Many people prefer to send their jackets back to the Barbour repair facility in Milford, New Hampshire where they can get a professional job at a very reasonable price. I happen to enjoy doing it myself, although am slightly envious of their heated tables, which also gets out any ground in dirt. (However, as almost everyone waits to the last minute, the Barbour facility always gets overwhelmed this time of year.) I am no expert, but over the years I have found the process fairly forgiving.
I only had one can of wax so I had to set up a Barbour triage of sorts. Without regular reproofing they obviously are not as waterproof, but I find that the Navy can still look good for dry weather wear, while the Sage takes on an old military fatigue jacket look.
I prefer not to wear gloves so I remove any jewelry and take care not to get the wax too hot. I use a new sponge; old sponges tend to crumble a bit and leave behind little pieces. I place the can of wax in a pan of just boiled water and wait a few minutes for it to soften, which it does from the bottom up.
|I tend to go heavy on the seams and then wipe them again after letting them hang for a couple of days. Many take a hairdryer to the jacket after waxing, especially the seams, but I don't have the patience for that.|
|Any bits of wax that I get on the corduroy collars are easily wiped off.|
|I wax over any tears or worn out spots.|
|Bedale in Sage - One of the Neediest|
|With the Bedales I tuck in the knit cuffs....|
|... and I always zip them up before starting.|
|The hat (and three Beauforts) will have to wait for the next can of wax.|
|The Giant Bellows Pockets of the Border Jacket|
|This is how it looks when I should have waited a little longer for the wax to melt. I just have to work it in more.|
With one full can of wax I was able to complete two Bedales, one (large) Border and a Westmorland Waistcoat in about one hour. They will be a bit tacky (as in sticky) but not for long. (Now we are ready for any hedging and ditching should the need arise.)
Click here to see my visit to Barbour's repair facility in Milford, New Hampshire.