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Barbour Stinks

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Bounder, May 14, 2010.

  1. Bounder

    Bounder Senior member

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    I recently got a hold of a second-hand Barbour. It's a Beaufort, to be exact. Anyway, it stinks.

    Barbours are supposed to last forever so I wasn't concerned about getting a used one. I should have been.

    This jacket doesn't just smell funny. It really reeks. It smells like an old canvas tent. Worse, you can smell this thing across the room. You could probably smell it across the street but I don't dare take it out in public in its current condition.

    I've had other waxed jackets and none of them smelled like this. In fact, I have a long one that I use for riding in the rain. It is covered with all sorts of interesting material and even it doesn't smell this bad.

    I tried leaving it out in the sun but it doesn't seem to have helped. If it were a normal jacket, I'd just have it dry cleaned/throw it in the wash. But as it's waxed, I can't do that. I'm hesitant to start spraying it with random household cleaning products as I don't want to wreck it.

    Any suggestions?
     
  2. texas_jack

    texas_jack Senior member

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    It probably has mold. Send it to Barbour to be reconditioned but don't count on it going away.
     
  3. Kentishman

    Kentishman Senior member

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    I think it a tad unfair that you surmise all Barbour jackets to 'stink' on the evidence of one — second hand — jacket.

    Most of the waxed jackets I've encountered have had an unpleasant smell to them; could it be the type of wax or somthing? Nonetheless, I'd go with texas_jack's reconditioning suggestion.
     
  4. GBR

    GBR Senior member

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    Never buy second hand clothes and if you are so stupid, check what you are buying first.
     
  5. Bounder

    Bounder Senior member

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    Never buy second hand clothes and if you are so stupid, check what you are buying first.


    Well, there goes B&S . . .
     
  6. voxsartoria

    voxsartoria Senior member

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    I'm in month two of having a mid-1950s Belstaff getting aired out.

    I don't plan on lookin at it until later this summer.



    - B
     
  7. Kentishman

    Kentishman Senior member

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    Feck. Just realised I've totally missed the humour in the title of this thread and apologise for my earlier post. It's been a tough Friday; I had to work all day today. Never good for the brain.
     
  8. MyOtherLife

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    Suggestions: -Take it to the dry cleaners. They will, no doubt, return it with the tag that says 'We are sorry, we did everything we could to clean this garment but it is beyond our means to remedy. It will be cleaner, and they won't charge you. -Create a series of 'Bounder Adventure' books for children; the first being 'Bounder And The Stinky Barbour Jacket'. When the first book is a hit, sell the authentic jacket that inspired the story on Ebay for $2 million and retire. -Have a laboratory extract and replicate the chemical formula causing the smell. Release a new 'Bounder' line of rugged and envigorating colognes. Possible names: 01) 'Homeless' 02) 'Every Living Thing' 03) 'They'll Never Look Here' 04) 'Carrion' 05) 'Some Of This!' 06) 'Me Time' 07) 'Thrift Store' 08) 'Repel' 09) 'RottenHam' (or 'Rotten 'im' -UK Releae) 10) 'Below Deck' 11) 'In Country' 12) 'Je Regrette' 13) 'Fearsome' 14) 'Non!' 15) 'Caveat Emptor' 16) 'What Am I, Can You Guess?' 17) 'Morning Breeze' 18) '10,000 Miles' 19) 'Ol Factory' 20) 'Harbinger' 21) 'Hive' 22) 'Clansman' 23) 'Two Of Me' 24) 'Woodsy' 25) 'Last Days'
     
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  9. Bounder

    Bounder Senior member

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    Suggestions:
    -Take it to the dry cleaners. They will, no doubt, return it with the tag that says 'We are sorry, we did everything we could to clean this garment but it is beyond our means to remedy.
    It will be cleaner, and they won't charge you.


    Unfortunately, you can't dry clean waxed jackets.

    Much better idea. I rather like this one. Now that I think about it, there is probably a real market for SF-themed children's books. After all, I know for a fact that at least some SF members are capable of reproduction. I think I'll make the second title, 'Bounder And The Mystery of the Missing Belt Loops.'

    26) 'Country Seat'
    27) 'Landed Gentry'

    Lest I derail my own thread, though, I hope someone out there has some ideas about possible cleaning methods. The neighbors are starting to complain.
     
  10. Kentishman

    Kentishman Senior member

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    Some of the Q&As from the Barbour site are interesting – apologies if anyone is already familiar with them:
    I wonder if the previous owner has, at some point, machine washed the jacket and attempted to re-waterproof if. If the wax has penetrated the lining it may be causing the smell from within?
     
  11. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    01) 'Homeless'
    02) 'Every Living Thing'
    03) 'They'll Never Look Here'
    04) 'Carrion'
    05) 'Some Of This!'
    06) 'Me Time'
    07) 'Thrift Store'
    08) 'Repel'
    09) 'RottenHam' (or 'Rotten 'im' -UK Releae)
    10) 'Below Deck'
    11) 'In Country'
    12) 'Je Regrette'
    13) 'Fearsome'
    14) 'Non!'
    15) 'Caveat Emptor'
    16) 'What Am I, Can You Guess?'
    17) 'Morning Breeze'
    18) '10,000 Miles'
    19) 'Ol Factory'
    20) 'Harbinger'
    21) 'Hive'
    22) 'Clansman'
    23) 'Two Of Me'
    24) 'Woodsy'
    25) 'Last Days'


    Sweet mix tape. Make me a copy? Oh yeah, is 10,000 miles the Japanese-only release?
     
