Disclaimer: I am not recommending that anyone do this because I would not want to feel responsible if something went wrong. Having said that............ Yesterday I gave my ink first a luxurious massage with Apple leather conditioner. I let it dry for about an hour, buffed it with a towel, and applied two light coats of Apple Garde' Rain and Stain repellant. It looks fantastic! It is less shiny and more soft and smushy. I did this to my 05 caramel box a couple of weeks ago and it had the same effect, smushy and gorgeous. I would post pics but it is midnight right now and I need to take pics in the daylight. I am going to carry my ink first another week and then take a pic to post in the "Before and After..." thread. If anyone else has the balls to try what I did, just be careful not to concentrate too much of any product onto one spot. Other than that, it's pretty easy. I went for it, and I am so glad I did. Not to mention the protection my bag now has from stains and water.