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How to re-wax your suit

You can wax just about any cotton or cotton-blend fabric, but remember that whatever you wax won't be very breathable when you're done. Also waxed clothes typically get a bit darker and sometimes have the appearance as if they are wet, without being so, obviously. That's great for outerwear, backpacks, or anything similar, but not so much for things you'll want to wash often. 

 Instruction

Step # 1. Clean the surface

Apply wax only to a clean surface. It must be hand-washed or cleaned with a sponge. You can find out how to wash exactly your thing from the inner label with the rules of care, but if suddenly there is indicated only "dry cleaning" - that’s okay. Clean the surface with a sponge and slightly warm water. After washing or wiping off dirt, dry your clothes completely. Even slightly damp clothes will interfere with the normal absorption of wax.

 Step # 2. Apply SOLID wax 

Our pursuit shop offers two types of wax for fabric. Solid Wax in a Bar “Siberian Wax” (100 g) is for predominantly synthetic fibre (50% or more in the composition). It is suitable for Fjallraven G-1000 fabric. 

Using an old cloth or sponge, apply wax to the fabric against the nap (if any) in long strokes. Apply a thin coat over the entire surface. Pay particular attention to seams, creases and the areas around the buttons. At this stage it is not necessary to achieve perfect coverage. After the heating you will see areas where an additional layer of wax is needed.

Step # 2. Apply SOFT wax

Ultrasoft Wax In A Jar “Siberian Wax” (250 g) is for cotton fabric. It is a beautiful product which melts and spreads easily. Its formula prevents creases and leaves the fabric as soft as it was before waxing. This ultrasoft wax is fully compatible with waxed clothing from Barbour and Belstaff brands.

Put the jar in a pot of hot water (the water almost reach the lid) and heat it until the wax melts. Be careful with the jar, it will be very hot!

Gently apply the melted wax with a clean sponge to the surface. Slightly dip the sponge into the wax, picking up a small amount, and spread it evenly over the surface of the fabric. Don't use too much wax, you need a thin, even coat.

Step # 3. Heat

Slowly warm up the surface. For this you can use any hair dryer, an iron at a minimum temperature or heat from a burner/fire. The wax melts at a temperature of 55-60 ° C. You will see the wax absorbing into the fabric. Remember not to heat too closely, as it may heat up the wax too much, causing it to run. Heat until all the wax absorbs or use a rag to wipe away the excess.

Step # 4. Repeat and dry

After the fabric has been waxed and cooled, examine to see if you missed any areas and if a second waxing is required. Pay attention to the seams, hood, shoulders, pocket flaps and all critical places. Then hang the jacket and allow it to air dry overnight. 

One final wipe down the next day with a clean cloth should remove any wax excess that might stain other clothing.

Step # 5. Further care

Remember that any heat exposure reaching 50-60 ° C will lead to wax melting.  Therefore, the thing cannot be washed in hot water. It’s better to hand wash it in warm water with a sponge. 

Later on the fabric there may appear areas where an excessive amount of wax has come to the surface, as a rule, this occurs at the folds. Such places should be reheated to absorb the wax. But if this situation repeats, then the wax excess should be removed by heating the surface and blotting it with a dry paper towel (you can put towels and iron the fabric). Repeat several times changing the towel, it will absorb wax.


Waxing, like any other coating, wears out and becomes unusable over time. It is very difficult, and sometimes impossible, to declare the exact lifespan of a coating without knowing the specifics of wearing waxed clothing. On the average, an item in active use, such as a waxed jacket, holds sufficient coverage to provide complete protection from wind and water during the wearing season. We recommend re-wax your gear once a year. 


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