  12. The Swede

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    Check the back pocket for forgotten grouse
     
  13. wetnose

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    This is a bit extreme but it may work: rent/buy an ozone generator. Leave the ozone generator and the jacket in a bathroom for 30 minutes, then shut off the generator. Air out, repeat as often as neccessary. Don't breathe in the ozone.

    This was the recipe for smoked-in rooms while I was on a stint in an isolated northern town - seemed to work decently.
     
  14. Bounder

    Bounder Senior member

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    http://www.newenglandreproofers.com/


    - B


    Thanks very much, Vox. Per their website: In addition to reproofing, we offer odor removal . This might be the solution if all my home remedies continue to fail. Well, it might be the solution assuming I can convince UPS that the sartorial equivalent of a dead skunk doesn't qualify as "hazardous material."

    Check the back pocket for forgotten grouse

    Actually, this would be an improvement. Before I send it off, maybe I'll try this. It'll be sort of like those little air fresheners they have in airplane bathrooms, only organic.
     
  15. I. Gentantithesis

    I. Gentantithesis Senior member

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    Sept. of 2006 one purchased seven (7) Barbours at a SAKS Off 5th emporium @ $44.99 each - all they had. Would you not at that price? The jackets had original SAKS retail price tags of $395 attached. One suffers under the burden of that which multi-acronymed experts in the field term compulsive opportunistic acquisition tendency, COAT.

    Anyhoo, one smelt them before one espied same. The head-turning linseed oil component, in an unexpected retail establishment, was unmistakable from several paces. Each reeked of the same odour of one's first Border, some 25 years prior. As do one's two PRL. It's traditional.

    So, what's with this odourless modern gunge and whining about the traditional manly flax pheromonessence? Hang it over a damp peat fire or smother in lavender sachets. Have your wet dogs, or some strays, sleep on it.
     
  16. Bounder

    Bounder Senior member

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    http://www.newenglandreproofers.com/


    - B


    I spoke with these guys on the phone and they are amazing. They are disturbingly knowledgeable, not just about Barbour but about all things waxed. They are also extremely helpful.
     
  17. Dzerjinsky

    Dzerjinsky New Member

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    This is a horribly late posting to this thread...however, in case one reads this to see how to remove the obnoxious smell, I offer the following. I obtained a Barbour Beaufort that had been owned by a smoker, or worse, and it had the most awful smell. It reeked of tobacco and smelled like it had been stored in a bar. I dealt with it by hanging it in my courtyard through the months of November and December. Sleet, freezing temperatures, rain, wind and a couple of snowstorms later it was fresh smelling and nicely broken in. Ths may not be the solution for everybody, but it worked for me.

    It’s not like you can hurt a Barbour by hanging it outside, that’s where they shine.
     
  18. suitsnwatches

    suitsnwatches New Member

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    the way they say they were really broken in in the old days was by tying it to the back of your truck in the UK and riding it through the field... these coats, at least the old ones were so oily and stinky that you couldn't even put them next to something else without it rubbing off... I currently wear the game fair and i have no problems with it.

    Barbour reeking like tobacco and smelling like its been kept in a bar means your coat has real character. the wk i purchsed my newest one i wore it to my loocal cigar lounge to "break it in" [​IMG] these are coats used for hunting birds etc. when you see one thats a little ripped you know its seen some fun.

    like someone else said, try sending it to barbour- they stand by their product, but the smell probably wont come off.
     
  19. choppington

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    The Barbour-recommended wet sponge method has never done me much good.

    A "solution" I've found to de-stink vintage Barbours is to combine one part hydrogen peroxide with one part baking soda and two parts water in a spray bottle. Swirl and shake the solution around to dissolve the baking soda. Turn you coat inside out and saturate the lining with the solution. Then hang the coat outside in the sun (best) or in a well ventilated area to dry. Repeat if necessary.

    Definitely test the solution out on a less noticeable area of the liner (sleeves or inside the inner breast pocket work well) to make sure that you're not going to bleach out the fabric. If discoloration occurs, just add water to reduce the concentration of hydrogen peroxide. The recipe above doesn't need to be exact. I just sort of mix as seems fit. After you've neutralized the stink and your jacket has dried, you may notice a white residue left on areas like the nylon skirt found on the hem of some jackets. You can use a sponge wet with water to remove this or, if you're really paranoid, you can hose down the whole jacket to wash out any residual peroxide and baking soda. Personally, I like to just leave it alone operating on the theory that the baking soda crystals will continue to neutralize stink as I wear the jacket.

    If all else fails, send your coat to New England Reproofers. They will actually remove the liner and clean it separately from the shell before sewing the two back together.

    Hope this helps!
     

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