Monday, August 24, 2015

Waxing the Barbours

How often should one reproof their Barbour waxed items?  The conventional wisdom is every year.  Surprisingly, a new Barbour may sometimes need it after just a few months.

Many people prefer to send their jackets back to the Barbour repair facility in Milford, New Hampshire where they can get a professional job at a very reasonable price.

And others do it themselves, although that precludes the added benefit of their heated tables that also gets out any ground in dirt.  (However, as it is not uncommon to wait until the last minute, the Barbour facility always gets inundated this time of year.)

The process is fairly forgiving.

Without regular reproofing they obviously are not as waterproof, but also can take on an old military fatigue jacket look, especially in the Sage.  The Navy, however,  can still look good for dry weather wear.

Many prefer the bare-handed approach and take care not to get the wax too hot.  Use a new sponge; old sponges tend to crumble a bit and leave behind little pieces.  Place the can of wax in a pan of just boiled water and wait a few minutes for it to soften, which it does from the bottom up.

Go heavy on the seams and then wipe them again after letting them hang for a couple of days.  Take a hairdryer to the jacket after waxing to even out the wax, working in the wax with one hand while holding the dryer with the other, and paying special attention to the seams 

Any bits of wax that get on the corduroy collars are easily wiped off.
Wax over any tears or worn out spots.

Bedale in Sage - One of the Neediest

With the Bedales  tuck in the knit cuffs....

... and zip them up before starting.

The Giant Bellows Pockets of the Border Jacket

This is how it looks when one should have waited a little longer for the wax to melt.  Now it just has to be worked in more.  This is where the hair dryer can be most useful.

They will be a bit tacky (as in sticky) but not for long.

A (1984) Gamefair that had gone a handful of years without reproofing  - Before (on left) and After (on right)