My father-in-law gave me a Filson waxed jacket and one tin of wax that I ran out of (or misplaced) and the tin never really covered the whole jacket and now its out of stock on filson's website and 5x the normal price on amazon.

Is there a way to use materials I can find at the grocery or hardware store to make something similar to what is used in a filson oil coat wax to waterproof my coat and make it last longer?

  • There are many leather oils and waxes, such as neatsfoot oil (from cattle feet), carnauba wax (from palm leaves), etc. Look online for "leather wax or oil" for a less expensive type. Oct 19, 2023 at 18:32
  • @DrMoishePippik does it matter that it is not a leather jacket - it's oilcloth or something like that - kinda like a stiff duckcloth? Oct 19, 2023 at 18:53
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    If it were mine, I'd try a carnauba-based (hard) wax. Caveat! Waxed canvas is flammable, and a real hazard around a campfire or trail kitchen. Oct 19, 2023 at 18:59
  • @DrMoishePippik - you really don't want a hard wax on a flexible item of clothing - it's somewhat counter-productive. It will crack & leak. It must stay flexible.
    – Tetsujin
    Oct 28, 2023 at 13:09
  • @Tetsujin, pure carnauba wax is hard and brittle, as you state -- but the leather waxes have additives to make it more flexible. In any event, due to flammability, I'd avoid waxed fabric garments. Oct 28, 2023 at 23:50

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I know this site is for 'hacks' but I wouldn't hack an expensive wax jacket.

Do an Amazon [or similar] search for "wax for wax jacket".
Everybody who makes wax jackets, from Barbour to Fjällräven, and even some who don't make clothing but only make clean/protect products have one.

I'd get one I've at least heard of, Barbour, Grangers in the UK - likely different by territory - even if they're more expensive. [BTW, don't cross-type, ie don't put beeswax on a regular wax jacket - they don't combine well.]

…And don't just buy some random wax type. You wouldn't put shoe polish on your car, or car wax on your shoes. Don't do it with wax jackets either. The wax needs to be readily absorbed & stay flexible when dry, otherwise it will crack off & leak.

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