My mom has been wanting a Barbour jacket and I picked up this second-hand one off eBay a few days ago. Although it is in pretty good shape, it’s still a second hand jacket; so I got a can of thornproof wax from the Barbour shop and reproofed it.
Here is how I did it:
- Step 1: Cleaning
The first thing I did was dusting the jacket. It wasn’t super dusty or anything but since this is such special material, dust and dirt can stick with time. Of course, this can’t be cleaned like regular fabric so you’ll want to avoid anything that’s hot or with soap. Just stick to regular temperature water and a sponge to gently clean the material.
- Step 2: Melting
Once the jacket is clean and dry, it’s time to reproof it. The can of thornproof wax from Barbour is solid and needs to be melted before use. Melting it is pretty straightforward: I boiled some water in the kettle and placed the can in a water bath.
- Step 3: Reproofing
Here comes the important part: reproofing. It takes time and it needs to be done evenly but it’s worth it. I tried to work methodically: pockets, left side, right side, back, collar and finally, sleeves. Barbour’s instructions mention using a sponge or cloth but I used my palm to rub it in really well. The important part is making sure not to overlook the seams.
- Step 4: Drying
I really took my time to reproof the jacket and make sure I didn’t forget anything. Since it’s wax, it should dry on its own, but the guy at the shop suggested I use a hair dryer. Not only does it dryer but I’m assuming it also helps the wax to be spread evenly.