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I really need to wax my G-1000 trousers - but I do not own a clothes iron and only a flimsy travel hairdryer. The instructions for the trousers/wax say, I should use either to melt the wax after applying it, so it seeps into the fabric. A third option is to hold the trouser close to an evenly burning fire (camping cooker/stove), but please not too close.


Now, lacking most options mentioned above, I got a "great" idea: Why not set my oven to 50-60°C, apply the wax and heat the trouser in the oven?

So, how bad is this idea? Did anyone try this? How did it turn out?

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    I would say at this temperature you cannot lose much, so it is worth trying. – Snijderfrey Feb 10 at 17:55
  • @Snijderfrey I guess I will ask Fjallraven, too, but the fabric should withstand the temperatures. – Erik Feb 11 at 7:56
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    So, Fjallraven said "nobody came up with that idea yet, but it sounds viable and better controllable than the camping stove - so be careful, but go ahead". – Erik Feb 12 at 10:36
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    never tried but when I was young and needed my clothes ironed I just took a small cooking pot, put some water in, heat it on the stove, place a cotton towel in my cloth and then pressed and moved the warm/hot pot bottom over my cloth. Works like a charm – undefined Feb 13 at 13:26
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I would try the "flimsy travel hairdryer". It does not take that much heat to melt the wax, just keep it close to the trousers.

I got a G1000 hat and once successfully used a burning candle to get the wax in. Just rubbed it on got my hand in the hat and moved it close to the flame. If the wax melts you are good, your hand on the other side of the garment is an excellent heat indicator

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  • I went with your recommendation and it worked, though it took some time and the hairdryer shut down due to overheating in the end, but hey. Still, I will also try the oven-idea and post some pictures. – Erik Mar 2 at 15:06
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That should work great.

As you probably know The G-1000 fabric is a specific cotton-polyester blend. Cotton and polyester will not be damaged by those temperatures.

The Greenland wax is made from beeswax and parrafine. Neither will evaporate at those temperatures so your oven won't end up covered in waxy residue.

I can think of only two possible problems: 1. The wax drips off and the bottom of your oven gets waxed. This is easily caught with oven paper. 2. The wax is not spread out evenly. This is easily fixed by washing your trousers up to three times at 40 degrees Celcius, that should completely remove all wax.

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