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Discussion: Glove Off Season Care

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Jan. 20, 2013
crusher
Men's 70
388 posts
Glove Off Season Care
Time to treat gloves for upcoming season (where it is still cooler).

Get a big jar of Vaseline Petroleum Jelly. Rub it all over outside
of glove, then rub all inside of glove, fingers and thumb inside.
The Vaseline will go right into the leather and WILL NOT BE SLICK....

Keeps gloves soft inside helping your fingers not get crushed on a hot liner or thrown ball.

Note: Will not make gloves slick, they will resist sweat and protect the leather. Gloves will last a lot longer.

C
Jan. 20, 2013
?
82 posts
No Can Do!

No off season where I live!



Jan. 20, 2013
Snot Nose Kid
39 posts

OFF SEASON?

Jan. 21, 2013
Wayne 37
198 posts
Use Lexol, it soaks into the leather, vaseline doesn't.
Jan. 21, 2013
crusher
Men's 70
388 posts
Wayne 37 - Next time you should get a real Leather glove. Vaseline goes rightinto my Leather Rawlings Glove.

After treating glove put a ball in Pocket and wrap up with a towel, the pocket will be perfect.

You do this in the off season, not when you are on the playing field.

C
Jan. 21, 2013
mad dog
Men's 60
3930 posts
crusher does the vaseline add weight...that is something about using oils of any sort that bugs me,i use a lanolin foam.......
Jan. 21, 2013
crusher
Men's 70
388 posts
Bob, never thaught about that, I rub the V in then rub a paper towel over glove to get excess off. OH, also I will use a hair dryer to sorta melt the V, forgot that in earlier post.

I would guess some weight is added. My glove is 14 or so years old and still in good shape, the ball seems to stick to the glove on near misses. I play outfield so sometimes that is very important on a last lunge catch.

C
Jan. 21, 2013
BudLeftField
56 posts
I use ArmorAll leather care gel. Its not sticky or greasy. It cleans,conditions, and also protects from UV rays.You can get it at most any auto parts store. I also use a leather Rawlings glove.
Jan. 22, 2013
HJ
Men's 70
437 posts
Can't believe vasoline doesn't add significant weight. I use Nokona glove jel. Does everything discussed above but doesn't add weight and actually cleans glove if wiped with paper towel.
Added weight is biggest problem for most glove treatments. If not an issue almost anything greasy will work.
Jan. 22, 2013
#6
Men's 60
1183 posts
I still use shaving cream and it has always worked for me.Alot of the major league players use it......
Jan. 24, 2013
E4/E6
Men's 60
850 posts
Here in California we usually put a ball in the pocket and toss the glove back in the bag until the next weeks game(s). However this weeks games look in jeopardy with this rain. =(
Jan. 24, 2013
Corky
Men's 55
446 posts
If you want something that works well and serves multiple purposes try Albolene...any drug store has it..Works great on gloves......takes off make-up and Dr.s recommend it for lubrication.....you'll have to decide what you will use it for :} (Haven't tried it to take off my make-up yet.
Jan. 24, 2013
Wayne 37
198 posts
crusher,

I have a Rawlings Gold Glove Heart O' The Hide. About the best leather you can get. Good leather gets dry. It's a conditioner, not a cleaner. A lanolin shaving cream, and a damp rag is good for cleaning..............Yes the Vaseline will make your glove at least seem heavier. I think most people get this idea from the product Nokona sells, Some use saddle soap, but I think it can make some gloves too soft, and cause the leather itself to tear if not applied correctly. I've had my glove for appx. the same time. It looks great except where I got sweat on the outside of it having to hold it between my arm, and my side on occasion.

I think I might be fixing to order a custom glove (bull hide) from Mexico. A Rolin or Birazza. They're the same thing. You can get what you want for less than a custom made glove from the USA.

I wish I could in touch with that guy that makes maple wood baseball bats (Rock Bats). He used to get gloves made in Mexico from goat skin that would last beyond belief. I finally bought some other batting gloves, because the dye from the leather was finally starting to wear off on my wrist real bad. Those gloves almost can't be torn up.

YMMV (your milage may vary)
Jan. 25, 2013
E4/E6
Men's 60
850 posts
Mink Oil works very well and doesnt add the Vaseline affect of weight.
Jan. 26, 2013
Wayne 37
198 posts
I guess crusher is related to Gaylord Perry.
Jan. 26, 2013
titanhd
Men's 50
328 posts
I agree E4/E6Mink oil is the ticket.I buy the paste not the liquid though.Wipe on as you would paste car wax and rub off excess.Cleans,Conditions and waterproofs.I never put anything liquid on my gloves.That includes glove oil.Makes them heavy
Jan. 26, 2013
Webbie25
Men's 60
1967 posts
I put a ball in mine and tie it shut and leave it in a dark corner. I know it is a bit of an extreme punishment, but it is the only way I have learned to teach the glove that when the ball goes in it, it is supposed to stay there until I pull it out with the other hand. Now, if I could only teach the other hand what to do...
Jan. 26, 2013
E4/E6
Men's 60
850 posts
Mark, put the other hand in the dark corner with the glove. That should teach it a lesson or two. =)
Jan. 26, 2013
HJ
Men's 70
437 posts
Wayne 37, don't understand your post. What do you
put on your glove?
Jan. 27, 2013
Wayne 37
198 posts
HJ,

It is Lexol.

http://www.lexol.com/Product_leather_conditioner.aspx
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