How to Repair a G1 Flight Jacket

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How to Repair a G1 Flight Jacket
Repair a G1 flight jacket. (jacket image by dinostock from

G1 flight jackets are among the most stylish kinds of leather jackets you can find. A timeless piece of fashion, the G1 has been worn by World War II fighter aces, motorcycle tough guys and modern hipsters. A genuine G1 flight jacket is made of tough, thick leather that will develop a rich patina over the years, adding to its character. If you find that your old G1 has been torn or that the leather has been damaged in some other way, you can take steps to repair the jacket before it gets any worse.

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Things you need

  • Saddle soap
  • Cloth
  • Thread and needle
  • Leather repair kit
  • Hair dryer

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    Rub saddle soap into the jacket with a cloth to restore dried-out leather. Begin at one end of the jacket and rub it into every corner of the leather in slow circular strokes. Leave the soap to be absorbed by the leather for one hour. Buff the surface clean with a cloth.

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    Repair any loose seams around the jacket with a needle and thread. Carefully and slowly rethread the loose seams. Leather is very hard to sew through, so you will have to carefully find the old needle holes to rethread the seams.

  3. 3

    Use a leather repair kit to repair any tear in the leather. Glue the cloth part of the leather repair kit inside the coat and under the tear. Hold the leather together and push the leather filler agent on top of the tear with the textured paper from the repair kit. Heat the drying agent by holding a hair dryer over the textured paper until it dries.

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