We recently got a few bottles of 303 Fabric Guard back into stock and I decided to test some on my 5 year old NRS drysuit. 303 Fabric Guard is flammable, highly toxic, very expensive (compared to competitor products) and has major restrictions on its transportation - which all must mean it’s pretty good stuff!
As you can imagine, the original water repellent coating on the suit had long since been washed off. After a brief, fairly light application of Fabric Guard, I was amazed at how effective it was (see photo for proof). It also smells like bubblegum, which is a pleasant side effect.
The 16oz/475ml trigger bottle size offers the easiest application and best value for money. One bottle should be enough to do one suit two or three times (depending on condition of the suit) or one full set of gear (suit, top, pants, etc…) at least once.
While none of these products (Fabric Guard, Nikwax, Graingers) will waterproof a tattered garment full of holes, they do offer a good option in terms of extending the life of a suit that has been looked after and just needs a little TLC.
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