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Barbour waxed jackets have been carefully crafted to last a lifetime. They are praised globally for their weatherproofing qualities, durability and a patina that improves with age. Your waxed jacket will keep you protected so that you are able to enjoy the Great British Outdoors all year round, regardless of the weather.

It is recommended to get your Barbour Waxed Jacket rewaxed every 9-12 months so that you can continue to reap the benefits for the rest of your life. If you look after your jacket, you will be guaranteed years of faithful service. Waxed cotton continues to be one of the most robust and durable fabrics on the market, which is why we pride ourselves on its renewable and sustainable qualities. As such, we always inform our customers of Barbour’s repair and rewaxing services.

This typically consists of two options:

We will send your jacket for professional repair and rewaxing

If you would prefer to leave it in the hands of a professional, simply bring your Barbour Wax Jacket into our store and we will send it off to the Barbour factory for you for a fee of £46 (which includes postage).

Alternatively, you can package your jacket and send it off yourself by following the instructions listed on the official Barbour website.

Rewax the jacket yourself with Thornproof Wax

Barbour Thornproof Wax dressing is a must-have for restoring and maintaining your waxed jacket to keep it looking as good as new. It uses the original formula that has always been used by Barbour manufacturers which works to restore weatherproof functionality.

It is very easy to apply, whether you want to re-dress the entire jacket or simply strengthen the areas which get the most wear (like elbows and creases), helping to maintain the durability of the jacket and preserve the fabric. One tin of Barbour Thornproof Dressing will restore two jackets, so you may require multiple tins in you are thinking of rewaxing several garments.

For more information on how to re-wax your jacket, read this handy aftercare section on the official Barbour website, or follow our instructions below.

How to rewax my jacket with Barbour’s Wax Thornproof Dressing

The most common weights of waxed cotton jackets include the medium and heavy weights of 6oz and 8oz. Barbour’s most used waxed cotton is called sylkoil and can be utilised in any type of weather. Care for your 6oz or 8oz waxed jacket with the Barbour Wax Thornproof Dressing by following the steps below.

Step One: Clean your jacket

Firstly, clean your jacket using cold water and a sponge to wipe down the exterior of the jacket. Do not use hot water or soap and avoid the temptation to throw your jacket in the washing machine – this will only go and remove the wax coating permanently and the jacket won’t be able to get rewaxed.

Step Two: Heat your wax

Boil your kettle and let the water cool for five minutes before pouring it into a container. Remove the lid from a tin of Barbour Wax Thornproof dressing. Stand the tin of wax in a container of water hot enough to soften the wax. This should take around 20 minutes before the wax melts into a liquid consistency.

Step Three: Wax your jacket

Use an old cloth or sponge to work the melted wax into the jacket, paying extra attention to creases, seams and dry patches. Wipe any excess wax off. Keep the wax tin in the hot water while you are doing this to keep the wax softened. If the wax begins to solidify, simply top your container up with more hot water. Make sure that you keep the wax well away from the corduroy collar, the interior of the jacket and the inside of the pockets.

Step Four: Dry your jacket

Get an extra smooth finish on your rewaxing by blowing over the jacket with a hair dryer to even the spread of wax. Be careful not to do this too closely, as the wax may overheat and cause it to run.

Step Five: Repeat this process once a year!

After you have rewaxed your jacket, hang it up and allow it to dry naturally overnight in a warm, well-ventilated area away from any other clothing. Please note that the jacket may lose excess wax for a short period so keep your newly waxed jacket away from any leather or upholstery.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I care for my Barbour Wax Jacket?

A wax cotton garment cannot be washed in a conventional way as hot water and detergents will remove the wax and oils. Sponge down the outer fabric with cold water if soiled and brush off any grit etc. Hang the garment in a dry and airy place to dry off naturally. How often you need to reproof your Barbour depends on the frequency and type of usage. However, we recommend this is done every 9-12 months to maintain the wax cotton’s effectiveness. Please contact the store by phone or call in to see us for more information.

How do I care for my Barbour Waterproof Breathable Jacket?

Generally, all waterproof breathable garments can be machine or hand washed at 30°C. However, you need to ensure that only non-biological washing powder is used and you should not use fabric softeners as these prevent the water repellent treatment on the jacket from working effectively. Barbour recommend the use of NikWax products which can be purchased online or in store for use with your waterproof breathable jacket. Please contact the store by phone or call in to see us for more information.


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