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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on June 18, 2013
I've tried Filson wax, and even wax direct from Halley Stevenson's, but this has so far been the best. I bought the XL bar and waxed one jacket from scratch entirely (even with a hood), and touched up the shoulders, arms, and pocket flaps of another jacket which was losing its wax finish. I still have about 2 in. cubed left! I can't praise this enough for the look of the jackets, and how effectively waterproof they are. I used extra wax on the shoulders, etc., so they got a white film of wax after some use, but I brushed it off with a shoe brush, and it's looked great ever since! I read some reviews that commented on the scent, but I waxed my jackets in my living room, without thinking twice about it. I think the scent is pleasant (lemony, beeswaxy, piney, etc.), and definitely not overpowering--right now it's hardly noticeable. And it only took me a little over an hour to wax both jackets. I was halfway through 'The Dark Knight' when I finished.

I'm very happy to praise this product because I am very happy that I bought it. I just ordered some leather salve too, and I hope it's as nice as the fabric wax!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on July 31, 2014
Very prompt shipping!! Nice, mild scent. This seems to work great some people and I've seen it recommended by very reputable makers of waxed canvas products, but it's not for every fabric blend and takes a little practice to get the application smooth and even. It is probably more appropriate for all cotton canvas fabrics rather than cotton/poly canvas blends (what I used it on). Also, I would be cautious about applying the bar to any light colored fabrics (the fabric will take on a yellowish hue and it will be hard to mask unevenly applied strokes). To ensure a more even, uniform coverage, try applying wax bar to large fabric pieces over a smooth, stable wood surface and use even force when rubbing wax into fabric. It will be difficult to smooth out uneven, heavy strokes once they are present. It is also worth noting that heavier coats will take longer to cure and will end up being tackier at the end. If you are applying to a fresh, never-waxed fabric, it is better to use lighter strokes and a less heavy coat and then, after curing, test for water repellency (beading). If needed, you can re-apply more wax* (be sure to allow fabric to dry completely before reapplying and then repeat the process of wax, cure, test). Additionally, weather/temperature will have some effect on the application. If you are applying to a fabric at above room temperature conditions, I would recommend removing the printed label from the bar and using a cloth or plain parchment paper to hold over the bar instead, otherwise, the dye from the wrapper will mix with the warmed wax on your hand and may make its way onto your fabric (unfortunately, I made that mistake when applying to a light tan canvas).

Getting the application right takes a little practice. Also, results will vary due to unique physical properties and characteristics of the fabric (fiber type, weave, roughness, absorbancy, commercially applied textile finishes). It seems to have been tested more so on natural, all cotton canvas fabrics, so, to be on the safe side, it's probably best to use with only all cotton fabrics.

FYI: There are videos on the Otterwax website that are helpful and I was told more information regarding explicitly tested fabrics should be up there sometime in the future.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on February 24, 2013
This product is perfect for refreshing waterproofing on cotton or cotton blends. Easy to apply and no objectionable odors. Just warm garment wi a hair dryer, apply otter wax, and warm again with hair dryer. Let hang overbite and brush off excess. Couldn't be easier or more effective.

I bought the larger bar to completely waterproof a cotton coat. It took about half the bar, so I have plenty left over for touch ups.

This product will slightly darken fabric, like most waterproofing agents. Just a fact of life.

I like this product a lot and will use it again.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on March 11, 2013
Definitely now a big fan of Otter Wax products.

I got a bar of this for my wife for some vintage canvas military bags she has that have been made in to bicycle panniers. We get some heavy monsoon rains in the summer time here, so they needed to be water-"proof" as much as possible to keep her stuff dry while riding.

We try to live without chemicals whenever possible and try to avoid using petroleum based products, so I gave this a try.

It worked wonderfully, though you do need to be a bit patient. It takes some time to apply on a large piece. It would be much faster on something like canvas shoes.

