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I've got an older pair of lands end bib ski pants.. love them & hate to give them up.. they're loosing their water repellency.. I was going to use 3M Scotchguard after I wash them.. anyone have suggestions on something better?.. i've seen ads for a new rustoleum waterproofer, but i wasn't sure about using it on clothing.. i also thought about tent waterproofers, but i also wasn't sure if it was good for clothing.. any advice or experiences are appreciated.. 

post #2 of 8
I haven't used it myself, but I hear good things about Nikwax tech wash.
http://www.nikwax-usa.com/en-gb/products/productdetail.php?productid=4
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Is the stuff you want.    Washes in so no unsprayed spots, no rubbing off at the surface, no cracking off at low temps, no overspray vapours.  

post #4 of 8
Nothing lasts long. I've washed "waterproof breathables" with NikWax religiously. Helps, but not like the original finish. The Scotchguard also works for a short exposure to wet, but only briefly.
post #5 of 8
Either Nikwax TX Direct spray (wash-in can clog the breathability qualities) or, better yet, this in the spray:
http://www.goldeagle.com/product/303-fabric-guard

Washing first is critical.
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Is the stuff you want.    Washes in so no unsprayed spots, no rubbing off at the surface, no cracking off at low temps, no overspray vapours.  

 

I've had better luck with the spray on stuff. I recently retreated my Arcteryx shell with the wash-in stuff and then skied in the rain a few days later.  There were definitely some missed spots that got wet pretty quick. While nothing lasts as long as the original DWR coating I think I'm going back to sprays once this bottle is gone.

post #7 of 8
I use Gear Aid (Amazon). Pro cleaner first. Then I spray on the DWR treatment and throw it in the drier. It has worked well for me. I've applied it twice. Once in the middle of the season when my stuff got real dirty. And a week ago when I put everything away for the season.
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Nothing lasts long. I've washed "waterproof breathables" with NikWax religiously. Helps, but not like the original finish. The Scotchguard also works for a short exposure to wet, but only briefly.

 

Agreed.  I've tried a bunch... wash-in, spray on, various brands (nikwax, grangers, revivex, toko).  IMO, none of them last nearly as long as the factory applied DWR coatings.  They're better than nothing, but plan on reapplying often, especially on pants (the DWR on my jackets seems to hold up better).

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