How To: Re-Wax Oil Finish Cotton
Oil finish cotton has many benefits; it's water repellent, wind resistant, abrasion resistant, adds durability for extreme use, and extends comfort and wear-ability-- especially useful for outdoor outerwear and outdoor bags. We've found that like a good pair of Red Wing boots does for your feet, a waxed jacket will form to your body, eventually becoming the most comfortable coat in your closet. Use oil finish products while roughing the outdoors, hunting, fishing, working, and more.
But... in order to uphold the effectiveness of your oil finish products, a little maintenance is required. This can include a simple touch-up, or a complete re-wax. Here's how:
1) Plan to re-wax when temperatures are moderate to warm. This ensures that the materiel is at a naturally warm temperature, while the wax is pliable and easy to apply.
2) Clean the product thoroughly. With a clean cloth, wipe away all dirt and debris, using clean water only. Do not use soaps or detergents.
3) Apply wax using hand or cloth. Apply generous amounts of wax using a circular motion. Make sure you work it into the material, forcing the wax into the fabric. Give added treatment to those areas requiring extra protection: seams, joints and creases, and areas showing greater wear and tear.
4) Gently warm the applied wax, allowing it to further seep into the material. Either hang the freshly refinished product in direct sunlight for a couple of hours, or use a hair dryer to soften the wax. This allows the wax to further penetrate the material. Doing so will also result in a more even finish.
5) Store in a warm place and let dry for 24 hours. Do not store near an open flame.
To ensure you get the most out of each re-waxing, refrain from storing in damp locations. Re-wax as needed.
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