Nikwax TX Direct Spray-On

Spray it on, wipe it off, get your tail out there, and have fun.

Gore-Tex, HyVent, eVent, and any other synthetic fiber garment with a durable water repellent (DWR) or polyurethane (PU) coating will eventually allow moisture to seep through the outer fabric. The Nikwax TX Direct Spray-On is a quick and easy way to replenish that waterproof barrier before your next outing. Simply spray on, wipe off any excess, and allow to dry to reinstate that barrier.

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Great for repellent and like philosophy

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Worked great on an older softshell, did have to rub it in a bit to enhance adherence.
Really like the company philosophy of environmentally friendly processing and non-toxic chemicals used.

NikWax to the Max!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Seriously, such a life save when your favorite ski jacket now collects more water than your bathroom towel. The instructions are incredibly easy to follow, and it makes the waterproofing on it just like new. I used them a pair of bibs that began soaking through. Afterward, they were solid and dependable.

If your jacket had DWR or a PU coating, and its failing now, use this. You'll thank me later.

It Works

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Your jacket isn't "worn out" it's just worn through the DWR coating. TX Direct is how you keep a rain shell repelling rain. Make sure you use a residue-free detergent like Tech Wash beforehand, and you'll be good to go.

THE Best DWR replenishment/waterproofing

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is the ONLY DWR replenishment & waterproofing I use. Have tried other approaches in the past for my 3 layer GoreTex garments (TNF, Arc Teryx, Monstone) and ToddTex tents & bivy bags (Black Diamond PTFE laminate fabrics), but TX Direct Spray on is the best! Easy to use: follow the Nikwax instructions. I've used this product for over 10 years. TX Direct allows me to get the best performance and protection out of expensive PTFE fabrics!

Work like a charm!

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Applied a layer to my snowboard jacket and snowboard pants after washing them in tech wash and product worked like a charm. To test it out, I poured water on my jacket after a day of drying and it just sat there like a puddle.

Spent 4 days in Jackson and 3 in Beaver Creek and never had an issue with being wet. That means a lot considering I feel quite bit.

Works great

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Keeps my DWR coatings on all my gear up to par.

Don't follow the included instructions.!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Here is the modified instructions that has yielded me way better results.

Soak your gear in Tech wash for several hours, especially if you used it enough for the DWR to be rubbed off and needs to be replenished.

Rinse and dry thoroughly.

Lay flat, and make sure you don't get it on hard floors (will make the area feel slippery for weeks.)

Spray as evenly on the garment as you can, better too much than too little. Spread it with a clean damp/wet clothe making sure you get it on high wear areas.

Let it dry for several minutes, test by running under a faucet, going over the areas you missed.

Other notes: If your jacket or any garment you intend to use this on isn't waterproof, this will NOT make it waterproof!
Seriously, if water is making it through your rain gear or garment, this isn't the solution!

For course threaded fabrics that are used on packs and such, two coats is usually required.

Nikwax Does it Again!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I normally use the wash-in version of this, but I decided to try the spray-on this time around, and it worked every bit as well! This works best when you use Nikwax Tech Wash on your hard shell first, which strips any grime and oils off of the fabric. Then just spray on the TX-Direct to reapply the DWR (Durable Water Repellant) coating that causes water to bead up and shed off of the fabric. This keeps water from pooling or soaking into the fabric and enables your jacket to breathe the way it is designed to. I use Tech Wash and TX-Direct on all of my Gore-Tex outerwear a couple of times a year and it keeps everything looking like new! A must-do if you want to the the most out of your expensive waterproof garments!

meh

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Followed the instructions to renew waterproofing of my rain jacket. I didnt notice much of a difference- it's gortex so it doesnt leak per se but still soaks up water. Maybe it needs a few applications.

Unanswered Question

Has anyone used this on an Arc'teryx Atom LT jacket? I have one that is a couple years old and is losing its water resistance.

Worth every penny

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With the amount of money spent on quality gear you want it to last this along with other nikwax products I have used for years greatly helps refresh those waterproof qualities.

