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Old 04-11-2011   #1
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DWR restore suggestions

I need to restore the dwr finish on my dry jacket and was wondering what people on the buzz recommend? Is the nikwax spray on dwr restore the way to go or is there better products out there?

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Old 04-11-2011   #2
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I've tried the nikwax - doesn't do crap.

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Iron it. I shit you not.
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Old 04-11-2011   #4
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Don't forget to wash it with a recommended detergent (Nikwax makes one) before treating. Rinse twice. Dirt and detergent residue can be part of the issue.

I just did a couple pairs of ski pants and they seem to be doing well.

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Old 04-11-2011   #5
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Thanks Dan. That looks to be good info. It's funny, I will be ironing a suit that I paddle in and I have never ironed a suit to work in. Priorities!
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Old 04-11-2011   #6
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Drytop restoration

1)Lube the gaskets liberally w/ 303.

2)Wash w/ powder detergent or speciatly waterproof-breathable compatible soap. Don't use regular liquid detergent. It doesn't fully rinse.

3) Iron on med/low heat, or liberally lube the gaskets again & run through the dryer on LOW heat.

4) If 1-3 don't work on their own. Re-wash & use TX Direct, Revivex, or other WPB restorative treatement. If you don't get it clean before treating, the treatment won't work well.
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Old 04-13-2011   #7
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Granger's is a good alternative to Nikwax. Never used it myself but have heard a lot of good reports. I have used Nikwax successfully on my rain shells.

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