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Old 10-07-2010, 05:17 PM
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I have an oilskin duster that's about due for a reproofing. I've read up on the process using a paraffin wax based reproofing material and feel comfortable with that part. The question I have is do I need to use the wax the manufacturer suggests, or can I use just any paraffin wax? The stuff they recommend is expensive...

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Old 10-07-2010, 09:52 PM
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Isn't oilskin supposed to be waterproofed with linseed oil?
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BLO - Boiled Linseed Oil. Mink oil or parafin would work in a pinch but unless you melt and rub it in deep it will crack up on you.
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my old duster always got mink oil and had no problems . my boots got mink oil also !!
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I re seal mine each summer, hang it against the (tin) shed wall in the heat to heat the garment up. I use the recommended oil, but put the tim in another tin full of hot water to heat it up, apply senisbly with a brush and it spreads and soaks easily, hang it out on the tim wall rest of the day...it spreads and soaks in easily then. I have short coat & chaps.
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I've heard about linseed oil and I think they were originally coated in that but haven't been for some time. Maybe some brands are.

I'm working on it right now using paraffin wax and a hairdryer. It seems to be working pretty well, but I'll have to go over it a second time because some areas I got too thick. I'll keep you up to date.
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Wish I would have seen this thread sooner, but here is a link to a DIY method of reproofing. I have never gotten around to trying it though.

http://www.woodcentral.com/cgi-bin/r...cles_368.shtml
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