Feel - the bar is heavy for its size, and is just slightly tacky to the touch. As you begin to apply it, you'll find that the fabric begins to take on a bit of that tack, though this will undoubtedly lessen as the product ages on the fabric.

Smell - the smell is very inoffensive, doesn't smell like much, just slightly herbal. Definitely a far cry from the dizzying smell of some water proofing products, and there is no need to worry about using this in a "well-ventilated" area.

Look - as you apply this product, you will find that it indeed changes the look of the fabric somewhat. As always, test on a spot you can hide easily. We liked the look it gave to the canvas bags. They are just slightly more "distressed" looking now, but they are not really any darker.

Function - it has been tested in the rain, and I can tell you it works!

Doing both bags took about 1/2 of the bar. Which is pretty good in my book.

I will be buying other Otter products to try now, such as their leather care. Thanks!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 13, 2012
I bought this to waterproof a field bag I had purchased and that I absolutely love. I use it as a camera and binocular bag. My wife took it to a UNC football game when it was pouring down the rain and the bag soaked completely through. I contacted the seller to ask about ways to waterproof. I was searching the internet and came across this product. I watched their video and decided to give it a try. It works as advertised!!! My field bag now is as waterproof as I believe I could ever make it and gives me much more confidence in it protecting my gear in a sudden downpour at a football game or anywhere else. It's very easy to apply and leaves no petroleum smell as other products do. I was putting mink oil on the leather portion of the bag and was amazed at how I smelled like a gas station!! This is a great product, if you have a product that needs protection, this will fill the bill.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 14, 2012
This product is great for any water repellant job. I have a pair of suede boots that I use for a renaissance festival and this is just what the doctor ordered! The application and curing process was straight forward and simple if you have a good blow dryer. You can also stick whatever you're making water resistant into the oven on low for a few minutes before and after to make application easier. Make sure you cure for at least the minimum time suggested on the box!!! Great product. NOTE: This product makes your project water RESISTANT, not water proof!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 3, 2013
First time doing it and while it was a bit tedious it gave me the slight sheen i wanted on a couple of my jeans. *WARNING* Don't use this on white jeans! it will turn it a cream or off white color, i learned this the hard way.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on March 21, 2014
I bought this and Filson wax to wax untreated jeans and an untreated canvas bag (check out my Filson review for a comparison). Congrats on your video, because that it why I purchased 2 bars of your wax. However, if you want to succeed against the competition, you need to make some changes. First, it smells ... stinky. Not awful, but just .. well ... all chemically and nasty. Nasty smelling might have worked in 1900 but not in 2014. Plus, if you want to market this to someone other than a lumberjack or a hipster who doesn't care what he smells like, you might consider tweaking your "proprietary blend." Although the smell did dissipate after about 3 days, it was still noticeable. Second, it "does not go gentle into that good night." I bumped the heat up to 72 degrees and pulled out my heat gun (forget hair dryers) and I still couldn't get good coverage on the jeans (I didn't even bother with the bag). Perhaps I could melt it and apply, but wouldn't that negate the benefit of a bar? I'd suggest adding more of a oil/fat to improve the spread-ability. You also had very lofty goals or maybe you just thought to omit some info? The product doesn't specifically say on the packaging whether it should be used for pre- or non-waxed items. I'm giving this three stars for effort (again, love the video), need for competition (thank goodness we live in a democracy), and ambition. Let me know when you fix your formulation and I'll give you another try.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 27, 2013
This product worked great to water-proof a new cotton, canvas hat. After leaving my hat in the 80 degree sun for ten or fifteen minutes, the Otter Wax soaked right into it. There is only a light smell (clean and pleasant; no headaches from the fumes!), which is a big positive.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 29, 2014
Purchased this to re-water proof my oilskin duster. After wiping any dirt off the duster I applied this otter wax and using friction worked it into the fabric. I used a hair dryer to warm the oil skin to help with the waxing.
It worked very well, my duster is water proof once again, and I have plenty of otter wax to waterproof it many more times in the future.
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