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Old 02-11-2012, 06:20 AM   #1
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Belstaff Trialsmaster Jacket

A real nice neighbor of mine gave me his vintage waxed Belstaff Trialsmaster jacket with the label still attached from 1979. Its like new except is has a strong mildew smell, anyone know how I can get rid of the mildew smell?

The Belstaff rep I spoke with at the NY motorcycle show said it should not be washed since it is a heavily waxed canvas like material, I didn't find any help on their web site or with emails to the factory.


I've gotten a lot of great advise in the trials forum (send it to Brewtus' free jacket cleaning service etc.) and it was suggested to post here as well. I've been hanging it in the intense sunlight that radiates through a glass door as much as possible and it is helping.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=756000

Any help is appreciated.

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Old 02-11-2012, 06:28 AM   #2
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I've found leaving clothing items hanging outside for a day or two helps, sans rain of course.

Nice find.
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Old 02-11-2012, 06:56 AM   #3
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The smell is part of the charm!
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Old 02-11-2012, 08:14 AM   #4
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The smell is part of the charm!


Belstaff have gone to the dogs since the Italians bought the company. Barbour are the real deal for waxed clothing.

Have a look at The Barbour website for caring for Waxed cotton http://www.barbour.com/customer-services


They have a question and answer section.

Q. My wax jacket is dirty how can I clean it?

A. The only way you can clean your waxed cotton garment is to sponge it down with clean cold water - including the inner lining.
Do not use soaps or detergents, wash in a washing machine or dry clean as this would permanently damage the garment and any re-application of the wax coating will be totally absorbed by the cotton fabric and will soil the inner lining. This in turn, will soil any clothing worn underneath the jacket.
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Old 02-11-2012, 08:52 AM   #5
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I've found leaving clothing items hanging outside for a day or two helps, sans rain of course.

Nice find.
Yepper. Try putting it on and doing a couple thousand miles.

I was given a Barbour International by a guy when i was visiting in England. Same deal- it had never been worn, he'd bought it new, it didn't fit him, and he stuck it in his garage, where it sat for a couple years, getting musty. August of 08 was when he gave it to me. I never made any effort, other than just to wear it- to clean it or remove the smell...

it STILL smells a just a little musty but I simply don't care- something about that smell, maybe, that ignites some deep inner.... something. I likes it.
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Old 02-11-2012, 02:24 PM   #6
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Thanks all for the replies. I do agree that the smell is part of it's character and I don't want to ruin it's personality, it probably is an improvement over my own persoal atmosphere at times too.

I think it'll be a street riding jacket at times also, I'll have yet another reason to ride and that should help with sun exposure.

Thanks Rob for the Barbour link, I'd not heard of that company before.

Hopefully maximum sunlight exposure will be all I need to just knock it down a bit then enjoy it from then on.

Thanks,

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Old 02-11-2012, 02:43 PM   #7
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Just keep patience, hang the jacket it up sowhere were it is not disturbing to any one and wait. As more ventilation you have as faster the odor will vanish. I once pulled out my old rain suit from the basement and the rubber smelled like hell, washing did not help and it is plastic! So I let it hang in a well ventilated storage room, after two month the oder was gone.
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Old 02-11-2012, 02:48 PM   #8
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I've had belstaff stuff forever, they always seem to have a bit of a scent. sometimes mine will get some mildew, I'll hose it down outside, hang in the sun, and spray some lysol around it to help kill the odor. if you rewax, use the right stuff, not shoe stuff.
like said before, wear to a bar and get beer spilled on it!
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Old 02-11-2012, 03:58 PM   #9
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Thanks Rob for the Barbour link, I'd not heard of that company before.


Now you don't think Steve mcQueen wore Belstaff do you?

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Old 02-11-2012, 05:01 PM   #10
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I had a mouldy waxed cotton jacket. It was really covered in mould and I was going to throw it out, but my wife said it would be a waste . She sprayed it with white vinegar, wiped it down and left it on the line in the sun for a few days,then a couple of days inside out hanging out and it's good.

We do live in a place with pretty ferocious sun which must have killed off the mould.
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Old 02-11-2012, 05:33 PM   #11
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A friend gave me a moldie, good condition Trailmaster that he once used to wear 20 years previous. I took the whole thing and soaked it in a bathtub with Woolite soap for delicates. It came out great and the wax was still present. I'm pretty sure you can re-treat these garments to restore the original water proof features.
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Old 02-11-2012, 10:41 PM   #12
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Powdered and lightly seasoned!!
Just go home and hose it off.
It will never look new again, but who cares
Learn to love the smell of wax when riding.

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Old 02-11-2012, 11:01 PM   #13
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What size is it?

If it's an XL, I think your screwed and should just toss it into a box and send it to me. Don't waste your time trying to make it smell nice. More important things for you to do. Trust me.
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Old 02-11-2012, 11:27 PM   #14
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If it's an XL, I think your screwed and should just toss it into a box and send it to me. Don't waste your time trying to make it smell nice. More important things for you to do. Trust me.
I have a brand new never worn XL Trialmaster stashed in the closet....
Sorta Kinda my IRA since I have nothing else of value!!!
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Old 02-12-2012, 01:51 AM   #15
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I still have my old Trailmaster from the 70's ... doesn't fit anymore (something has changed since then), just can't get rid of it. The smell brings back to many good memories.
I agree with others, just put it on and ride a few weeks, you wont notice the smell after a while!

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