Is there any clothing more representative of Britain than the waxed jacket from Barbour? No, we think not. These dark green jackets have been seen on iconic figures like the Queen and James Bond throughout the years, and both farmers and fisherman and the fashion elite adore them. Additionally, Barbour's special wax contributes to the glossy appeal of its South Shields-made coats. This special ingredient, which was created to be waterproof, protective, and restorative, is both the secret to the brand's success and a well guarded trade secret.

How frequently, though, should you return your jacket to Oily Jack for re-waxing? A method that can revitalise and prolong the life of your jacket for years costs just £38. Wax jackets by Barbour are renowned for their longevity. They continue to be among the strongest pieces of clothing available because to their weather-resistant qualities and an ageing patina. We enquired as to how re-waxing the tightly woven cotton would increase the durability of the product from Martin Ritchie, plant manager at the company's headquarters.

According to Ritchie, "the colour will remain bold and the restoration of the jacket will leave the fabric looking less worn," finally producing a garment that is more similar to its original colour and quality. And to make sure your jacket is constantly offering the maximum protection, we advise that you re-wax it at least once a year. Barbour’s formulated wax has followed the same recipe for many years and is created using a mixture of hydrocarbon waxes. We’re not allowed to tell you what exactly goes into this special secret formula, but Ritchie says customers can rest assured that it doesn’t contain any harmful substances, and is environmentally friendly.


“Five years ago,” reveals the factory manager, “we developed a new resilient and longer-lasting wax for lightweight garments. It creates the same look and aesthetic, and offers the same protection against the weather, but this new wax is dry to touch once applied to the product.” Barbour's carefully made wax is melted in a tank that maintains it at 50 degrees and applied by hand using a sponge to restore a wax jacket.

Re-waxing is a straightforward four-step operation, according to Ritchie. "First, each jacket is examined by expert workers who adjust the amount of wax used based on the jacket's age and condition. The wax is then applied with a sponge to the front and back, and any excess wax is then scraped off of the front and back. The seams are then given attention. The garment can be fully restored to its highest condition thanks to this last inspection. 

After this procedure is finished, the jacket is allowed to dry for 24 hours. Overall, waxing again will give you a jacket that is as durable and weather-resistant as the day you first acquired it. Your zip-up British icon will continue to offer the best protection for many years to come if you re-wax it at least once a year.

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