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    Swedish snow smock

    I bought a wind-proof Swedish snow smock in off white with the intention of dying and waterproofing.

    So far I have managed the dying.
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    next stage is to melt the beeswax and petroleum jelly and paint it on and then use a heat gun to melt it into the fibres. The finished result should be a waxed jacket.

    Not my original idea, I have seen it done and was inspired to make one.
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    Didnt you post this somewhere else too ? I have done the same, dyed, proofed with fabsil though and i added knitted cuffs from some old army socks. Next on the list is to add chest pockets and a removable fur trim for the hood
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    Is the Fabsil really waterproof ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BJ View Post
    Is the Fabsil really waterproof ?
    No less waterproof than nickwax i use on my Paramo, it wouldnt stand a downpour though but then again most fabrics would give in at some point. Its a cracking jacket though i love it
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sapper4083 View Post
    No less waterproof than nickwax i use on my Paramo, it wouldnt stand a downpour though but then again most fabrics would give in at some point. Its a cracking jacket though i love it
    That'll do for me, thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BJ View Post
    That'll do for me, thanks.
    I also proof my canvas trailer tent with it which managed to survive 10 days without a single leak last august.............. in Wales - nuff said
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    hello,
    Fabsil or Scotch Guard (Waterproof) around same price I've used both give great results
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    Don't laugh, but I had some Thompsons Waterseal left over from a job. On the tin it read you could waterproof fabric with it, well I had bought a parka coat half price from Matalan £15, nice and warm so thought I would waterproof it. I used one of them sqirty type bottles that have glass cleaner in them, hung the coat on the washing line and sqirted away. I used about three pints of this stuff, I just kept going till the coat and insulation was saturated with it and was dripping off. I put it in the garage to dry off, it took about a week, the coat was waterproof alright but you could smell me coming twenty yards away for weeks. I still use that coat to this day, it's been washed a few times but there is still a very faint aroma of "Thompsons".

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    I've heard a rumour that diluted fee-bond does the jobs too.
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    I have asked about using Thompsons Waterseal in the past because I heard about using it too.

    Maybe if it was just painted on with a brush, it would have dried a lot quicker and also lost the smell sooner. I used Fabsil with a brush and it stank to high heaven also, but only for a day or two.

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