How to Re-wax Your Jacket

Classic 6oz wax

Waxed cotton is extremely durable, and available in a number of weights including 6oz and 8oz. Our oldest and traditional wax cotton is called sylkoil, and can be adopted for all weathers. Learn how to care for this type of wax by following our guide below.


Barbour Wax | Pan/Bowl | Hot water | Sponge/Rag

Step 1 | Clean your jacket...

Clean the jacket using cold water and a sponge to wipe down the outside of the jacket. Avoid using hot water, or 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 re-waxed.

Step 2 | Soften the wax...

Take a tin of Barbour Wax Thornproof Dressing. Remove the lid, and 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 3 | Wax your jacket...

Using an old cloth, rag, 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 4 | Dry your jacket...

Once you've re-waxed the jacket, hang it up. Allow the jacket 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.

Step 5 | Re-wax your jacket once a year...

We recommend you re-wax your jacket once a year (depending on how often you wear it) so that it will last for many adventures to come.

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