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PSM
01-18-2013, 10:41
I've had a Crossbreed IWB horsehide natural holster that I've worn off and on for about two years. The week before Thanksgiving I wore it full time for about 3 days on our trip to Texas. On the second day a rash started to develop on my hip. By the third day it had taken the shape of the holster and I still have it two months later. I have not worn the holster since then.

The odd thing is that it is the part of the holster that does not touch my skin because of underwear. The upper, above the belt, part that does touch my skin is not effected. It's not particularly bothersome, just weird.

Any ideas? The only thing I can think of is that it may have reacted to the detergent in the clothing.

Pat

Dusty
01-18-2013, 11:30
I've had a Crossbreed IWB horsehide natural holster that I've worn off and on for about two years. The week before Thanksgiving I wore it full time for about 3 days on our trip to Texas. On the second day a rash started to develop on my hip. By the third day it had taken the shape of the holster and I still have it two months later. I have not worn the holster since then.

The odd thing is that it is the part of the holster that does not touch my skin because of underwear. The upper, above the belt, part that does touch my skin is not effected. It's not particularly bothersome, just weird.

Any ideas? The only thing I can think of is that it may have reacted to the detergent in the clothing.

Pat

What are your panties made out of, Patti? :D
Quit sniveling about a freaking rash.

PSM
01-18-2013, 11:40
What are your panties made out of, Patti? :D

Cotton. And the name's Tippy! :p

Quit sniveling about a freaking rash.

I'd like to wear my holster again. The HK is a bit large to stick in my back pocket. :D

Pat

ZonieDiver
01-18-2013, 11:42
Go commando.

Problem solved.

Oh yeah. The rash is still there. A medic will be by in a minute with some stinky salve that's worse than the rash. :D

alelks
01-18-2013, 11:53
Have you by chance either cleaned the leather or treated it?

PSM
01-18-2013, 11:58
Have you by chance either cleaned the leather or treated it?

No, I haven't.

Pat

Sdiver
01-18-2013, 12:02
How about your nasty, skanky, stinky body?:p
It coiuld be the soap?

alelks
01-18-2013, 12:09
Have you by chance switched laundry detergent or fabric softener?

PSM
01-18-2013, 12:26
Have you by chance switched laundry detergent or fabric softener?

Yes. Detergent. Switched from Smart and Final powder to Kirkland (Costco) eco-friendly liquid.

Pat

alelks
01-18-2013, 12:30
This may be your answer but the only way to conirm is to switch back and see if it goes away.

See we Weapons Sergeants aren't as dumb as most people think.

I know I have a bigger hammer around here somewhere. :)

Dusty
01-18-2013, 12:33
Could be a psychosomatic reaction caused by guilt for carrying a weapon that holds more than 7 rounds. :D

PSM
01-18-2013, 12:43
This may be your answer but the only way to confirm is to switch back and see if it goes away.

See we Weapons Sergeants aren't as dumb as most people think.

I know I have a bigger hammer around here somewhere. :)

Thanks. I'll give it a shot. :D Could be that once the skin was irritated in that one area that it continues to be irritated by the detergent in the clothes.

Could be a psychosomatic reaction caused by guilt for carrying a weapon that holds more than 7 rounds. :D

Barely. It's a USPc .45 8+1.

Pat

Dusty
01-18-2013, 13:02
Thanks. I'll give it a shot. :D Could be that once the skin was irritated in that one area that it continues to be irritated by the detergent in the clothes.



Barely. It's a USPc .45 8+1.

Pat

You got good taste in handguns, so I'm gonna get in touch with my feminine side and try to help you with the rash.

Smear it with Ben Gay. When it stops burning, you'll realize it wasn't anything to snivel about before.

PSM
01-18-2013, 13:10
You got good taste in handguns, so I'm gonna get in touch with my feminine side and try to help you with the rash.

Smear it with Ben Gay. When it stops burning, you'll realize it wasn't anything to snivel about before.

It's not that it itches or anything, it's that it has put a crimp in my porn star ambitions. :D

Tippy Laredo

Dusty
01-18-2013, 13:18
It's not that it itches or anything, it's that it has put a crimp in my porn star ambitions. :D

Tippy Laredo

Just make a baking soda poultice.

Flagg
01-18-2013, 13:30
Have you by chance either cleaned the leather or treated it?

I've got a couple guys who are going to be wearing IWB holsters all day every day moving forward.

Is there any recommended or suggested cleaner/treatment for the leather?

Cheers.

PSM
01-18-2013, 13:58
Just make a baking soda poultice.

RGR, thanks. I figured my employment woes would soften ya up. ;)

Pat

DIYPatriot
01-18-2013, 14:01
Is there any recommended or suggested cleaner/treatment for the leather?


I wear mine daily and have done so in mixed climates. I've used Fiebing's 4-way (http://www.google.com/search?q=brownell's+fiebings+care4&oq=brownell's+fiebings+care4&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8#hl=en&tbm=shop&sclient=psy-ab&q=fiebings+care4&oq=fiebings+care4&gs_l=serp.3...5284.5446.1.5673.2.2.0.0.0.0.60.114. 2.2.0...0.0...1c.1.vDhfIX_7EIo&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&bvm=bv.41248874,d.b2I&fp=c7e682ab8bcf7c59&biw=1258&bih=688) for quite a while on my IWB holsters and have had great results.

alelks
01-18-2013, 14:03
I've got a couple guys who are going to be wearing IWB holsters all day every day moving forward.

