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  1. #1
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    Default DIY Leather Chafe patches - leather type & thickness?

    Hi,

    I need to make some leather chafe patches. Seems I can get leather off ebay quite cheap.

    Should I get any particular sort?

    Also what thickness? 1mm or 2mm? I assume thicker is probably not do-able.

    ta.

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    Default Re: DIY Leather Chafe patches - leather type & thickness?

    Where is it to be used? I use 2 - 2 1/2mm on my spinnaker pole. I use much thinner stuff as a liner in the little deck chocks in which the pole sits. Off cuts cheap on eBay. Soak it to stretch it. Quite satisfying to work with

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    Default Re: DIY Leather Chafe patches - leather type & thickness?

    Quote Originally Posted by gdallas View Post
    Where is it to be used? I use 2 - 2 1/2mm on my spinnaker pole. I use much thinner stuff as a liner in the little deck chocks in which the pole sits. Off cuts cheap on eBay. Soak it to stretch it. Quite satisfying to work with
    Thanks Gdallas

    Bit of sail, or on ropework where it might rub on sharp edges.

    Would you go for thinner here or stay with 2.5mm?

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    Default Re: DIY Leather Chafe patches - leather type & thickness?

    Go to a charity shop and buy a handbag or jacket.
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    Default Re: DIY Leather Chafe patches - leather type & thickness?

    Much modern clothing and handbag leather is poor quality stuff with lots of surface treatment to make it shiny. An old school satchel might do for some jobs though .
    Either chrome tanned or vegetable tanned cowhide Is good and it can go up to 5mm thick easily. Most leathering I've seen on sails has been white chrome tanned about 2mm thick, also could be sheep hide by the softness, I can't tell by sight anymore as it has been a few decades since I had anything to do with the saddlery trade.
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    Default Re: DIY Leather Chafe patches - leather type & thickness?

    Quote Originally Posted by LadyInBed View Post
    Go to a charity shop and buy a handbag or jacket.


    I have a number of little jobs to do and that is what I am intending to do. If it's rubbish I will report back

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    Default Re: DIY Leather Chafe patches - leather type & thickness?

    Should you have a 'popped' inflatable fender, that material makes excellent sewn chafe guards, turned inside out to expose the cleaner side.

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