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    New Ojala Project. Finished!!!...almost.

    I'm on the last hole of the rig I ordered straight from Arvo Ojala in 1985. I was around a 30" or 32" but now 36". So using a blemished piece of leather I had I decided to make a replacement belt. The contour of the new belt to be is from an Andy Anderson pattern Jim Martin sent me traced from his. So it will have Ojala type billets but the Anderson contour curve. And only 12 bullet loops on the right side because 12 are easier to stitch than 25 or 30. It's a 3" belt like the Ojala. I hope my sheen is shiny enough to match the holster but doubt it. Anyone here know a really shiny sheen to recommend?


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    Would a good shoe polish work? I don't mean to sound stupid about the subject but I knew police officers and in particular the honor guard that could get a beautiful sheen on shoes and leather. The more they polished the higher the sheen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SnidelyWhiplash View Post
    Would a good shoe polish work? I don't mean to sound stupid about the subject but I knew police officers and in particular the honor guard that could get a beautiful sheen on shoes and leather. The more they polished the higher the sheen.
    Thanks. My wife is looking for some now if we have any.

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    For a sheen, you might consider using clear Minwax. Around here in Texas this product can be bought in Kroger stores in the shoe polish area.

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    To get a protective and shiny finish I used Fiebing's Resolene.
    This is an acrylic finish made specifically for leather that drys to a nice shine. For more shine a second coat works well.

    I applied the Resolene with an airbrush, and force dried it with a hair dryer. Then I let it cure fully over night and applied Johnson's Paste wax as added protection.

    The airbrush insures an even non-streaky coat. Using the recommended wool dauber or even pieces of wool usually give a streaked uneven look.

    Some people thin the Resolene with a little water, but I used it straight out of the bottle.
    Years ago, and probably today some leather workers use Neat-Lac, which is a type of leather lacquer.
    In the early days I used it but it cracks and peels badly when used on holsters and belts, and soon gets a ratty look.
    Resolene doesn't crack and I've never had it peel.

    Here's a holster I made and used Resolene on......

    5BH FBI holster.jpg

    As you can see, even on the thumb break strap where it's wrinkled the Resolene is not cracking or peeling.
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    Moving right along. Lining all stitched. I'll hold off on bullet loops until I deal with the sheen finish as recommended above.




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    Finished except bullet loops. Fits great and very comfortable.



 

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