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Nikwax waterproofing

what i have:
  • Nikwax Aqueous Wax (for leather)
  • Nikwax Footwear Cleaning Gel
  • Nikwax Glove Proof
  • Nikwax Tech Wash (for textiles)
  • Nikwax TX-Direct Wash-In (for textiles)
  • Nikwax TX-Direct Spray-On (for touching up the textiles)
  • Nikwax Visor Proof (for helmet visors)
why i bought it.
The first time riding to work in the rain after ScotchGuarding my jacket, I discovered exactly where on my jacket I'd skimped with the ScotchGuard. In fact, I learned that ScotchGuard really doesn't work all that well for shielding me against torrential downpours.

So, I turned to the World Wide Interweb and ordered a bunch of Nikwax products. They came highly recommended, not only by motorcyclists, but also by hikers, backpackers, rock climbers....pretty much everyone who spends any time at all outside.

where i bought it.
I ordered my first round of Nikwax products from, and was impressed. They had good prices and I received the order very quickly.

how i use it.
For textiles:
1) Remove the liner and armor from the jacket.
2) Clean the jacket using Nikwax Tech Wash. The care label on the Kilimanjaro says to hand wash, but I am a scofflaw and put it in the washing machine.
3) Run the machine through another cycle, this time with Nikwax TX-Direct Wash-In. Five minutes into the cycle, stop the machine and let the jacket soak for 15 minutes, then restart the cycle and let it finish.
4) Let the jacket air dry, then reinsert the armor and liner.