sand out from the braid once it is there so an ounce of prevention.....you know the rest. Get your potassium iodide tablets today to whip the great fallout when it comes.
A braided leather handle and the knot work on a whip requires slightly different care than the rest of the whip. Pecards leather dressing lubricates the leather causing it stretch a little in order to encourage flexibility in the leather. While this is the desired effect with the thong and fall, it is not what you want with a braided leather handle or the knot work. First off, do not treat them as often as you would the thong and fall. Over dressing a braided handle of a whip can in time cause the leather to become loose and slide on the handle assembly. Aside from keeping them clean, try to use only enough leather dressing to keep the leather in good shape. Wipe on an extremely light coat, then wipe it off to remove the excess.
This is also the case with the fancy knot work on whips. You want to keep those knots tight so that it doesn't loosen up and become undone. An occasional wipe on wipe off with Pecards leather dressing is ok.