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How to Re-Wax Your Waxed-Canvas Bag

by Dani Howell June 25, 2019
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Waxed canvas is known for being durable and water resistant, but, if you use your waxed-canvas bag often, what do you do when the wax wears off? Thankfully, re-waxing your canvas bag is surprisingly easy. And, all you really need is some wax and a few common household products.

By re-waxing your bag, you’ll help restore the fabric’s initial color, re-waterproof the material, and increase the longevity and durability.

What you need

  • Wax
  • Hair dryer
  • Lint roller
  • Optional cloth

Clean

Before you get to re-waxing your canvas, you’ll want to make sure you’re working with a clean surface. Wipe off any dirt with a brush or cloth. Then, go over the bag with a lint roller—this helps pick up any remaining debris. Finally, if there’s any dirt that won’t come up, you may need to lightly spot clean because anything you put wax over will stay on the canvas.

Before you move on to the re-wax, give your bag time to dry.

Waxing

Once you have all your supplies ready to go, it’s time to start re-waxing your bag. First, you’ll want to warm up the wax a bit. You can do this with your hands or a blow dryer. Just soften it up enough so the wax is nice and malleable.

Next, slowly add the warmed up wax to the canvas, starting with an inconspicuous spot on the bag to make sure you like the way it looks. Once the wax is on the bag, you’ll want to rub it in either by hand or with a clean cloth.

Apply the wax and rub it in by sections to make the process less overwhelming. Also, be sure to apply an even coat of wax across all the canvas—and don’t over do it with the amount of wax you use. You just need enough to cover the material.

Once the wax is evenly applied, take the blow dryer and warm the wax on the bag—continue rubbing in the wax. By heating up the wax, the canvas will better absorb it and the bag will look smoother.

If any wax gets on zippers, leather, or other non-canvas materials, just wipe it away.

Now that you’re done, leave the newly re-waxed bag to sit for a few hours or, better yet, overnight.

Once it’s fully dried, you’ll have a bag that’s ready to join you on all of your adventures again!

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