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Hydrophane Darkening Oil

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A unique dual-action formula that first penetrates new leather and progressively darkens light colored leather, and, secondly, the unique oil formulation helps protect new leather and ensure that mud and sweat can be removed with cold water. 16.9 oz 

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    Hydrophane Darkening Oil is rated 4.3333 out of 5 by 24.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Product I bought this recently to darken up my new bridle from SmartPak, as another reviewer who bought the bridle recommended this darkening oil. It worked great. The bridle took the oil easily, and with a few coats the bridle darkened right up. It is easy to use. I recommend it!
    Date published: 2015-04-16
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Didn't work as well as I expected I'm giving the Hydrophane Darkening Oil a "Fair" rating after buying it to use on my Jerry's Harness bridle. The bridle has a redish hue and was a lighter shade of brown then my buffalo-leather dressage saddle. I applied a coat a day over the course of a week, but kept an flash and spare crown piece made from the same leather separate because 1- they're spare parts, and 2- I wanted to be able to compare the before & after... There were no changes seen. I assumed maybe the leather- though used and cared for regularly for a few months, may have had some finish that didn't allow the oil to really soak in. A little disappointing, but no big deal- what judge will really notice that the brown bridle on my horse's head is a slightly different shade then the brown buffalo leather of the saddle ;)Recently, though, I tried coating the oil on a medium-oil western saddle and didn't see a difference either. The saddle is significantly lighter then the Jerry's bridle, and has much more porous leather. What was changed by the oil though, was a LIGHT-oil headstall. After the first coat the headstall & reins darkened to a much richer shade, and by a third coat they matched the medium-oil saddle perfectly. That would be great, except I don't know anyone who buys all their tack in light-oil with the expectation of it becoming medium oil at it's darkest.Not sure why my results differ so much from those who did find it to be an effective product. Disappointed, but I guess one of the "charms" of having brown tack is that it does not all weather & wear the same way!
    Date published: 2014-09-25
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works Great I get confused when people aren't happy with this stuff. It's been around forever and is definitely the easiest to use darkening oil I've ever worked with. You don't have to be super careful about even application - which I appreciate, and it does darken most leather really nicely. Typically for strap goods (like a bridle) I put it in a plastic bag, add about 1/2c oil and let it sit overnight. This seems to get a really even coat and good effect without too much work. I recently bought a new CWD bridle and wanted to get it from the redish color they all come with to a dark chocolate like the rest of my tack. 3 repetitions of the plastic bag trick and it looks great.Only caveat is that I don't think this oil really conditions your leather, if anything it leaves it feeling a bit dry, so I always treat my stuff with a separate conditioner after. For darkening though, this is great
    Date published: 2014-05-05
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really nice I bought this to try to darken up my horses new bridle as it was too light for my horse. It worked well. I had reapply it a bunch to get it to really darken up the leather to where I wanted it but it really did work. It also made the leather very soft which was nice as well! I definitely recommend it to anyone looking to darken up something leather, just keep in mind it might take a couple applications if you really want to darken something up more than just a tiny bit
    Date published: 2014-04-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Darkening Control This product works very well and as it is supposed to. I have a new Stübben Edelweiss saddle that in the color Tobacco, which started out as a very light red-brown. I applied the Hydrophane Darkening Oil with a sponge in a generous coat all over the saddle and let it sit in the tack room with the cover on for 5 days. When I took the cover off, the saddle was noticeably darker, but I will want a few more coats until it gets to a nice, dark shade. That said, this oil makes itself useful because it allows you some control of how dark you get your tack instead of drastically changing the color, which would not be useful if you only wanted to darken your tack slightly to match other tack. I used non-darkening conditioner twice a few weeks before using the darkening oil, which made the color very even. A little goes a long way - I only used one coat and got an effect!
    Date published: 2014-02-23
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Didn't work for me. I had an oakbark girth (new) that I wanted to de-orange a bit, in hopes of making a batter match for my darker saddle. The product was easy to apply, but even after 6-7 coats I saw little darkening action. Such a shame you have to purchase such a large quantity only to find out it won't do the job. Maybe it works better on certain kinds of leather? If so, I didn't have that "certain kind."
    Date published: 2013-09-23
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Subjective Leather Darkening Oil I have an M. Tououlse saddle that I just wanted to darken the seat on, I applied about 3 coats, and it is maybe a shade darker, but not very noticeable. This is one of those products you have to apply again and again and have patience.
    Date published: 2013-08-20
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from I have put several coats on the saddle I was trying to darken, and still have not seen much of a difference. It darkened the knee rolls a little bit, but overall, I'm not very impressed and won't be buying this again.
    Date published: 2013-07-27
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