chaz - you are tempting me to "finish the job", so to speak, on my purple Bayswater - though the powers to be at Mulberry suggested that I stop once I mentioned that the texture of the leather changed (and yes, I did buff mine afterwards, but not as quickly as you did). as mentioned before, there is such a benefit to waterproofing ones bag knowing that it willstand the sudden downpour or sprinkle of rain......but - if the weather is iffy where I live - I would just choose another bag for the day. Hmmmm. what to do? I'll "mull" over it (HAHAHHAHHAHA).