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How to Rewax your Wax Jacket


A wax cotton jacket will last for many years, but does need some periodic care in order to retain its' waterproof qualities. If you prefer, you can return it to Barbour's excellent customer service department who will rewax it for you and make any minor repairs necessary. They can also make alterations.  It is fairly straightforward to maintain the jacket yourself, and every Barbour wax jacket contains instructions on how to carry this out. We include some instructions below, for your information.

As authorised Barbour retailers, all the wax jackets we supply come complete with a 1 year Barbour guarantee of workmanship and materials. You should complete the registration document that comes with the jacket and return it to Barbour, and retain the other part for your records. It is highly unlikely you will need this though as Barbour jackets are constructed to the highest standards and must pass rigorous quality control checks before being sold.


Before Starting

• Stand the tin of wax in a pot of hot water and allow it to soften to a liquid consistency. The wax will soften from the bottom up and take about 20 minutes

Softening wax in water

• Zip up the jacket to protect the inside and lay it out on a flat surface 

• Tuck in knitted cuffs if they are present, such as on the Bedale

• You may wish to put down newspaper to protect against spills and splashes

• Clean the jacket with cold water and a cloth or sponge. Avoid using warm water or any kind of soap. Machine washing will completely strip the waterproof coating 

• Check the instructions on the tin before proceeding....

Cleaning Jacket

Applying the Wax

• Use a new sponge or soft cloth to apply the wax evenly on the jacket. An old sponge may crumble and leave bits behind

Applying wax with sponge

• Rub in a circular motion to work the wax into the fabric. Pay extra attention to seams, creases and dry areas

Pay attention to seams and creases

• Take care to avoid corduroy collars, the inside of pockets and the lining

• Pay attention to the shoulders and upper arms as these areas will take the worst of the rain

• If your jacket has riding flaps remember to treat these as well as the body of the coat

• It may take the whole tin to rewax one jacket. If the jacket is especially well-worn or large it may require two tins

• When finished, the jacket should be an even colour and gloss all over

• You may wish to dry with a hairdryer to fix the wax; blow evenly over the coat 

• It is recommended to wax once a year, in late summer ready for the autumn and winter. 



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