20 June 2013

Cheap Trick for a Dry Dome

I've always been a fan of Filson's Oil Finish Wax products. Their unlined Tin Cruiser essentially unchanged since 1914, and chaps are used frequently and they've served steadfastly for many years, a story for another time...

With all of their water repellent goods comes a can of Filson's Oil Finish Wax. You can also order the tins individually, usually around $10 or so. It's meant to be used to refinish the tin cloth as it wears over time and works excellently for that task.

But oh so many other uses. I like it on hard working leather gloves as it preserves, protects, waterproofs and after some use you end up with a mild tacky traction grip that I like the feel of when using mauls or axes and the like. Some of my leather I treat with Montana Pitch Blend, another great product, but the working gloves get the Filson treatment.

I'm also a fan of applying it to hats, certain hats that I'm likely to wear in the rain, while the tin cruiser is keeping my upper body dry, a treated hat is keeping my dome dry and the rain off my eye wear.

With a single can you can usually do several hats and it lasts a long time. I've treated everything from ball caps to Million Mile hats with the stuff to great effect. Recently I took the time to do a boonie hat, the results of which can be seen below and it has worked outstandingly well. 

Cheap, easy, and it flat out works!


  1. That looks like a great product!
    Any idea about the contents?
    How does affect cloth like the boonie? Does it get stiff like with "ordinary" waxing? Might be something to use on my anorak.

    1. I believe it's pine pitch, mink oil, wax, not sure what else. Has a faint piny kinda smell and is somewhat tacky during application.

      The boone is still flexible but what ever you apply it to will be waterproof and won't breath anymore. The boonie has vents in it so no big deal. I do know you'll sweat more in garments treated with this stuff, they don't get stiff but they don't breath anymore.

      For the price you could try it on something small and see if ya like it. There's certainly some 'bake in time' for what I treat where I let it set for a bit after treating it.