How to re-proof a waterproof garment

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Good quality, well cared for outdoor garments can last a life time.

The best way to maintain outdoor garments is to buy well and care well. Now of course outdoor clothing is designed to be tough and hard wearing, we expect it it to get wet, muddy and roughed up, that's why we have it! Well used and loved waterproof garments will eventually need some additional maintenance. Re-proofing is really easy and help you get the most out of your garments for longer.

Clothing with waterproof membranes such as GoreTex, do not often need re-proofing, with regular or hard going use, part of the lining can get rubbed or pulled and can leak in heavy rain. Garments with a waterproof or water resistant coating are often worn away with regular use, most notably on jackets at the top of the shoulders ( from bag straps) and on the cuff and knees of trousers. Any area that gets rubbed a lot will likely need treating.
There are loads of products available to treat your garments, for the purpose of this guide I will be explaining the process if using a spray on re-proofer that does not require heat treating. I will add guides for a few of the different products for other  gear and equipment.

your garment should be damp before you apply the proofer.
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your garment should be damp before you apply the proofer.

Start Clean.

Start making sure the garment is clean, you can hose it down in the shower or machine wash with safe outdoor garment cleaner, please see my guide on how to care for outdoor clothing for information about safely washing a waterproof. Once clean, put the garment on a hanger, above the bath usually works for me but you could also hang it outside if the weather is fair. make sure all the zips, clips and flaps are closed. you need to spray all the parts that will be exposed to the rain.
Whilst your garment is still damp, give the spray bottle a shake and spray an even layer, don't spray too close or it all just rolls off! Remember to spray the bottom edge, elbows, inner arms, armpits and sides as well as the back  of the neck and hood on jackets. On trouser be sure to spray the top as well as the bottom and the thigh area. In heavy rain water will run off your jacket straight on to your trousers and unless you want a wet bum, don't forget that either!
Once you have a good even coat you can now leave the item to air dry, keep it hung up some where it won't knock into anything, or stick to the wall, such as on the washing line, or on your shower rail. Where ever you put it remember that it is likely to drip, so if its inside place a towel underneath it. It is at this point that some products say you can heat seal the item. If the item allows you can pop it in the tumble dryer on a low-med heat on a short cycle of 10-30 mins. If you can not tumble dry your item you could hang it in an airing cupboard or use a hair dryer on a medium setting on the key areas. For me I just left my jacket to dry in the bath room with the window open and by the end of the day it was all done.
And that is it! The product I used on the jacket above was XT Proofer by Grangers for soft and hard shell fabrics. It says that on bottle (275ml) will proof 4 garments. I will be  writing more guides on choosing water proofers, cleaners, tent and gear proofers and foot wear care. If there are any guides in particular that you would like me cover please leave a comment below.
when water hits a waterproof garment it should bead up and roll off. as it the bottom left picture.
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when water hits a waterproof garment it should bead up and roll off. as it the bottom left picture.
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when water hits a waterproof garment it should bead up and roll off. as it the bottom left picture.
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when water hits a waterproof garment it should bead up and roll off. as it the bottom left picture.
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