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    i have some jackets and jeans that i dont really wear anymore
    i want to try coating / waxing these black or dark grey. but i have no idea what the designers use. what should i use or try?
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    Quote Originally Posted by unujnha View Post
    i have some jackets and jeans that i dont really wear anymore
    i want to try coating / waxing these black or dark grey. but i have no idea what the designers use. what should i use or try?

    There are several options: resin, paraffin wax, acrylic paint and carrageenan (I know its a medium used for applying dye to fabric) come to mind immediately. You can find options for fabric coatings at your local art supplies store.

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    There is a thread on superfuture on waxing denim, my suggestion would be to find that thread and follow the instructions posted there (parrafin + turpentine heated and combined?) but also add some dye (the procion variety would probably be your best bet) to acheive the colour you're looking for.

    If you can't find the thread I'll post it sometime tomorrow as I'm off to bed now.

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    I got an polyurethane-coated linen-travelcoat.

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    thanks guys=)

    reborn - resin & paraffin wax sounds great. sounds like very heavy work (i dont have garage and it prob stink real bad my new roomates will kill me)
    i've seen ppl in my school just paint their jeans with white acrylics and never wash them. r they gonna stink? im not sure it was from the paintings or the jeans

    sharkweek - i found the waxing denim thread thanks a bunch
    im goin to try these

    bestial - nice one..would that work on a nylon coat?
    i got this juicy nylon military fur hood parka which i want to turn black..
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    Quote Originally Posted by unujnha View Post
    thanks guys=)
    bestial - nice one..would that work on a nylon coat?
    i got this juicy nylon military fur hood parka which i want to turn black..
    I just assume that coating would work on any kind of fabric, synthetic or organic, maybe just a bit easier on organic stuff. But I'm now fabric-knower My coat got this metallic feel too it, make you feel like a cyberpunk

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    there are also waxes meant for outdoor gear. most of the time they consist of beeswax and parafin, and come in a bar so its fairly easy to rub on. you could probably find it at a sporting goods store. it wont affect the colour, but provides a nice mildly waxed surface.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bestial View Post
    I just assume that coating would work on any kind of fabric, synthetic or organic, maybe just a bit easier on organic stuff. But I'm now fabric-knower My coat got this metallic feel too it, make you feel like a cyberpunk
    do u mind giving me a simple instruction?
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    Quote Originally Posted by unujnha View Post
    do u mind giving me a simple instruction?
    Hah, I bought my coat, so I could'nt even tell you where to start, just wanted to put just another material in your hands. But I would assume that the polymere (isn't the mass called that?) is liquid and ju "just" have to work it out with a painbrush or something, might even be possible to "dip" them in a tank with the coating I guess.. would need hell of a lot of coating though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bestial View Post
    Hah, I bought my coat, so I could'nt even tell you where to start, just wanted to put just another material in your hands. But I would assume that the polymere (isn't the mass called that?) is liquid and ju "just" have to work it out with a painbrush or something, might even be possible to "dip" them in a tank with the coating I guess.. would need hell of a lot of coating though.
    thanks mate=) i'll definitely look into that
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    Most of the "wax" that is used on garments isn't really wax at all. I'll make it quick:

    Go to your local screenprinting supply house. You will want foil glue. It is the glue that you run through a screen and apply to a t-shirt before the foil is pressed down onto it. You'll have to experiment, but you will want to soften the glue. Try mixing it with silicone. You'll need an air compressor and paint gun. You can mix in pigments with the mixture to give your "wax" a color and to add depth. Spray a fine mist on the garment. If you have a professional drycleaning press (who does?) or even a heat press (the one used for foil application), cover it with teflon paper. You will have to experiement with temperature and time, but you will want to press the glued garment. This will give it that coated sheen and set the glue into the fabric. You can experiment by wrinkling the fabric, spraying it, and then pressing it. (Think Julius jeans)

    Although I haven't tried this, I have been thinking about it:
    Try using a "gesso" or gel medium from an art store. There are different textures, hard and soft, etc. Try applying that with a brush, water it down, spray, etc. Experiment. Then just try ironing it with a home iron using the teflon paper.

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    So a friend and I have attempted to make silicon coated jeans with some black calking before:




    This was our first attempt, so it's a bit sloppy but we learned a lot... I think if we ever do it again we'll mix the silicon with some paint thinner or try to use a lot less (we went a little heavy as you can see).

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    Obsolete and Diamonds... nice info and work!
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    Quote Originally Posted by diamonds View Post
    So a friend and I have attempted to make silicon coated jeans with some black calking before:




    This was our first attempt, so it's a bit sloppy but we learned a lot... I think if we ever do it again we'll mix the silicon with some paint thinner or try to use a lot less (we went a little heavy as you can see).
    I think if you wanted to get a REALLY even application of whatever you're applying to the jeans you could basically follow silkscreening instructions except don't burn in a pattern (or maybe not!?)

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    by silicone, I mean silicone softener. It's what is used by wash houses to soften t-shirts. It looks like you used sillicone rubber to "wax" those jeans. I think there is silicone in Armour All. The insustrial products used by wash houses smell and look exactly like Armour All. Again, just info for you DIY'ers out there. Try mixing Armour All with various glues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by obsolete View Post
    by silicone, I mean silicone softener. It's what is used by wash houses to soften t-shirts. It looks like you used sillicone rubber to "wax" those jeans. I think there is silicone in Armour All. The insustrial products used by wash houses smell and look exactly like Armour All. Again, just info for you DIY'ers out there. Try mixing Armour All with various glues.

    -o
    yeah that's exactly what we used. waterproof as fuck

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    painting clothes with ordinary wallpaint works too. After a couple of washes it cracks up nicely as well. make sure it's waterbased latex paint.

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    to get an even coat water down / thin down what ever you are using and stick it in a pump spray bottle, like what you would spray fertilizer with. works with paints, varnishes, liquid latex lots of stuff... all you need is a spray booth. (i peg garment on clothes line and blast it)

    i commissioned a wholesaler in hk to coat a few hundred yards of drill for me, they added a micro film of latex and its awesome. it looks and feels like wax but isnt as temperamental.. not gonna come off on yer sofa etc. it is completly crap to work with though the coating builds up on the machine needle and makes stuff go wrong

    the wax m lowry mentioned is fun to use, products like sno seal applied to areas to look like you have been working in some trade the butcher the baker the candlestick maker type thing and even though it still feels greasy it doesnt rub off on other stuff

    and spray cans,, random stuff from the hardware store not just paints, stuff you can spray on and itll make a big greasy smelly mess but then you wash it and itll leave a nice stain and or coating

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    can someone get the instructions to make oyur own waxed jeans from Supertalk and post them here?

    for some reason i have never been able to download the site.

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    yesss!

    i definitely want to experiment with a pair of light black levi's jeans i'm sick of (i bought two pairs because of the fit, but i'm sick of having two of the exact same jeans).

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