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I've been riding in my Merlin Rowan waxed cotton jacket since about May last year and it's worn and weathered in lovely over those last 7k miles.

It would be wise to wash it and rewax it again now that winter has passed. Thing is though I don't really want to wax it again and have even looking at alternatives.
I see nikawax do some kind of waxed cotton waterproofing product.

Does anybody have any experience of using this?
How is it done?
Does it leave a waxy type finish or does it 'soak in' to the jacket?

My assumption would be that I would give the jacket a reasonably hot machine wash or two to remove he remaining residual wax.
Dry the jacket and then spray on the nikawax product.
 

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Is nikawax not a wash in product. If its like the textile approach then use Nikwash to get it clean then do another wash cycle with the Nikawax.
 

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Hi Airsafari87. I recently rewaxed my Drizzabone. It is a cotton outdoor jacket and a bit of an Aussie icon.

Like you I looked at the easier options - spray on and wash in waterproofing. However, in the end I went for the full wax option. Harder to do but better results.

Sounds like you have done it before so I should have asked you for advice on how to do it. In the end I followed this guys video and his trick of using a hair dryer is absolute genius. I think I ditched the paint brush fairly quickly and just used a rag to smear it in. But the wife's hair dryer copped a flogging and overheated twice. First time I thought I broke it and the thought of having to tell the wife when she got home I destroyed her good hair dryer made my life flash before my eyes. :biggrin:

Good luck.
 

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Hi Airsafari87. I recently rewaxed my Drizzabone. It is a cotton outdoor jacket and a bit of an Aussie icon.

Like you I looked at the easier options - spray on and wash in waterproofing. However, in the end I went for the full wax option. Harder to do but better results.

Sounds like you have done it before so I should have asked you for advice on how to do it. In the end I followed this guys video and his trick of using a hair dryer is absolute genius. I think I ditched the paint brush fairly quickly and just used a rag to smear it in. But the wife's hair dryer copped a flogging and overheated twice. First time I thought I broke it and the thought of having to tell the wife when she got home I destroyed her good hair dryer made my life flash before my eyes. :biggrin:

Good luck.
I've been doing a bit more research on the nikwax products and it looks like their Tech Wash and Cotton Proof products are the ones I'm going to try out.

The process seems fairly simple, and to be honest if it doesn't work I'll just revert back to traditional wax and be done with it, but from what I have seen and read this does look like the solution I'm looking for.

Wash the jacket a couple of times in the Tech Wash to get rid of the residual wax.
Spray a liberal coat of the Cotton Proof on to the jacket and buff it in with a damp rag.
Leave for approx 24 hours for it to 'cure'
Then the jobs a good un!

I'm proper sh*t at taking photos of stuff, but I will try and update this thread with a bit of a 'How to' when I do it. It may be of use to others with similar type jackets.
 

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Hi Airsafari87. I recently rewaxed my Drizzabone. It is a cotton outdoor jacket and a bit of an Aussie icon.

Like you I looked at the easier options - spray on and wash in waterproofing. However, in the end I went for the full wax option. Harder to do but better results.

Sounds like you have done it before so I should have asked you for advice on how to do it. In the end I followed this guys video and his trick of using a hair dryer is absolute genius. I think I ditched the paint brush fairly quickly and just used a rag to smear it in. But the wife's hair dryer copped a flogging and overheated twice. First time I thought I broke it and the thought of having to tell the wife when she got home I destroyed her good hair dryer made my life flash before my eyes. :biggrin:

Good luck.
I'm thinking about buying a Driza-Bone Brumby oilskin cotton jacket from their website. Since they're in Australia and I'm in the US, I can only go by the pics and description. Any comments or opinions from all you folks in Australia would be be appreciated!
 

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Try the Scotchguard 3M waterproofer, available on amazon, think there's a video on YouTube, as for jackets, a bit pricey but I have a Belstaff Mohave waxed jacket, a great piece of kit, I wear it all your round for biking to work and back, had it rewaxed by Belstaf after 6 years, Cost just over a hundred pound but came back like new.
 

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....... Any comments or opinions from all you folks in Australia would be be appreciated!
Sorry for the tardy reply. I notice you bought one and like it. I would have recommended one as they are great quality as well as stylish. Not sure about their usefulness for motorbike riding as I have never tried it. I imagine the cotton and wax would get ripped apart from an off, particularly on the road. Maybe they need a new line that has kevlar mesh and pockets for armour.
 

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I can't speak for the Driza jackets, but I have seen a Merlin one the same as the one I have after it had been slid down the road in, and it held up very well indeed.

Before I'd seen that I was also skeptical about how well they would hold up to an accident, but I have every confidence in it now. Sure it does not compare with leather, but it's not as bad as you would imagine cotton to be.
 

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Interesting for sure. I would have thought it would be not much better then traditional denim. Possibly it could be viable for the company to make some adjustments and seek an official crash rating. Kent is right about the style of the jackets and bike being suitable.
 
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