Nixwax on non waterproof jacket

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Wistrick, Dec 5, 2012.

  1. Wistrick

    Wistrick Been here awhile

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    What effect would using Nikwax Spray On Direct or Wash in have on a jacket that does have a waterproof outer shell...
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  2. Snarky

    Snarky Vodka Infused.

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    Does or does not have a waterproof shell?

    What's Nixwax? Do you mean Nikwax? Nikwax is a brand. They have about 30 different products. I imagine one of them might waterproof a non-waterproof item. Techwash probably wouldn't do much.

    But SoftShell Proof would probably add a level of water repellency to a textile jacket, while one of their water proofing waxes would work for leather I'm sure.

    Here's their product list if you were talking about Nikwax

    http://www.nikwax-usa.com/en-us/productselector/productselectorV2.php

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    Here's the product I think might most be effective for what you want to do based on the limited info.
    http://www.nikwax-usa.com/en-us/products/productdetail.php?productid=569&itemid=-1&fabricid=-1
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  3. Wistrick

    Wistrick Been here awhile

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    this is the one I had in mind, I use it on my Darien Pants http://www.nikwax-usa.com/en-us/products/productdetail.php?productid=267&itemid=-1&fabricid=-1

    thanks

    Dan
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  4. DaveStockwell

    DaveStockwell Rock Fodder

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    It would create a highly water Resistant garment but it would not make it truly waterproof. When I was working at REI a lot of the snowboarders would use the Nikwax wash-in on their snowboarding pants to improve their ability to shed snow and water. They didn't like the truly waterproof garments because they didn't breath well enough. It worked great for them.

    Can't hurt anything. Just follow the directions closely and don't wash your towels in the next load or you'll get water resistant towels...(don't ask how I know this)
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  5. henrymartin

    henrymartin Mr. Tourguide

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    I never used Nikwax, but I have had a really good luck with the blue Kiwi spray stuff. The green (silicone) does not breathe. The blue (polymer of sorts) breathes and sheds water. I spray my jacket and pants once a year before the season starts, and have never had water come through, even at 80pmh and pouring rain. I usually do two coats, an hour apart.
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  6. AMSBIKER

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    I used nikwax on a joe rocket survivor one piece textile suit a few yers ago. Befoer I put it on the suit leaked like a sieve.
    I hung the suit up and used a full 1 litre bottle on the suit. Spray on, let it dry, spray on let it dry etc. now it never leaks.
    Two years later I have never resealed it and it still lets no rain in whatsoever. I used the spray on for textiles one. Bloody brilliant as far as I am concerned.

    AB
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