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Old 02-24-20, 11:56 AM
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First time reproofing

New to reproofing :-o

Threw my Endura rain jacket in the washing machine. I used the right cleaner & re-proofer product, followed instructions.
My jacket was soaking wet when it came out of the washing machine. Left it to dry indoors on a drying rack. (Because the label indicated NOT to use in the dryer machine.)
Result: not yet waterproof.

What is it that Iím doing wrong? E.g. do I need to iron it gently with a towel in between (= apply heat)? Most videos show the use of a dryer, but the label forbids it.
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Old 02-24-20, 04:26 PM
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You're supposed to wash rain jackets?
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Old 02-25-20, 07:43 AM
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I'm talking about re-proofing a rain jacket.
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Old 02-25-20, 08:04 AM
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Bikewolf how old is the jacket? how dirty is the jacket? I don't wash my rain coats often. Maybe once or twice in the years i have owned them. I don't think the DWR i used added much to my coat but I do stay dry.
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Sometimes it takes more than one attempt, or a combination of products.

I use Nikwax (I ride motorcycles as well), and use a combination of one product that goes in the wash with the jacket, and another spray/wipe on after it's out and dried.

Cleaning products:
https://www.nikwax.com/en-us/product...r/cleaning.php

Waterproofing products:
https://www.nikwax.com/en-us/product...erproofing.php

I've had pretty good luck with these (choose the appropriate type for the material you have), but there have been a couple times that took more than one treatment of the waterproofing, especially around the seams.
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It's something that's best done every year or so and works better on thicker fabrics.
They always come out soaking wet. Let it dry and maybe use a very cool iron on it if the label allows it.

If it's a few years old and dirty it probably won't do all that much.
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Old 03-05-20, 01:17 PM
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Thank you for all your comments.

After using the brand’s re-proofer product, I let my rain clothing dry at room temperature. Thought that’d do the trick. But as I kinda guessed you really need to add warmth into the mix.
So, I tried the iron-towel method. I did not work. Finally, I tried again once more by using the dryer (special outdoor program setting).
Both methods showed some improvement. But no enough... (so after 3x re-proofing!)

The jacket and pants are about 3 years. They have always been well cared for: never got all that dirty, if some dirty spots present I cleaned carefully with a bit moist cloth, I never put the stuff in the washing machine or dryer before (because it was never so dirty).

Gonna look for another brand perhaps. Phfff...

I believe there’s definitely a limit to how long you can wear this stuff no matter how much you care for it. However, I thought it’d last much longer :.-(
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I always used the spray stuff to satisfactory results on my snowboard gear, at start of season and after a wash. The spray stuff has a solvent, I suspect it "dries" greasy and wears off faster than the machine stuff but the jacket has a liner.
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