Congratulations, lucky Tchoup Industries bag owner! Your bag’s construction and materials have been designed to be durable and long lasting. An easy way to sharpen up your bag’s looks after many months of use, or ensure long lasting water resistance, is to apply a fresh coat of wax to the waxed canvas fabric. With a few common household tools and a little time, you can have your pack looking and functioning like brand new.
What You’ll Need:
A hair dryer (we used this Conair 1875 Styler for a more even heat output)
Clean, lint-free towels x 2-3
A tin of Martexin Original Wax (1 tin will be plenty for our Roulez Pack)
A couple hours of time over a couple days
Step 1: Clean any loose dirt or debris from your bag. Rinse under cold water (your shower or a backyard hose works great) and please remember not to use any soap or detergent of any kind. Hang to dry overnight. For stubborn dirt/dust/sand that has worked it’s way in to the fibers of your bag, you can take soft bristle brush and gently brush as much as you can off the bag and out of the fibers.
Step 2: Protect your work surface with an old towel (clean and lint-free remember!) or we used a large piece of cardboard.
Step 3: When your bag is completely dry, you are ready for the re-waxing process. The key step for an even wax application is heat. Heat the fabric, heat the wax and keep things as warm as possible as you go. You’re going to be working in small sections, so pick a section of your bag and heat it for a few seconds with the blow dryer. Then scoop some wax with your clean, lint-free towel and heat the wax on the towel. Then begin rubbing the wax into the heated section of the fabric in a circular motion. Apply it as evenly as possible. If you coat too thickly the fabric will not be able to absorb it all.
Step 4: After you’ve finished a panel or large section of the bag, use a second clean, lint-free towel to wipe up any excess wax. This is a good thing to do as you finish sections and after the completion of the entire bag.
Step 5: Hang to dry overnight. Once dry you may see spots that you’ve missed or have too much excess wax. Grab the cleaner of your two clean, lint-free towels and go ahead and spread out any excess wax and apply more wax to areas that still appear shiny or dry.
We found the end result very pleasing. Here are a few before and after photos of a Roulez Pack that was used non-stop, rain or shine for over a year by a local pedi-cabber and bike mechanic.