Otter Wax

Back in the mid-19th Century, sailors discovered that applying wax to their sailcloth would make them go faster.

When it rained, they wrapped themselves in their spare sails to stay dry.

Clothing and equipment manufacturers soon realized that the inherent waterproofing properties of wax could be used on any fabric.

They began coating cotton and other fabrics with wax to make durable items like hats, jackets, bags and tents.

Today, many brands still use waxed or oiled fabrics to make high-quality and durable waterproof gear and apparel.

But, as we mentioned in our article about the best vintage style rucksacks, many of which are coated with protective wax, the protective properties of wax do not last forever.

You need to re-wax your gear from time-to-time.

That’s why you need a product like Otter Wax.

Otter Wax is a handmade product that will improve and protect your favorite waxed or oiled fabric items. And it can even add waterproofing properties to non-treated fabrics.

The natural wax protects your fabric by creating a seal on the top layer of the garment. This keeps the moisture and wind at bay.

Waxing your gear also preserves that rustic appearance that traditional outdoor apparel lovers crave.

What’s Unique About Otter Wax

Most fabric waxes are made from paraffins. This means they are derived from nonrenewable resources such as petroleum, coal or even shale oil.

Other companies formulate wax products with silicones and synthetic chemical additives in their waxes.

Otter Wax, on the other hand, only uses natural ingredients to make their wax products.

As they state on their website, “we do not use any animal fats, fillers, petroleum distillates, mineral oil or chemical preservatives.”

How to Use Otter Wax

In order to truly reap the benefits of this wax and protect your gear for the long-haul, you need to follow some simple application instructions.

Fortunately, Otter Wax includes several tutorials and instructions on their website.

For example, here’s some handy guidance on how to re-wax and waterproof a hat.

But you can learn all the basics in the following video as well:

About Will

Will Ames is an author and editor for the old timey. With a BA in history and a passion for vintage items and retro inspired tech, Will has a passion for researching his favorite products, collectibles and stories from days gone by.