I have packed away many cans of scotchguard that I rotate through every fall/winter season (sometimes summer depending on where I am). However I have also packed away various bars of wax for DIY waterproofing.
You can go with paraffin wax, however it is much more involved so I will focus on using a much easier method, otter wax.
All you will need for this is…
- Clothing you want to waterproof
- Hair Dryer (Heat gun will work as well)
- Otter Wax
A few things to consider for this is that whenever you use wax to waterproof you will be making a tradeoff, waterproofing for breathability, that is you will gain unparalleled waterproofing but your clothes will not breath and thus it will become more stuffy and you will sweat more if its a hot climate.
*Also in a grid down scenario you can make use of the warm summer sun (since you may or may not have power available in your home). This will mean pre planning on your part in preparation for the rainy season. You can lay your clothes and the wax out in the hot summer sun to heat up and use that to some effect to wax your clothing.*
Lightly heat the Wax and area of clothing you are going to wax with the blow Dryer
Wipe the bar of wax like soap across the clothing. Depending on the fabric and type of clothing you may or may not want to put more or less pressure on it. Practice with different materials to get the effect you want.
Use your fingers and hands to wipe the wax around and into nooks and crannies and smooth it out; you can also use the edges of the bar to get into the areas not easily gotten with the bar.
Heat again with the blow dryer (or put in the sun as I mentioned in a grid down scenario)
Let cure in a warm dry place.
- Re Apply once a year
- Dont wash in a machine or hand wash in warm water. Hand wash in cold water and then possibly re apply the wax if needed to areas.
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