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    Anyone re-oil an oilskin duster?

    I have an oilskin duster that's lost its oil! Has anyone been successful in re-oiling an oilskin? What product did you use? TIA.
    My hopeful road to the 2021 RRP TB Makeover: https://paradoxfarm.blog/

    #2
    I did a long time ago. I had a Barbour jacket and rewaxed or oiled it. Got the stuff from Barbour or outback trading company. I think I heated it up and brushed it on.

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      #3
      There's also a spray you can use. Can't recall the name though.

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        #4
        I did one too. Same as gottagrey. Heated the wax and I think I used a rag, or maybe a paintbrush. It wasn't hard but it takes a bit of time. One side, then the other.

        Here you go: https://www.barbour.com/us/wax-hub-classic-6oz-wax-care

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          #5
          I also re-oiled my Outback Trading Co. stuff religiously years ago. I used their brand wax.

          It’s been awhile because I decided life is too short for high maintenance clothes. But I used to put my coats, etc. in the dryer first to warm them up and used a blow dryer while applying. It wasn’t too hard, but certainly more of a pain than investing in newer waterproof fabrics.
          Don't fall for a girl who fell for a horse just to be number two in her world... ~EFO

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            #6
            If your coat is a Barbour, they will also do it for you. Used to be a reasonable price and I would rather pay and let them do it.

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              #7
              I just redid my Barbour. While it wasn't as romantic as their english countryside video with the large fireplace, and a tea pot I will say I improvised pretty well and it was relatively easy. Because I don't have a large english fireplace, I chose my work station to be over my dishwasher. I ran some dishes and used the residual heat on the counter to keep the jacket warm. I have an electric tea kettle and used it to heat the water and left the pot of wax in it until the wax was completely clear. I actually left the kettle on the whole time because the wax starts getting translucent and hardening really quickly. I used a cheap sponge and worked that in. Took an old clean rag and wiped the excess off as I went. Then came back with a hair dryer and heated it up and removed even more excess wax that way. About an hours worth of work.

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                #8
                Originally posted by ndirish07 View Post
                I just redid my Barbour. While it wasn't as romantic as their english countryside video with the large fireplace, and a tea pot I will say I improvised pretty well and it was relatively easy. Because I don't have a large english fireplace, I chose my work station to be over my dishwasher. I ran some dishes and used the residual heat on the counter to keep the jacket warm. I have an electric tea kettle and used it to heat the water and left the pot of wax in it until the wax was completely clear. I actually left the kettle on the whole time because the wax starts getting translucent and hardening really quickly. I used a cheap sponge and worked that in. Took an old clean rag and wiped the excess off as I went. Then came back with a hair dryer and heated it up and removed even more excess wax that way. About an hours worth of work.
                Jeez that sounds like far too much work, even if you have a nice fireplace. I'm too lazy but you have motivated me to contact Barbour and see about sending mine back for re-waterproofing or whatever its called. Its looking kind of grungy.

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                  Originally posted by BAC View Post

                  Jeez that sounds like far too much work, even if you have a nice fireplace. I'm too lazy but you have motivated me to contact Barbour and see about sending mine back for re-waterproofing or whatever its called. Its looking kind of grungy.
                  It really wasn't that bad, but I'll admit I contemplated sending it off. My jacket isn't that old but it was nearly not waterproof at all so I had to work in more wax. You can drop it off at Orvis too and they'll send it to Barbour; it's $75 I think or that's what I read online I believe. I just wasn't sure what the turn around time was for it and figured I could at least control that by DIY, and I just wanted to see how bad it was.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by ndirish07 View Post

                    It really wasn't that bad, but I'll admit I contemplated sending it off. My jacket isn't that old but it was nearly not waterproof at all so I had to work in more wax. You can drop it off at Orvis too and they'll send it to Barbour; it's $75 I think or that's what I read online I believe. I just wasn't sure what the turn around time was for it and figured I could at least control that by DIY, and I just wanted to see how bad it was.
                    Thanks for the reminder, I had forgotten that I can drop it off at Orvis. Just to get it re-waxed is $50 it says, but then $20 for shipping. Maybe I can avoid the shipping charge by dropping it off and then having it sent back to Orvis, I will have to check.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Spudsmyguy View Post
                      There's also a spray you can use. Can't recall the name though.
                      Local cobblers usually sell various types of waterproofing sprays.

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                        #12
                        https://www.homedepot.com/p/Rust-Ole...s&locale=en-US

                        I used this product on one of my oil skin coats that was a thrift store find. I liked how it worked and I'm hoping it's something that won't need redoing as regularly as the wax.

                        I have redone my Barbour, but I don't think I did as good of a job as having sent it to Barbour. The Barbour is a short coat. I have 3 long oil skin coats (all thrift store finds). 1 I haven't redone, 1 I redid with wax (it takes a lot and is a long process compared to the short coat.) and the 3rd one I used the Never Wet product. I like the feel and ease of redoing with the Never Wet.

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                          Thanks, all! I was away for the weekend, so didn't get the thank you all earlier. I'll research each of these. My long duster (not sure what brand...I will check!) is sitting in a closet. I haven't used it in a while since it needs to be reoiled. Sounds like a good fall project. Or at least winter. I want the whole fireplace ambiance!
                          My hopeful road to the 2021 RRP TB Makeover: https://paradoxfarm.blog/

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                            #14
                            If you live near a Boot Barn, they carry the wax as well.
                            A proud friend of bar.ka.

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                              #15
                              I have. A few times, we’ll not a duster but my old Bedale and a Border and a Filson. Got out the wax, the blow dryer. I’ve finally realized that those oilskins are either too hot or too cold and I get soaked. Switched to an Outback raincoat. Love it. It’s big enough to fit over a hunt coat and the hood fits over my helmet (had to add paracord so I can tie the hood easily). Keeps me dry! But. You can do it. It’s a hassle, rub on the wax, heat with blow dryer. Repeat. Rub. Repeat. Good luck

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