Is there any recommended or suggested cleaner/treatment for the leather?

Cheers.

The back can be brushed with a stiff bristle nylon brush or something of that nature but if you go putting saddle soap or anything else on the back, it'll get slick and waxy and in my opinion feel nasty against your skin.

Dusty
01-18-2013, 14:09
RGR, thanks. I figured my employment woes would soften ya up. ;)

Pat

lol That reminds me of a guy's back I saw after a ruck run in pre-phase. He was stripping to take a shower, and I saw that he literally had two trenches dug into his back from his ruck.

I said, "Dude! Why don't you pad your ruck frame or something?"

He said, "It keeps my mind off this." He pulled up his pants leg and his ankle was swollen to about 3 times normal size." :cool:

Oldrotorhead
01-18-2013, 16:32
It's not that it itches or anything, it's that it has put a crimp in my porn star ambitions. :D

Tippy Laredo

Either that or you are a little short.......................................on experience.:D


I bet if you change detergent you will not get another rash. Arm and Hammer without perfume might be an option.

Flagg
01-18-2013, 17:02
Cheers for the replies fellas!

Retiredfire
01-21-2013, 20:37
Must be alergic guns.

SF18C
01-21-2013, 20:51
I've got a couple guys who are going to be wearing IWB holsters all day every day moving forward.

Is there any recommended or suggested cleaner/treatment for the leather?

Cheers.


I like these
http://www.whitehatholsters.com/MaxTuck-IWB-Holster-Cowhide-or-Horsehide-s/1829.htm

as for care...

http://www.defensivecarry.com/forum/defensive-carry-holsters-carry-options/141377-how-assist-iwb-horsehide-holster-help-conform-your-body.html#post2261338

This is Tony with White Hat Holsters. I am sure Sam will be responding to your email today but I wanted to chime in here as well. for the initial break in period, we recommend that you do nothing for the first 2 weeks and allow the leather to naturally break in. Within a few days you will see it start to conform to your body and become more comfortable. The heat from your body will break it down and soften it up a bit. After that, I do recommend saddle soap as suggested here for a minor conditioning initially and then Mink oil or Neatsfoot oil. Here is a video link that will show you how to do this with our cleaning and conditioning kit but you can find this stuff at just about any leather store as well.
CLEANING AND CONDITIONING VIDEO

http://youtu.be/EwJ_URFUoKE

For the creaking, that should clear up in the next couple weeks as well. If it is still noticeable, a little saddle soap on the leather behind the clips will help.

Finally, I saw someone else suggest bending the flanges to help it conform to your curves better. We see this mostly with thin folks that wear right on the hip at 3:00 or 9:00 for lefties. What you will want to do, is place your gun in the holster (VERY IMPORTANT) and lay a moist paper towel or dish towel over the kydex leaving the sight rail and flange exposed. Heat it slowly with a hairdryer or heat gun (only on the slide side of the kydex) for about 10 seconds, then try to bend it down slowly. IF YOU NOTICE IT BECOMING SHINY OR SMOOTH... STOP. It is going to melt at that point. If it is too stiff, heat again for 10 seconds, and try bending it a little further...repeat as necessary. Take it slowly and please put the towel or paper towel over the top so as not to distort the mold at all. If you care to send it to me I would be happy to do it for you.

If I can help in any other way please let me know. Have a great day and thanks for your support!

PSM
01-26-2013, 19:03
Just make a baking soda poultice.

Seems, to have worked, mi amigo! There were areas where it didn't stick well and they are still irritated, but the poultice area is pretty much clear.

Thanks!

Pat

Dusty
01-26-2013, 19:11
Seems, to have worked, mi amigo! There were areas where it didn't stick well and they are still irritated, but the poultice area is pretty much clear.

Thanks!

Pat

Glad it helps.

It was that or panty hose. :D

PSM
01-26-2013, 20:42
Glad it helps.

It was that or panty hose. :D

Panty hose? Now you tell me. I used surgical tape and gauze. Namath kept suggesting that, but I didn't listen. (I thought he was a little tipsy. ;))

Pat

Boomer-61
02-08-2013, 10:19
PSM,
The tanning elements in holster leather can be a skin irritant. If you wore the holser in Tx, and conditions were hot or if you just sweat for what ever reason, the sweat can soak through clothing, onto the holster and reactivate those tanning elements. The clothing is a two way street. Maybe the rash was a reaction from the tanning elements. Just a thought for future use.

PSM
02-08-2013, 11:44
PSM,
The tanning elements in holster leather can be a skin irritant. If you wore the holser in Tx, and conditions were hot or if you just sweat for what ever reason, the sweat can soak through clothing, onto the holster and reactivate those tanning elements. The clothing is a two way street. Maybe the rash was a reaction from the tanning elements. Just a thought for future use.

Thanks! I'll keep that in mind.

Pat