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    As the title...bought them at the weekend
    (not new...this is me!) and was told that they are not waterproof.

    The lable says "proprietary sealer"..cant find a model number...says "Antifreeze " on the outer skin.

    All relatively sensible suggestions appreciated.

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    Default Re: Frank Thomas jacket and trousers...re proofing.

    Buy some waterproofs

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    Default Re: Frank Thomas jacket and trousers...re proofing.

    Quote Originally Posted by Julian_Boolean View Post
    Buy some waterproofs
    Is F T stuff not supposed to be waterproof?

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    Default Re: Frank Thomas jacket and trousers...re proofing.

    Nikwax?

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    Default Re: Frank Thomas jacket and trousers...re proofing.

    Quote Originally Posted by davidat19 View Post
    Is F T stuff not supposed to be waterproof?
    I've no idea, I was going on the information supplied by you

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidat19 View Post
    Is F T stuff not supposed to be waterproof?
    Might depend on how old it is. Some of it wasn't particularly waterproof when it was new, 30 years ago.

    To be honest, I was shocked to see that they're still going!

    http://www.frank-thomas.co.uk/collection/textiles.html

    However, back to OP. Reproofing - effective, watertight for hours, may not be possible. 'Antifreeze' labelling is likely to refer to thermal lining.

    If it's waxed cotton, then that wax can be bought; you warm the garment, rub wax in, hope.

    If the suit has either a drop liner, or coating/laminate on the inner face of the outer fabric, then your only option is to apply reproofer ('Scotchguard' type) to the outer surface, or wash and apply 'Nikwax-type proofer. They will work by repelling water.

    Some textiles have a waterproof layer/coating on the inside. I cut open a pair of overtrousers that failed, the lining had crumbled and was peeling.

    It's possible that a 'goretex'-type membrane is dirty and clogged, causing condensation rather than leaks. Or it could be that seams have failed.

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    Default Re: Frank Thomas jacket and trousers...re proofing.

    Having made the mistake of buying FT stuff on two separate occasions years apart I found the best waterproofing to be a bin bag encased by a large back bin. No help I know but sound advice nevertheless.

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    Default Re: Frank Thomas jacket and trousers...re proofing.

    This stuff's good - claims to work on all textile types too...

    https://www.motolegends.com/accessor...proof-kit.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luddite View Post
    This stuff's good - claims to work on all textile types too...

    https://www.motolegends.com/accessor...proof-kit.html
    Good at *what*?

    " This specifically formulated cleaner for technical outerwear and equipment is pH Neutral, and will restore the original finish to waterproof garments"

    It's a cleaner.

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    Ihave an old FT jacket with armour it was supposed to be waterproof when new years ago but never was the thing leaked from day one in biblical downpours but is to this day comfortable and never leaks any worse than it did so I don't use the 550 replacement I bought... Cchange breathable richa jacket (it vibrates really badly at Autobahn cruising speeds as to be dangerous my vision blurrs at anything over 90) so IMO better the devil you know, it also zips into my leather trousers as a plus which the Richa doesn't Leaks round the stomach on the waist belt and some seams on the arms.But its really windproof

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    Default Re: Frank Thomas jacket and trousers...re proofing.

    Thomsons waterseal - the old environmentally unfriendly one (new stuff takes forever to dry and stinks)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Horse View Post
    Good at *what*?

    " This specifically formulated cleaner for technical outerwear and equipment is pH Neutral, and will restore the original finish to waterproof garments"

    It's a cleaner.
    Half the battle with breathable waterproofs is to keep it clean so its water repellent and the rain beads up on the surface rather than soak into the ming over the outside. If the washing istructions allow, running an iron over them can help too. Not too hot, mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chillitt View Post
    Half the battle with breathable waterproofs is to keep it clean so its water repellent and the rain beads up on the surface rather than soak into the ming over the outside. If the washing istructions allow, running an iron over them can help too. Not too hot, mind.
    Cheers Chillitt...it does say non iron...and it is quite clean . I may test it at the weekend,

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidat19 View Post
    Cheers Chillitt...it does say non iron...and it is quite clean . I may test it at the weekend,
    TX direct is good stuff. avoid detergents, soap flakes are ok, again subject to washing instruction labels. Dont use proofer designed for bricks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Horse View Post
    Good at *what*?

    " This specifically formulated cleaner for technical outerwear and equipment is pH Neutral, and will restore the original finish to waterproof garments"

    It's a cleaner.
    There are two bottles in the kit; one for cleaning, one for proofing.

    Quote Originally Posted by chillitt View Post
    If the washing instructions allow, running an iron over them can help too. Not too hot, mind.
    As chillitt says, heat can help the proofing process. This kit says, for best results, tumble dry (again, washing instructions permitting), although they say air drying will also work.

    I'll try this stuff when I finally get round to reproofing my Halvarssons jacket.

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