Q: My letterman jacket from high school has developed oily, sticky, and really nasty stains on the sleeves. It is blue wool with gold sleeves. I have my 25th reunion coming up and can't take it with me in it's current condition. Can you fix the sleeves?
A: We see quite a few of the football jackets with sticky sleeves. It can happen due to a number of reasons. Vinyl is a petroleum based material. When it gets to a certain age, it can begin to break down. We clean these jackets using our leather cleaning method. Cleaning will correct a great number of the problems, but adding a special sealer will finish the job.
Right now, we are working on 2 football jackets from 1986 and another from 1991. All three have the sticky sleeves. That gives an approximate age of when the break down occurs.