Around here, we’re always hunting down time tested solutions to modern problems. Possibly our best example of this would be our tough-as-nails line of waxed jackets.

From classic bomber jackets to vests, we offer a wide selection of waxed outerwear made to suit anyone (and any lifestyle) under the sun. And while a waxed jacket is naturally more Responsible than a synthetic raincoat, we take it a few steps further by using 100% organic cotton and employing sturdy, old-world construction methods, keeping your jacket in your wardrobe and out of the landfill for decades to come.

What makes a waxed jacket special?

Unlike other water-resistant outerwear, a waxed jacket picks up some incredible patina over the years, as unique to you as the lines on your hands. And just like those lines, the fades and creases on your waxed jacket will tell a story of jobs well done and memories made. So, how do you maximize the life of your waxed jacket?

Model wearing The Quilted Bomber in Navy Dry Wax

Waxed jacket care & re-waxing

First and foremost, do not wash your waxed jacket. If your jacket gets a little dirty, just wipe it down gently with a damp cloth. Don’t worry if you spill some beer on your sleeve when a night out with the guys gets a bit too rowdy, water (and beer) resistance is part of what makes a waxed jacket so great.

The next thing you need to know is how and when your waxed jacket might need a touch up, or a full fledged re-waxing. That’s right, just like resoling that favorite set of Goodyear welted boots, you can take the lifespan and look of your waxed jacket into your own hands with a re-waxing.

How do you know when it’s time to re-wax your jacket?

The best way to tell if your jacket needs to be rewaxed is by spraying it down with some clean water. Give it a few minutes, if the water beads up and slides off, then leave it alone. If the water soaks into the fabric, it’s time to grab your wax.

What kind of wax should I use?

There are plenty of options out there and most will do just fine, but you want to be sure to grab a fabric wax. Personally, we’re partial to Otter Wax. It’s a well made product that gets the job done right.

What do I need?

  • Trash bags, newspaper, or anything else to protect your workspace.
  • A hair dryer or heat gun.
  • Quality fabric wax (like this one from Otter Wax)
  • A rag and/or latex gloves.
  • Your favorite waxed jacket.

Rewaxing your jacket, step by step

  1. Start by giving your jacket a proper hose down before brushing it with a coarse brush to dislodge any stubborn dirt or debris.
  2. Next, lay your jacket down and warm it up with the hair dryer. This will help the wax soften and properly impregnate the cotton canvas. Once the jacket is warm to the touch, you’re ready to get waxing.
  3. If your wax is in bar form, simply apply it directly to the jacket. If your wax is in a tin, either use a rag to apply it or throw on some gloves and apply it by hand (this method is excellent as the warmth from your hands will help the wax melt and you’ll have better control over distribution). In any case, be sure to apply the wax evenly, paying extra attention to seams and high-wear areas like the shoulders and sleeves.
  4. Give your newly waxed jacket 24 hours to cure. If the wax appears to be pooling in any areas, just use a dry cloth to wipe away the excess.
  5. Once dry, try the water test again. If the water beads up and slides off, you’re good to go. Throw it on and get back to punishing it as you please. 

Just like changing your own oil, caring for and re-waxing your waxed jacket deepens your relationship with what could well become a prized family heirloom. So whether you’re just starting out with waxed jackets or are looking to add another one to the collection, have a look at our wide roster of waxed offerings and gear up to get out there. The rougher you treat these timeless garments, the better they’ll look. And when you’re ready, come on back to this page for a reminder on how to give your trusted battle buddy a fresh coat of armor. Cheers.

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