I have a palm Dry suit and it doesn't seem to Repel water like it did when new. After cleaning and drying would I be able to spray with the same stuff I use on my Gore TeX jackets when they get the same way? Of course I would avoid the gaskets etc...
Yes. My next suit will be Kokatat, but this was $200 new with tags. Great suit . But kokatat is in my future. Just trying to get all my miles from this one.
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Definitely worth a try|
Posted by: willi_h2o on Oct-20-13 1:45 PM (EST)
Posted by: jesse59 on Oct-20-13 2:39 PM (EST)
Wash in tub with Tech Wash followed by TX Direct Spray-on
I ahve done this|
Posted by: Peter-CA on Oct-21-13 2:17 PM (EST)
I have done this 2 stage NikWax process with a Palm Silver semi-dry suit I had. It helped, some, but the repellency seemed to disappear after a couple of uses. Now have retired that dry suit and use a Kokatat.
h2o repellant. |
Posted by: thirstyturtle on Oct-20-13 3:36 PM (EST)
I have one of these sprays. Gonna give it a go. Thanks
TX.Direct comes in soak-in version also|
Posted by: pikabike on Oct-20-13 11:44 PM (EST)
Nikwax makes it, and places such as REI and specialty outdoor-sports stores sell it.
no wash in for goretex|
Posted by: NateHanson on Oct-21-13 8:09 AM (EST)
I thought you weren't supposed to use wash-in waterproofing on goretex. Kokatat recommends using spray-on DWR.
ditto no wash in|
Posted by: kayamedic on Oct-21-13 8:24 AM (EST)
Here is the care from the Goretex website
I have the bottle in front of me now|
Posted by: pikabike on Oct-21-13 5:52 PM (EST)
no wash inside the suit|
Posted by: suzanneh on Oct-22-13 3:55 PM (EST)
Once upon a time, the wash in stuff was approved by Gore-Tex to be used. According to Kokatat, it is no longer approved/suggested for washing in. Only the spray ON types are recommended now by Gore. Perhaps the bottle you have is old. What I was told is that the wash in kind blocks the channels for water to get out... something like that.
Posted by: pikabike on Oct-22-13 7:03 PM (EST)
I think I bought that bottle only a couple years ago; maybe it had been sitting on the shelf a while. I'll continue to use it on a 1st-gen--circa 1978--Gore-Tex jacket that I have used it on several times, as well as an old 65/35 poly/cotton anorak.
Cold water clinic instructions|
Posted by: Marshall on Oct-21-13 10:23 PM (EST)
Tom Harsh of Kokatat went I to some depth on how the DWR coating works at our cold water clinic. The micro hairs of the fabric need to stand up to she'd the water as when it was new. This can be recharged either chemically or simply by ironing in low without steam. Do not iron gaskets, zippers or other rubber components obviously but it does work very well. I've do e this to a Kikatat GTX Paclight jacket and a Stohlquist EZ to renew the water repellency with good results in improving the breath ability of the garments.
I am going to try the ironing thing 1st|
Posted by: thirstyturtle on Oct-23-13 10:58 AM (EST)
Thanks everyone...great information
Hair dryer - non contact|
Posted by: willi_h2o on Oct-23-13 12:26 PM (EST)
I'll give it a go.|
Posted by: Marshall on Oct-24-13 5:02 PM (EST)
Just got back from a road warrior delivery trip.
Posted by: thirstyturtle on Oct-24-13 5:12 PM (EST)
Thanks for doing the experiment on behalf of us curious solution seeking souls....please email me your results and add in the hot dryer one too.
Posted by: NateHanson on Oct-25-13 12:20 PM (EST)
I have ironed my drysuit in the past to restore the DWR, and it worked quite well. Water beaded right up. That said, I haven't done it again. After a dozen uses I start to lose DWR effectiveness on a new garment, and it's probably half that for the ironed suit. So my suits wet out on the surface, and I don't worry about it.
Posted by: thirstyturtle on Oct-25-13 2:25 PM (EST)