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    Jacket no longer waterproof

    I was caught in a torrential rain last weekend. I have a Olympia all season touring jacket. The sleeves, from the elbow down, were absorbing water. Can anyone suggest a product to make the jacket water proof again? The jacket is several years old but I only use it for overnight trips on the bike. Usually 2-3 times a year. Thanks in advance.
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    Nikwax Cleaner and waterproofing does quite well. https://www.nikwax.com/en-us/product...erproofing.php

    Klim gear recommends Revivex. https://www.amazon.com/Gear-Aid-Revi.../dp/B07MVMMM68

    Here is a comparison og the two on You Tube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRbXy8Hn4Z0
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    Quote Originally Posted by akbeemer View Post
    Plenty of poor reviews, then I noticed it's not the same product used in the video.
    The product in the link Durable Water Repellent.
    The product in the video is Durable Water Proofing. https://www.amazon.com/Gear-Aid-Revi.../dp/B01KH37EUS

    The video had good info comparing Wash In and Spray On options.

    I saved the Durable Water Proofing in my Amazon List.
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    Once or twice a year I give all of my textile riding gear a spray with the Nik Wax waterproofing stuff. It seems to work pretty well. Water beads up on the surface.

    https://www.nikwax.com/en-us/product...?productid=265


    Here is a better price on amazon -

    https://www.amazon.com/Nikwax-571-TX...01&sr=8-4&th=1

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    Years ago, I began to notice that my Aerostich was not that waterproof anymore. I bought something from Riders Wearhouse...I think it was a Nikwax product...it was a machine wash approach and I followed the directions scrupulously. The result virtually destroyed all the seams and inner layering for the seams. I checked with Riders Wearhouse...they said send it back. I did and they tried 3-4 times to do the same process and they could never get it to return to level of waterproof they liked. I ended up getting my suit back with the seam sealing fixed on the inside, but it wasn't good enough for the rain. I ended up getting a severe discount on a new outfit. So when I know it's going to be dry for local rides, I wear the old "comfortable" Stich...when I go on a longer trip, I break out the new(er) one.

    My only point is that possibly some other approaches such as spray-on, etc., might be better then what I went through. Just my 0.02.
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    I wash my gear in warm plain ole water and revitalize the waterproofing as needed with spray on Revivex. Most of my gear is black (including a ten year old pair of Darien pamts) and comes thru this process looking good and as water resistant as new.
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    I use the Nikwax wash-in product with my Aerostich 1-piece a couple times a year. Make sure you read the directions (take out all pads, remove all traces of other washing soaps before use, etc.)

    I also put my suit in the dryer for a little while to reactivate the DWR finish (that's recommend by Gore and Aerostich).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    The product in the video is Durable Water Proofing. https://www.amazon.com/Gear-Aid-Revi.../dp/B01KH37EUS

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    My link is not a good place to purchase the ReviveX product.
    $28.85 for 5 ounces.

    Ebay has 40 ounces for $30.83

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/4-GEAR-AID-...s/173984032310
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