Washed MT500 shorts....

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DCR00
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Washed MT500 shorts....

Postby DCR00 » Fri Jan 11, 2013 22:01 pm

Evening all

Like a donut i have washed my MT500 shorts in the machine with detergent, rendering them about as waterproof as tissue paper

Is this reversible by using something like Nikwax ? or are they shagged ?

DCR

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Re: Washed MT500 shorts....

Postby compo » Fri Jan 11, 2013 22:23 pm

May as well try it if you have some nickwax. What's the worse that can happen?

I once did it with a coat and renickwaxed - it was fine

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Re: Washed MT500 shorts....

Postby warpcow » Sat Jan 12, 2013 08:21 am

I've got a pair that are a few years old now and spray them occasionally with Nikwax reproofer. Only ever wash them with pure soap or nikwax techwash type stuff.

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Re: Washed MT500 shorts....

Postby MarkLG » Sat Jan 12, 2013 09:41 am

They should still be waterproof (only the backside is waterproof on these anyway), but you have ruined the water repellent coating (DWR) by using normal detergent. Get some nikwax techwash and wash them again, then tumble try them on low heat (if the label allows) and they should be back to normal. You may need to spray them with proofer if the outer fabric is still absorbing water after that.

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Re: Washed MT500 shorts....

Postby jairaj » Sat Jan 12, 2013 13:46 pm

make sure you rinse the washing machine out first. Just run it on a hot cycle with no clothes to remove any detergent lying about.

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Re: Washed MT500 shorts....

Postby ddraver » Sat Jan 12, 2013 14:44 pm

Yep - proper wash and reproof they ll be fine!

Too much is made of this, yeah, you need to be careful but they re not ming vases. Same with contamination of disk brake pads...
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Re: Washed MT500 shorts....

Postby DCR00 » Mon Jan 14, 2013 15:43 pm

10 min soak in Nikwax seems to have sorted it

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Re: Washed MT500 shorts....

Postby DCR00 » Tue Jan 15, 2013 11:40 am

Response from Endura (for anyone interested)

"All of the Endura waterproof garments should be washed at 40 degrees with non bio products and no fabric softener. We advise against tumble drying. You can rejuvenate the waterproofing with products such as Grangers and Nickwax. We find the Nickwax TX Direct works well and is easy to apply."


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