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PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2011 3:48 pm 
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Hi guys

The interior of my Hobie Spray Jacket (shoulder area & upper chest & back) is no longer waterproof - does anyone have any tips on how to re-waterproof it?

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 13, 2011 5:04 am 
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 13, 2011 9:17 am 
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West Marine has waterproofing spray for boat soft tops.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 13, 2011 10:02 am 
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sammy925 wrote:
West Marine has waterproofing spray for boat soft tops.
That's not even close to being the same material. The Hobie spray tops are made from a breathable fabric that once it loses its ability to keep water out - it's done. Breathable spray tops have a relative short (3-4 year) lifespan.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2011 2:04 pm 
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I know this is a really old thread, but this information may be useful to somebody:

I do a bit of whitewater kayaking and have to periodically maintain my dry tops and splash tops. Many of these are made with GoreTex or the 'house brand' equivalent waterproof/breathable material. Maintaining and restoring the waterproofing is a 2 part process:

1 - Wash the fabric with a very light cleanser - don't use heavy detergents that are full of dyes and scents; these can clog the material up and prohibit the breathability of the fabric. A great cleanser is called Nikwax Techwash.

2 - Retreat the DWR - this is a lot like rewaxing your car --- all waterproof/breathable garments are treated at the factory with a DWR that caused the water to bead up. Over time this will fade and need to be restored. I usually redo mine once a year depending on use - often times just washing with Techwash will do the trick..but if you haven't done anything in a couple years you should redo the DWR. The same company, Nikwax, makes 2 options for you: A TX-Direct Wash-In or TX-Direct Spray. Both work fine; I use the wash-in for anything that does not have a lining.

I think you'll be quite pleased with the results!


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2011 4:44 pm 
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Well amilkovits, you revived a few jackets and snow pants. Found out there are 4 major makers of DWR: Grangers, Nikwax, McNett, Trek7. There are others too, but those come up often.

At 12$/can, I'm going to test it on my oldest garment. Only 12$ to loose.

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