Gear Care & Repair
How to Waterproof a Jacket
Waterproofing outerwear is easy, and when you have a good product, you only have to do it once during the season. Trust us. We live in the Pacific Northwest, we know rain.
Whether you're going out in the snow, on a bike commute, or a rainy dog walk, Revivex water repellents will keep you dry. They're durable, easy to use, and give you factory-level performance. Whether you have five minutes or two hours, we have a formula for you. Here's how to waterproof a jacket in three easy steps or you can watch the video on YouTube:
1) Clean Jacket: Dirt and oils attract water on the surface of your jacket, which overtime break-down any existing DWR treatment and makes your jacket "wet-out". Removing dirt and oils will give you a clean surface for the water repellent. If treating an eVent, NeoShell, or Gore-Tex jacket, use a specialized cleaner free of softeners and fragrances, like Revivex Pro Cleaner and Revivex Down Cleaner.
2) Apply Water Repellent:
WASH-IN/SOAK application is ideal for hard-shell jackets and pants that do not have insulation or an interior lining. Revivex Wash-In Water Repellent is a breathable, fluorine-free formula that can be applied quickly in a 10-minute soak, or conveniently in a top-loading or front-loading washing machine. Instructions for both methods are provided on the bottle.
SPRAY-ON application is easy; just spray it directly on the exterior of the garment and let it dry. Ideal for hard-shells, soft-shells, down jackets, pants, gloves, and even tents, Revivex Durable Water Repellent is our most durable formula. It is PFOA-free, and repels water, dirt, and oils just like the garment is new again.
INSTANT SPRAY-ON application can be found with Revivex Instant Water Repellent. It's like magic, just spray it on and watch it dry. It's PFOA-free and repels water, dirt, and oils; plus it can be applied to all outerwear, footwear, and gear.
3) Air Dry or Tumble Dry: First, check your care tag for the manufacturer's recommended temperature setting. For maximum results, tumble dry for 30 minutes. If you cannot tumble dry, then air dry for 48 hours.
Originally Published: Dec 30, 2014