Originally Posted by DGP
LA Guy, another question for you on the issue of getting that true blue wash on my new RRDS: How long do I need to wear them before washing to get that? I want to minimize the fading, but maximize that deep blue affect. I saw in the booklet that came with the jeans that they turn a lightish gray/blue color if washed too soon, which I don't want. What would be your expert opinion on the amount of time to go before first washing?
Okay, they are going to turn true blue no matter when you wash them. The difference is the depth and extent of whiskering. I always handwash my jeans in cold water with normal detergent and hang dry them. The first couple of soaks, the color will be have a greycast. After about the 5th wash, the color will be very vivid, and the denim extremely soft. I washed my RRDS for the first time after about a month and a half (IIRC) of hard
wear (they were starting to smell), and then about once a month after that, sometimes more frequently (a couple of weeks), depending on whether I spilled spaghetti on them or not. I posted a picture of my jeans after, I think, 8 months wear and washing. The pictures are true color on my monitor, but monitors vary. Of course, mileage varies. I wear my jeans extremely hard (the crotch from that pair has blown out a few times, starting at about the 6th month, and have needed frequest repairs since then.
I am working on another pair of RRDS now, so, yeah, I really like those jeans...