i used some mink oil on my wested, it did darken it up a bit. the stripes however didnt change, there are some worn spots on them where the top layer has rubbed off and it is more of the color i want. so any of you know what effect it will have if i take that first layer off? obviously it will make them softer and flimsier, but will it make them alot weaker and prone to damage? kinda like suede? thanks mike i will post a few pics soon.