Caring for your Wax Cotton Jacket

Caring for your Wax Cotton Jacket

March 11, 2014 48 By nikwax

Wax cotton has a reputation as an old school waterproofing technology.

However, with the recent resurgence in “heritage” design, wax cotton is making quite the comeback.

This renaissance is amplifying the popularity of wax cotton jackets and bags from brands such as Filson, Orvis, and Barbour.

Like any waterproof technology, it is a good idea to take proper care of your wax cotton gear. With that in mind, we present the following photo essay on how to re-waterproof your wax cotton jacket using Nikwax Wax Cotton Proof.


Dirty Wax Cotton Jacket


This Orvis Wax Cotton jacket was filthy! As you can see, it wasn’t repelling water as well as it should.


Clean Wax Cotton Jacket


The first step is to wash the jacket in Nikwax Tech Wash. This jacket was so dirty that it took multiple cycles to get it clean! While it’s still wet, lay it out on a protected surface.


Waterproofing a Wax Cotton Jacket


Start spraying Nikwax Wax Cotton proof on the jacket. The waterproofing will be opaque and white, but don’t worry, it will dry clear!


Waterproofing a wax cotton jacket


Keep spraying the jacket. Ensure maximum coverage, especially seams and hard wear areas.


rub in the wax cotton waterproofing


Once covered, rub the Wax Cotton Proof into the jacket. Make sure to remove all excess waterproofing!


waterproof the back of the wax cotton jacket


Flip the jacket over and waterproof the back.


Ensure even wax cotton proof coverage


Buff the entire jacket, making sure to get even coverage and to remove any excess.


Waterproofed wax cotton jacket


Let jacket hang dry. It may take a day or two to dry completely. Voila! Clean and Waterproof.




Another Satisfied Customer!