Works but expensive.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This stuff does work when you follow the directions. I use it when I cannot use the wash-in with like my backpack or just spot treatments on my raingear.

However, this stuff is pretty expensive and sometimes requires two coats for courser fabrics that are often used for backpacks. That can add up quick! (-1 star)
It won't make anything waterproof, just more resistant to water sitting on your gear.

Also, avoid using on hard floors, it can make the floor slippery. You don't want to slip and die, cause that would be very bad.

I wish they sold larger bottles of the spray on for a better bang for the buck. Or some refill for these small bottles. (10oz)

Not to take any business away from Backcountry.com, but you can buy 500ml / 17oz. Nikwax TX direct from nikwax.com

Restores DWR well

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Follow the directions and the TX Spray on works effectively. I use a wet rag to spread the coat once it's been sprayed on and seems to work the product into the garment nicely. A bit expensive but it's better than buying a new shell.

Can the spray on be used after the jacket has been washed and dried? Or is it better to apply the spray when the jacket is wet/damp?

It's best to wash the article(s) whose water repellency you want to renew with, Nikwax says, their Tech Wash - perhaps that's a good idea, since other detergents can potentially clog the pores between fibers that you're looking to waterproof. Then, their instructions are as follows:

"For best results remove all non-washable parts and always clean item(s) first with Nikwax Tech Wash®. No need to dry item(s) before waterproofing.

Protect working surface and lay clean garment flat and zip up all zippers.

Hold bottle 15 cm/6 inches away from garment.

Apply evenly to outside of fabric.

Wait for 2 minutes. Remove any surplus product with a damp cloth.

Check carefully to ensure no areas have been missed.

After several minutes check for and remove any surplus product with a damp cloth."

Therefore, you should wash your article(s), then while it's damp, just take it outside and hang it on something, spray it down, make sure to gently remove any surplus, and then let it air dry the rest of the way, and you should be good to go.

Hope this helped.

I followed the instructions, then tossed into the dryer on low for about 15 minutes. The results were extremely satisfying.

use it on all my waterproof gear

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

after using this, my gear repels water like crazy. the spray has a bit of a smell that fades after a few days. (Not a terrible smell, just kind of synthetic, like when you buy new gear.) After spraying on, i usually rub it in with a rag until the jacket/etc looks "wet." That way I know it's really sunk in.

Nikwax.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This stuff is great. It is super easy to apply and extremely effective. It is nice knowing that you can go out all day and snowboard/ski/snowmobile/snowshoe or any other potentially wet winter activity, and be kept dry. Any water repellant material will be maximized with this stuff. I used it last weekend where there was a ton of wet snow on the chairlifts and I didn't get wet at all. I would definitely recommend this stuff. It is relatively cheap for what you get out of it, great value.

I bought this product for my new backcountry.com cottonwood gloves. Will it work for the leather or should I return it and get the Creme (link)? - http://www.backcountry.com/nikwax-creme-waterproofing-wax-for-leather

Best Answer

Personally, I would would hold on to this for your softshells and use the cream to treat leather.

Like the wax on your 1976 Ford Bronco

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

You wouldn't detail your Bronco with a fine tooth comb then not put a fresh coat of wax on it. Treat your Gore-Tex with the same love and care. Use the Tech Wash in the machine, spritz then on after, while the item is still wet/damp. Then, getting some face shots and repeat as necessary.

Can you use this on gloves too? (ex....

Can you use this on gloves too? (ex. Kinco)

Yes, you can--although it will not make a product water resistant that was not previously treated with a DWR coating. So, as long as the gloves were previously DWR, they should be good to go with the NikWax spray.

Can I use this on a soft shell? I have...

Can I use this on a soft shell?

I have gotten conflicting answers from people I don't really trust. So I'll ask strangers.

I'd rather get one product that I can use on everything?

This obviously won't add waterproofness to a jacket that never had it, but it can increase water resistance in a softshell. I would feel safe spraying this product on any garment that came with a DWR coating when you bought it.