Developed by the maker of what makes so many waterproof outer ware garments work this works to keep it working. I trust the fact it was developed by the same folks and for me it works very well and easy to use. (Posted on 7/24/11)
I'm about to attempt this on my Aerostich suit so I did some research. "The water repellent effect is based on the differential
surface tension of the impregnated fabric." ..this is where the heat comes in. It (heat) acts on the coating to "orient the structure" thereby providing the desired surface tension.
Other products suggest 5 minutes on normal cycle so I'll try that first knowing that reheating the material is advised periodically to maintain the orientation.
Perhaps the ReviveX people could offer more information if contacted directly. (Posted on 7/24/10)
Recently used this to waterproof my darien jacket & pants. I've previously used Nikwax but it didn't seem to be as good as the factory repellent, so I decided to try Revivex.
From the package:
1. Machine Wash: Close all zippers. Wash garment in warm water without detergent. If garment is heavily soiled, wash with detergent and rinse twice.
2. Spray: Place the garment on a hanger. Shake bottle well. Hold 6â-12â from garment and spray exterior of garment.
3. Tumble dry: Dry separately on medium heat for 60 minutes. Do not air dry.
I think 60 minutes was WAY too long at medium heat because I shrunk my gear =(. In previous washings I'd dried the gear on low, and it was dry in < 30 minutes.
I won't have the ability to test the product on my pants, which were the most leak prone part of my gear as I'll be calling aerostitch for a new set of darrien pants today.
The product might or might not work, but if it makes the gear unusable after washing due to shrinking its of no use. I'll be headed back to wash in repellent that doesn't need higher heat during drying to 'set' the product. (Posted on 4/11/08)