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Forum topic by USCJeff posted 08-04-2015 09:04 PM 532 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-04-2015 09:04 PM

Anyone want to guess how a once used genuine leather catchers mitt melts in a bucket of wiffle and tennis balls? Bucket is under my lathe table and no where near any machines or anything that generate heat. There are several other gloves a foot away in a different bucket of baseballs. They’re fine. I thought it was pine tar or melted eye black until picking it up. Gooey glove. I’m completely stumped. Again, its real leather and not a perhaps easier to melt Fischer price type glove. Rawlings has been my glove of choice a long time.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#1 posted 08-04-2015 10:23 PM

Maybe it was all the hand funk inside the mitt melting and seeping out. I know ive had some batting gloves back in the day that were certified occupants of funky town.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#2 posted 08-04-2015 11:31 PM

Something like Coca-Cola (anything with phosphoric acid) could have been spilled on it and not noticed until now. Phosphoric acid will easily “digest” leather.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#3 posted 08-05-2015 12:43 AM

My wife noticed it looked like there was a straight line for the damage. Perhaps it was sittng in a harsh liquid and I didn’t notice that when I put it away. It does look like it was submerged. Pretty clear once she pointed it out. No idea what. Chemicals are about 10 feet away.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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