Darkened Saddle Brown Apple iPhone 7 Case

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  1. ASUgrad1999 macrumors regular

    ASUgrad1999

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    I really wanted a brown leather case for my new gold iPhone 7 but I wanted a darker brown color than the Saddle Brown. I figured it would darken with use so I got it anyway but I decided to try coconut oil as I had seen some You Tube videos of people darkening leather with it. I gave it a shot and I'm really happy with the result. It's not greasy and there is no odor at all. It's at least a couple shades darker. Sorry, I didn't take a before picture.
     

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  2. Relentless Power macrumors Core

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    Interesting way of darkening the leather. It looks good.
     
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    Mine got there by usage. Looking forward to your pics in a year from now! or even 6 months. I love weathered leather cases
     
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    Good point. I'll try and remember to follow up in 6 months or so with a pic.
     
  5. iPhisch macrumors 6502

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    I used my daughters Burt's Bees natural baby ointment and got the same result. Made the leather feel softer and less slippery. Also works well to rub out any scratches from finger nails or drops.
     
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    Was in the Apple Store yesterday and took a comparison shot with the one on display.
     

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  7. jshtroutman macrumors regular

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    Wow that does look good. Is that naturally darkend over time or did you do that coffee grind trick?
     
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  9. jlczl macrumors 6502

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    He's the OP. He said he used coconut oil. I did the same to my midnight blue case and I'm really digging how dark it got.
     
  10. Appleloves22 macrumors 6502

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    Can you post a pic?
     
  11. jlczl macrumors 6502

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  12. borgsauce macrumors regular

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    Just got the Saddle brown for the iPhone 7 and noticed it has these diagonal stripped (light/dark)patterns fresh out the box. Now I've done a first coating of coconut oil on it but I have a question. Does the coconut oil help keep the color even after several applications?
     
  13. jlczl macrumors 6502

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    The coconut oil won't do anything for the marks that are on it right out of the box. They are deep in the grain of the leather but in my opinion they are part of the character of leather cases.
     
  14. Will22 macrumors 65816

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    Coconut oil won't remove the the lines, I wish mine had more lines. Mine before and after.

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  15. borgsauce macrumors regular

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    I don't have a before photo but this is after 3 applications of Coconut oil over a period of 2days. You can see those lines really well, I can't say I'm not beginning to admire it.
     
  16. LunarFalcon macrumors member

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    I was curious, since it looks like your iPhone is gold, does your case stain the white antenna lines? I have a midnight blue case on my gold iPhone, and even without adding any oil or anything, the blue stains the white lines on the phone.
     
  17. Appleloves22 macrumors 6502

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    Has my saddle brown for a little over a month. It's starting to look "dingy" on the sides. Anyone else?
     
  18. Dave Meadows macrumors 68030

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    I have both the black and saddle brown cases. The saddle brown smells like leather whereas the black doesn't smell of anything at all? Is there anything that'll bring out the leather smell without damaging the leather?
     
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    Can you post pics?
     
  21. Appleloves22 macrumors 6502

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    I can't really get a good pic of the sides, but here you go.
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    My red has stayed almost like New and my midnight has become so dark, it's close to black.
     

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  22. ASUgrad1999 thread starter macrumors regular

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    No, I don't see any staining at all.
     

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