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#46144 - 08/08/05 11:47 PM Re-waxing a Filson...just need a little push...
brandtb Offline

Registered: 11/26/04
Posts: 317
Loc: S.E. Pennsylvania
I've had a Filson Foul-Weather Coat (oil-finish 6 oz. cover cloth) for about three years. At the end of last winter, I noticed it didn't seem to have the water-repellency it used to.

I have never re-waxed it. The thing cost a small fortune, and I'm just a bit leery about starting to smear wax over it. You know...if it ain't broke...

I called Filson's 800 number, and the young lady I spoke to seemed to be severely uninterested in my problem (which, I must say, is not the norm on the other occasions I've had to call Filson).

Does anyone have any suggestions on how to proceed?
Brian Brandt

#46145 - 08/09/05 12:04 AM Re: Re-waxing a Filson...just need a little push...
Schwert Offline
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Registered: 03/13/02
Posts: 905
Loc: Seattle, Washington
This is totally fun and messy at the same time.

You will need at least one large can of wax and maybe even part of a second can.

Lay out some newspapers and lay the coat flat on the floor. Smear some wax on your hands and then start crudely laying the wax down on the coat. Pay special attention to the top of the shoullders and the arms, seams and pockets.

Lay out wax until the coat seems to have wax stripes on the whole surface. You need not get every square inch covered but you want a generous supply of wax over as much of the coat as you can.

Then snap/zip/button it up and turn it inside out completely. Put it in the dryer on a warm setting for about 10 minutes. This is the secret...this distrubutes the wax even though you did not get it on perfectly uniform.

Pull it out of the dryer and open it up and inspect it for any dry spots. Hit those spots again and repeat the dry for a couple of minutes.

Applying the wax in the hot sun also works but I much prefer the dryer method.

I wax my coats yearly but after 3 years yours will be very dry so make sure you have enough wax before you start. The light 6oz may not need a full can but my tin and shelter coats take more than a tin if they are dry.

Good luck, and never never tell your significant other what you were doing to the dryer <img src="/images/graemlins/shocked.gif" alt="" />

Actually the wax tends to stay inside my coats when I abuse the dryer like this....but waterproof towels are an interesting thing too.

This is my shelter cloth Packer that I generously waxed just before my trip to SE Alaska this spring. If you have a double layer like this coat make sure you hit the inside layer too.

Edited by Schwert (08/09/05 12:06 AM)

#46146 - 08/09/05 12:21 AM Re: Re-waxing a Filson...just need a little push..
brandtb Offline

Registered: 11/26/04
Posts: 317
Loc: S.E. Pennsylvania
O.K. Sounds like a hoot!
Brian Brandt

#46147 - 01/21/07 01:52 PM Re: Re-waxing a Filson...just need a little push..
DaveT Offline

Registered: 08/15/03
Posts: 208
Loc: NE Ohio
Speaking of waxing a Filson:
Mine is in need of a reapplication. I used one whole tin to get coverage on the shoulder and sleeves, with some missed patches. I have one more tin of their wax, but I am in possession, somehow, of two big jars of the LL Bean wax for their Maine Hunting shoes. Would anyone know if these two waxes are similar enough to use the LL Bean wax on the Filson coat?


#46148 - 01/22/07 10:11 AM Re: Re-waxing a Filson...just need a little push...
simplesimon Offline

Registered: 09/28/05
Posts: 133
How do you find the waxed garments for breathability?
Simple Simon


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