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Thread: Which nikwax?

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    Which nikwax?

    Hello,

    I want to wash a bag with ballistic (210d). As per instructions will use either a mild detergent or a grangers performance one (does not strip the dwr).

    I wanted to know:

    Which nikwax to use?
    Should I use this (tx. Direct spray) https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nikwax-Tx-D...ds=Nikwax+tent

    Or this:

    Gear solar proof spray on https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nikwax-Tent...ds=Nikwax+tent

    Which will less likely leave marks?

    Also would grangers performance wash be ok to use?

    Thanks!

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    I have not yet had need to wash or reproof my Tom Bihn bags, but I have used Nikwax Tent and Gear Solarproof on previous other makes of bags. This Nikwax product is also what is recommended on Tom Bihn website FAQ “How do I clean my bag?”

    https://www.tombihn.com/pages/contact-us/#faq

    https://www.tombihn.com/products/nik...nt=16645280391

    For info, I also have ocasionally used Nikwax TX Direct, but specifically for Goretex breathable clothing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigBadD View Post
    I have not yet had need to wash or reproof my Tom Bihn bags, but I have used Nikwax Tent and Gear Solarproof on previous other makes of bags. This Nikwax product is also what is recommended on Tom Bihn website FAQ “How do I clean my bag?”

    https://www.tombihn.com/pages/contact-us/#faq

    https://www.tombihn.com/products/nik...nt=16645280391

    For info, I also have ocasionally used Nikwax TX Direct, but specifically for Goretex breathable clothing.
    Great thank you for this!

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    If you use grangers or nikwax tech wash you possibly won't need to reproof, worth checking how the waterproofing is after washing before shelling out on reproofing spray.

    I use nikwax tech wash on my waterproof clothing and to clean Tom Bihn bags and it doesn't strip the proofing at all. It does, however, smell really weird and things need airing out well afterwards.

    I find my things only need reproofing on sites of heavy wear - just my experience.

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    I washed my S25 after about 2.5 years and then used the second one you listed, the tent and gear solarproof spray. No stains or smells, worked perfectly. I also used it on my nylon (I think) umbrella. Seemed to make it more waterproof.

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    Please make sure to apply the Nikwax spray while the bag is still wet after being washed. There was a thread on here a while back where someone had sprayed a Founder's Briefcase while dry and the spray left permanent white spots. The instructions on the Nikwax did not (and in my opinion still don't) specify that the item should be wet. The instructions currently say that you should wash with Techwash and then there is 'no need to dry' the item. A vast difference in my opinion from 'item should be wet'!

    https://forums.tombihn.com/general-b...tle-spots.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cristina View Post
    Please make sure to apply the Nikwax spray while the bag is still wet after being washed. There was a thread on here a while back where someone had sprayed a Founder's Briefcase while dry and the spray left permanent white spots. The instructions on the Nikwax did not (and in my opinion still don't) specify that the item should be wet. The instructions currently say that you should wash with Techwash and then there is 'no need to dry' the item. A vast difference in my opinion from 'item should be wet'!

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    You make an important point. I actually used Grangers Performance Repel yesterday because I had it in the house, after using an enviro friendly dish soap. It all turned out fine yesterday, but I wanted to point out one more thing:

    Along with ensuring the bag is well you should also wipe off access spray. I washed a cordura burnt orange synapse last year and didn’t do that and it left not permenant white marks but still looked more dirty. I washed it again and it was better. So it’s important to ensure it’s wet and extra spray is wiped down.

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    My standard washing MO has been lukewarm to cool water with a small amount of Ecover dishwashing liquid (just enough to make a few suds), let it soak for awhile, push it up and down in the slightly soapy water, apply a teeny tiny bit of Ecover if there's a stain, rinse in cold water thoroughly, then apply Nikwax Tent and Solar while wet and wipe off any extra Tent and Solar. Then let air dry.


    The only time I've deviated from that protocol is when coconut oil spilled in my Cardinal Western Flyer. I had to apply a lot more Ecover to the stain to get it out

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cristina View Post
    Please make sure to apply the Nikwax spray while the bag is still wet after being washed. There was a thread on here a while back where someone had sprayed a Founder's Briefcase while dry and the spray left permanent white spots. The instructions on the Nikwax did not (and in my opinion still don't) specify that the item should be wet. The instructions currently say that you should wash with Techwash and then there is 'no need to dry' the item. A vast difference in my opinion from 'item should be wet'!

    https://forums.tombihn.com/general-b...tle-spots.html
    Great point, thanks Cristina, I forgot to mention this !!
    If I find I *do* need to reproof after washing I dunk the item in water first.

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