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SoftShell Proof™ Spray-On

The easy to use, safe, high performance spray on waterproofing for softshell clothing.

Adds Durable Water Repellency, revives breathability and maintains internal wicking properties.

Why breathability depends upon water repellency …

Breathable softshell garments are most likely to get sweaty and wet inside when used in damp or wet conditions. If the outer fabric absorbs water, the garment can lose up to 70% of its breathability. Therefore, the Durable Water Repellency (DWR) on the outer fabric of your softshell jacket must be maintained to ensure comfort. It will eventually wear off and need to be renewed with Nikwax SoftShell Proof™.

Softshells provide versatility…

Softshell fabrics combine desirable properties of hardshells and fleeces to improve user comfort while providing protection in most conditions.

Softshells are breathable and stretchy while also being highly water and wind repellent. They fit the shape of the wearer, allow the movement of moisture away from the body and at the same time they shed water and protect against wind chill. Softshells provide a versatile outer layer that can cope with most conditions.

To maintain their water repellency and breathability it is essential that the Durable Water Repellent (DWR) coating is maintained. Nikwax SoftShell Proof™ has been specifically formulated to maintain optimum performance of softshell fabrics.

Softshell clothing is for active, outdoor people …

Anyone who is active outside in damp or wet conditions will benefit from softshell clothing. Whether you’re a mountaineer, cyclist, dog walker, or you work outside as a farmer or surveyor, softshell garment will provide comfort and protection.

Use Nikwax SoftShell Proof™ when your softshell garment soaks up water …

Your softshell garment could be soaking up water just because it is dirty. First, try cleaning it with Nikwax Tech Wash®, and if it is fairly new, or recently re-waterproofed, the Durable Water Repellency (DWR) will be revitalized just from cleaning. But, once the garment has been thoroughly worn, you will need to add DWR, using Nikwax SoftShell Proof™, after cleaning first with Nikwax Tech Wash®.

Softshell garments need Nikwax SoftShell Proof™ to maintain performance …

Alternative waterproofing products are often solvent-based aerosols; alternatively, they may be water-based and use fluorocarbons. Aerosol products are flammable. Fluorocarbons pose a potential risk to the environment and to the long-term health of the consumer.

Nikwax SoftShell Proof™ Spray-On is a safe product to use on softshell items with wicking linings, or those that can’t be machine washed. It is WaterBased, non-flammable, contains no harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and is fluorocarbon free. Nikwax SoftShell Proof™ Spray-On can be applied to the outer face fabric of softshell clothing, providing Durable Water Repellency (DWR) without compromising internal wicking properties.

Nikwax SoftShell Proof™ has been specifically designed and optimized for softshell clothing, providing Durable Water Repellency (DWR) while maintaining breathability. Nikwax SoftShell Proof™ requires no heat to develop its DWR, so it is not necessary to use a tumble drier for best results.

If your softshell doesn’t have a wicking lining, use Nikwax SoftShell Proof™ Wash-In…

Using the right waterproofing product is important. Nikwax SoftShell Proof™ Spray-On is fantastic for softshell items with wicking linings, as it provides Durable Water Repellency (DWR) without impairing wicking properties. However, if wicking linings aren’t present, using Nikwax SoftShell Proof™ Wash-In ensures you won’t miss any areas (complete DWR coverage!) and it’s easy to apply in a washing machine.

How Nikwax SoftShell Proof™ Spray-On protects …

Nikwax SoftShell Proof™ Spray-On is easy and quick to apply, and its highly Durable Water Repellency (DWR) develops on air drying. The need for tumble drying is removed, this saves energy and protects more vulnerable, older, garments from heat.

Nikwax SoftShell Proof™ Spray-On has been specifically designed and optimized for softshell garments; it leaves a flexible water repellent treatment on individual fibers allowing moisture vapor to pass through, maintaining breathability.

The spray-on application allows for direct treatment of areas which require it most (e.g. elbows and seams on jackets) and will not compromise the properties of internal wicking liners.

Like all Nikwax products, Nikwax SoftShell Proof™ is safe to use …

Nikwax takes great care to minimize the effect of Nikwax products on the environment and on you, the consumer. Nikwax waterproofing products are WaterBased, non-aerosol, non-flammable, non-hazardous and environmentally friendly. They contain no harmful solvents or volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and are completely free of fluorocarbons (which have been shown to be persistent in the environment and have been associated with serious health issues).

People who use Nikwax SoftShell Proof™ say that it does the job…

Nikwax SoftShell Proof™ is the product of choice of professional Outdoor trainers.

To find out more about people who are using Nikwax SoftShell Proof™, and other Nikwax products, take a look at our testimonials page.

Apply Nikwax SoftShell Proof™ Spray-On by hand …

For best results remove all non-washable parts and always clean item(s) first with Nikwax Tech Wash®. No need to dry item(s) before waterproofing.

  • Protect working surface and lay clean wet fastened garment flat.
  • Hold bottle 15 cm/6 inches away from garment.
  • Apply evenly to outside of fabric.
  • Wait for 2 minutes. Remove any surplus product with a damp cloth.
  • Check carefully to ensure no areas have been missed.

After several minutes check for and remove any surplus product with a damp cloth.

Nikwax SoftShell Proof™ treated clothing needs no heat to develop Durable Water Repellency (DWR) …

Air dry or tumble dry on a low setting if care label allows.

Nikwax SoftShell Proof™ Spray-On volume guide…

Allow approximately 5fl oz / 150ml of product per garment. The coverage is approximate and depends on the condition of the fabric being treated.

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