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Re waterproofing a raincoat

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by rossyl, Jan 13, 2012.

  1. rossyl

    rossyl Senior member

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    Hi,

    I've got a raincoat (cotton exterior) that has gotten a bit dirty and needs a clean. I'm fine with sending it to a dry-cleaner for this. However, I imagine it then needs to be re-waterproofed.

    The nicer dry cleaners will do this, for a sum of £25-30. To be honest for that amount (on top of the dry cleaning cost) I would rather attempt it myself.

    So does anyone have any tips/knowledge on how best to do this? Or what the dry cleaners use?

    I should state that I know that raincoats are not "waterproof" but are resistant to water.

    Thanks,
    Ross
     
  2. comrade

    comrade Senior member

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    I did this for years with all cotton English raincoats.
    The dry cleaner's "water-proofing" in my experience was inadequate,
    and over priced. Just get a can of Scotchguard for fabrics and follow the instructions.
    It should be done in a well-ventilated place. Good luck.
     
  3. JumpinHowie

    JumpinHowie Senior member

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    +1

    I've done this a couple of time. It works well and is cost effective.
     
  4. asdf

    asdf Senior member

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    +1 for scotchguard
     

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