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. Many do it themselves, although you don't have the added benefit 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.) The process is fairly forgiving.
Without regular reproofing they obviously are not as waterproof, but also can take on an old military fatigue jacket look, especially in the Sage. The Navy, however, can still look good for dry weather wear.
Many prefer the bare-handed approach and take care not to get the wax too hot. Use a new sponge; old sponges tend to crumble a bit and leave behind little pieces. Pllace 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.
|Go heavy on the seams and then wipe them again after letting them hang for a couple of days. Take a hairdryer to the jacket after waxing to even out the wax, paying special attention to the seams|
|Any bits of wax that get on the corduroy collars are easily wiped off.|
|Wax over any tears or worn out spots.|
|Bedale in Sage - One of the Neediest|
|With the Bedales tuck in the knit cuffs....|
|... and always zip them up before starting.|
|The Giant Bellows Pockets of the Border Jacket|
|This is how it looks when one should have waited a little longer for the wax to melt. Now it just has to be worked in more.|
They will be a bit tacky (as in sticky) but not for long. (Now all are ready for any hedging and ditching should the need arise.)
|1984 Gamefair Barbour - Before (on left) and After (on right)|