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OK, I'm on a casing binge before bird seasons start. Just spent quite a bit of time cleaning mud spots off the outside of a nice canvas/leather case and thought there must be a better way. Does anyone here have experience using aerosol Scotchguard or anything like it on the exterior of canvas cases? I'm thinking I can mask off the brass bits, spray the case lightly and then just wipe off the leather parts. Anybody see a downside to this?

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Scotchguard can stain (change the color) of some materials so you may want to try a small less obvious spot first. I am not so sure the scotchguard will keep the dirt off but it may make it easier to clean next time.

As a side note don't you think a little dirt adds character.

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It will repel moisture, which probably is a good thing. But I'd sure test it. I don' tthink it will change color, but it might keep the color from aging. No big deal.

Do they still make Scotchgard?

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I would recommend a product called Camp Dry. It is a silicone based product and works well on both the canvas and the leather. It will make the leather a little darker in color. Use outside and let dry. A couple of coats.
You can buy it at Walmart for about $5.00 and I use it on all leather products. It will extend the life of the leather.

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don't you think a little dirt adds character.


Agreed, but one of the problems I'm having with cases from multiple makers is that when I do have to wipe off the outside of the case with a damp rag, even plain water pulls some of the color out of the canvas (color comes off on the rag). This leaves the canvas color a bit blotchy and I figure the protectant will minimize the amount of wiping/rubbing I need to do. I have two cases I'm willing to experiment with.

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Yep. Spray cans at the hardware store. I'm also looking at some of the automotive fabric protectors. If whatever I use does change the color, that's OK as long as the change is uniform.

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I just Googled Camp Dry and I recognize the can. Thanks for the suggestion.

Didn't start out looking for waterproofing, but research is kind of leading me in that direction. I already have some NikWax in a pump sprayer that I use on my old duck parka. I think one of the advantages of something like NikWax would be breatheability once it's on the case. I have no idea how much these cases can breathe, but I don't think I want them to hold moisture inside.

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I've used Campdry on my old hunting coat for years; couple treatments per season. Works great


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Has anyone used Nikwax? Works great on shoes of any construction and I'm beginning to look for other applications.

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Nikwax has a bunch of different products, including one for shoes that supposedly works on both leather and fabrics, and I think it's breatheable. I'll probably call them later today and see what they think of my idea. Their customer service people have been helpful in the past.

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