Outerwear & Fabric Waterproofing Wax

Restore the finish on oiled and waxed coats or waterproof untreated fabric. Heat-activated dressing is made of all-natural ingredients and penetrates deep into fabric. Made in Portland, Oregon. (more info)

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Outerwear & Fabric Waterproofing Wax - Kaufmann Mercantile

This product was requested by outdoor clothing makers and retailers that wanted to provide their customers with the means to keep their waxed outerwear waterproof. A single tin of wax is enough to treat a full-length coat or two jackets. It can be used to waterproof unwaxed items as well, and is best on multilayered items because it is so thoroughly absorbed into fabric. This wax gives previously untreated items a matte finish and maintains the appearance of factory-waxed apparel and gear.

All Otter Wax products are formulated to be both highly effective and environmentally friendly. The idea of waterproofing an article of clothing isn’t new, but most waterproofing substances use petroleum distillates, oil refinery by-products and silicone to get the job done, making things oily, stinky or bad for the environment. The Otter Wax line was invented in the home kitchen of a man who was looking for a sustainable, renewable way to waterproof his best clothes.

Use & Care

Works best on natural fabrics. Use this on canvas, denim, cotton, and wool. Try it out on anything, but keep in mind that synthetic and synthetically treated fabrics don't let the wax absorb as well. You'll know that the wax isn't absorbing into the fabrics if it flakes off once it dries. Unlike regular Otter Wax, which, when applied, sits on top of the fabric, this dressing is absorbed, so it's best to use it on lined or multilayered clothing.

Remove label and open the tin. Heat tin in a pot of water over the stove until wax has melted. Test an inconspicuous corner by rubbing a bit of wax on to make sure you'll like the effect on the whole garment.

Brush off the article to remove debris and dust, then go over it with a lint roller to make sure you got everything. Apply melted wax with a soft cloth or natural-bristle paint brush, taking particular care with pockets and seams. Hang the article to dry overnight.

Production & Design

Otter Wax is made with entirely natural ingredients that have been sustainably, renewably, and humanely derived.

Maker Chris Chase was determined to find a natural way to waterproof and preserve his favorite jackets, sneakers and gear and went through extensive experiments in his kitchen in rainy Oregon until he was satisfied that he was not only serving the needs of his clothing, but those of the environment too.


½ pint

All natural ingredients

Made in
Portland, Oregon
  • USA
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