A Guide To Re-Waxing Your Barbour Jacket

To show you just how easy it is to re-wax your jacket at home, we have put together a handy little guide. If you follow our step by step instructions, you can’t go wrong… It really is simple to do yourself!

“I thought that it was going to be an extremely tedious task to re-wax a Barbour jacket, but I will happily admit that I was wrong. In fact, re-waxing a jacket is extremely easy! There’s nothing to it, just some good old fashioned elbow grease.” 

You will need to re-wax your jacket every 12 – 18 months depending on how much you wear it. This will help retain the coat’s water and weather resistant qualities. Plus a good re-wax will give your coat a whole new lease of life!

Barbour Thornproof Dressing

Barbour Thornproof Dressing


You will need:

  • One tin of Barbour Thornproof wax dressing.
  • A durable cotton cloth.
  • A strong, yet soft sponge.
  • A saucepan.
  • A source for boiling water.





Step 1.

It is important to wipe away any dirt that is on the jacket with warm water and a clean sponge. Any dirt that is left on the jacket can leave a messy and uneven appearance if waxed over. Once you have a clean, smooth, and even surface to work with, you will need to zip up your jacket and fasten all of the studs. Flip your jacket on its front as you will need to re-wax the back of it first.

Step 2.

Fill a saucepan to the top with boiling water straight from the kettle, be careful not to splash yourself, then place your tin of Barbour Thornproof wax in the water and allow it to melt thoroughly. Whilst you are waiting for the wax to turn into liquid the water in your saucepan may go a little cold, but don’t worry, simply empty the saucepan of lukewarm water and refill with boiling water.

Heat up the thornproof wax

Heat up the Barbour Thornproof Wax until it has completely melted

Using your cotton cloth, dab it into the melted wax. Start to work the wax into the jacket using a small circular motion, ensuring you apply an even layer of wax for a professional finish. For ultimate weatherproofing protection you need to make sure that you rub the wax into every crease, corner and seam. Any untouched areas will gradually weaken over time, leaving you less overall protection. Don’t forget to wax the hood, and take extra care not to get any wax on the inner lining.

Don't forget to re-wax the hood!

Don’t forget to re-wax the hood!

Start by re-waxing the back of the jacket

Start by re-waxing the back










Step 3.

Once you have finished treating the back of the jacket flip it over and start on the front. The front of the jacket will be slightly more difficult to wax due to the pockets, buttons, flaps and collar. Overall it’s still an easy job to do! You may need to check that your water is still hot, if not again replace with boiling water. If the water is left to cool down for too long then the wax will start to solidify again which you don’t want as it just makes the process longer.

Make sure you re-wax under the pocket flaps, along the seams and around the buttons

Make sure you re-wax under the pocket flaps, along the seams and around the buttons

Using the same waxing method, apply the wax to the front of the jacket making sure you wax underneath the pocket flaps, storm flaps and the collar. If you get any wax on the metal studs or on any part of the zip, simply wipe away using a clean dry cloth.

Step 4.

Your jacket will take on a very shiny appearance after being re-waxed; it could even be described as a “wet look”. You now need to wipe away any excess wax from the surface of the jacket which will help you to maintain an overall smart appearance.

The wax will leave the jacket with a shiny appearance

The wax will leave the jacket with a shiny appearance

To get an excellent shine from your jacket you can warm it up using a hairdryer. The wax will melt and then solidify around the material’s fibres naturally; leaving a glossy finish.

Front view

Front view

Back view

Back view










Step 5.

Finally hang your jacket up to dry in a warm, dry, room overnight. Your jacket is now ready to wear. It may feel slightly tacky after being re-waxed, but don’t worry, this will only last for a couple of weeks.

If you have any queries, then please either leave us a comment, call us on 01432 377089, or email us at customerservice@philipmorrisdirect.co.uk.

For a visual step by step guide, please watch our Re-Waxing your Barbour jacket video



John Jones in Managing Partner at Philip Morris & Son. As a keen driven game shooter he takes a hands on role in selection and development of the Philip Morris & Son Country Clothing range. With a combination of technical, industry and user knowledge this puts John in a unique position to share his knowledge of the best and worst products available.

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