Anatomy of a Barbour

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Reproof & repairing - from old to new again

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A few things to consider before getting started:

  • Fully read the instructions on the tin
  • Carry out the rewaxing in a safe area and out of reach of children
  • We'd recommend children under the age of 16 don’t carry out the re-waxing process.
  • Step one - Clean your jacket

    Clean the jacket using cold water and a sponge to wipe down the outside of the jacket. Avoid using hot water, any kind of soap and NEVER put the jacket in the washing machine, as this will remove the wax coating permanently and the jacket cannot be rewaxed.

  • Step two - Soften the wax

    Take a tin of Barbour Wax Thornproof dressing. Remove the lid, stand the tin of dressing in a container of water hot enough to soften the wax. It should take approximately 20 minutes to melt the wax into a liquid consistency.

  • Step three - Wax your jacket

    Using an old cloth or sponge, work the melted wax well into the jacket paying particular attention to seams, creases and dry patches. Wipe off any excess wax. You should keep the wax tin in the hot water while working in order to keep the wax softened. If the wax begins to harden top the container with more hot water. Ensure you keep the wax away from the corduroy collar, the inside of the jacket and inside of the pockets.

  • Step four - Blow over the jacket with a hair dryer

    To ensure you get an extra smooth finish blow over with a hair dryer to even the spread of wax.

  • Step five - Re-wax your jacket once a year

    Once you've re-waxed the jacket, hang it up. Allow to dry overnight in a warm place away from other garments. Be aware the jacket may lose excess wax for a short while so take care not to get your newly waxed jacket near leather or upholstery.

    We recommend you have your waxed jacket re-waxed once a year. You can either send it to us to have it re-waxed, or alternatively purchase a tin of Thornproof Wax Dressing and re-wax your jacket yourself. Rewaxing your jacket is very straight forward, simply follow the instructions below. You should only need one tin, two if the garment is in a tired condition.