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Additives for Increasing Clothing Water-Repellency

Discussion in 'EDC Clothing' started by SOS24, Jan 8, 2018.

  1. SOS24

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    I know different products exist that you can spray-on, soak in, rub on clothes to try making them more water-repellant, but I am not real informed about them.

    Does anyone have any experience with these products and know which ones work and don’t work?

    I am really looking for using it with some fleece socks that are worn with sandals during wet conditions.

    The only products I have any experience with are sno-seal and kiwi camp dry spray-on. The sno-seal works great on boots, but because of it being a thick paste I think it would be difficult to apply on clothing. The Camp Dry is better than nothing but not great, which may have to do with being a spray-on.
     
  2. Tallboyjim

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    Nikwax is pretty much the go-to brand for keeping waterproof stuff waterproof after/during washing in the UK. They do a few different products depending on the application.

    But have you thought of sealskin socks instead?
     
  3. lnytunes

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    I've used Otter Wax. I used a method where you rubbed it on the clothing and then with a hot gun melted the paste into the fibers. I've also seen people who pre-melt the wax and brush it on.
     
  4. Kris

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    Sounds like Sealskinz socks are exactly what you need
     
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    I tried the Camp Dry on a jacket once. Followed the instructions to the letter, used up the whole spray can. After wearing the jacket for a few weeks, it was like I hadn't done anything to it at all (not at all waterproof).

    I had no idea Nikwax made so many products. Last year I bought a pair of mittens with a leather outer shell. They came with 2 packets of Nikwax Waterproofing Wax for Leather. Followed the instructions: "Put on mittens. Squeeze out packets of wax onto mittens. Rub hands together to distribute the wax." Turned out kinda' blotchy. I should try heating them up with a hair dryer and see if I couldn't get a more even coverage.
     
  6. SOS24

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    Unfortunately, Sealskinz nor any of the other waterproof sock manufacturers make split toe (tabi) socks, which is what I would need. I thought of trying a pair of neoprene split toe surf socks but many of them have rubberized soles.

    I didn’t either. I had only seen a couple of different ones. They list one specifically for fleece that I may try.
     
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    It sounds like you are in cold wet conditions, based on the fleece socks. Why would you wear sandals as opposed to enclosed truly waterproof footwear?
     
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    Franciscan monk?

    (just kidding, they don't wear socks even in winter)

    (Things I Did Not Know: You can get your very own Franciscan Monk Action Figure!)

     
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    I just bought a bottle of the product made by 303 for fabrics that don’t start out water-resistant. It seems to get somewhat better reviews than some others, and it isn’t known for leaving residue.

    I haven’t tried it yet because I don’t yet have the jacket on which I intend to apply the product. I’ll try to report here after I try the product.
     
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    After 20+yrs in the Navy wearing steel toed boots sometimes all the time, I have foot issues where I find real shoes extremely uncomfortable and just prefer sandals.
     
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    I was able to find a pair of split toe neoprene boots that are heat reflective and water resistant figuring they will work better than the fleece.