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JJW 10-24-2006 08:27 AM

Fabric, waterproofing
General clothing products to restore water repellency.

Jackets, poncho etc... I have been using "Camp Dry" aerosol spray, seems to work okay.

In the past I used 3M Scotchguard aerosol spray, terrible fumes but it worked quite well.
The "new" safer 3M Scotchguard aerosol spray is useless, it does not seem to work well at all.

Anyone using the McNETT or NIKWAX fabric products?

I have used "SeamSeal" urethane tent recoat for the floor of an old eureka timberline and it worked quite well.
On the tent fly I use the "Camp Dry" with good success.


oldsmores 10-24-2006 03:49 PM


Originally Posted by JJW (Post 55028)
...Anyone using the McNETT or NIKWAX fabric products?...

I've used the Nikwax liquid that you put in the washing machine to restore the DWR on a goretex shell. Works pretty well...

lumberzac 10-24-2006 04:05 PM


Originally Posted by oldsmores (Post 55070)
I've used the Nikwax liquid that you put in the washing machine to restore the DWR on a goretex shell. Works pretty well...

I've also used the Nikwax liquid, it worked pretty well on my non-goretex windbreaker. Word to the wise, if you do the hand wash application, the directions says to wear rubber gloves, be sure to follow that direction. The stuff pulls off arm hair pretty well. ;)

NicksMaint 10-25-2006 10:54 AM

Nikwax products
I have used several of the Nikwax products for awhile now and been very happy with the results. We wash our rain gear and my wifes gore-tex jacket once a year in the stuff and they seem to be holding up pretty well. I also washed an old 12x12 dining fly this past summer in the stuff (was going to chuck it because it was leaking). I just used it in September and it rained off/on all weekend and it did not leak at all.

sherpaehb 12-04-2006 04:48 PM

Nikwax better than McNett
I have found that Nikwax's products work better than McNetts Revivex products. All of Nikwax's can be applied and allowed to air dry. Most of McNett's products require the item to be heat dried to activate. This can be a problem with some items that shouldn't be dried with heat. ie: GoreTex, sleeping bags, tents and such.

Rookie 01-18-2007 09:35 AM

I'd like to recommend nikwax. It was in a liquid form with an applicator attached to the top of the bottle.
I put a couple layers on my hiking boots and it kept me dry all day in coarse wet snow and puddles.

Eagle36Jake 07-30-2007 12:05 PM

I've got an old carhartt barn jacket with three coats of camp dry silicone spray on it. It could have survived Katrina and Rita if I needed to wear it then. I've used it successfully on my wife's suede boots, an old canvas rainfly, some funky WWII issue army surplus insulated cotton pants, just to name a few.

Oh, for boots -if you're not too worried about breathability...beeswax it the king. Heat boots in the oven with laces removed, rub beeswax on everywhere, it absorbs into warm leather, water beads up like nobody's business.

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