My 686 Manual Rhythm pants got a bit on the dirty-side. Being bright yellow I can understand that. So... I soaked them in Oxyclean (first mistake?) then biffed them in the Top-loader (second mistake) with some kinda Eco laundry liquid shit we use (third mistake).
Turns out what happened is that the outer fabric is laminated with a rubbery white layer on the inside. This layer has got nearly totally destroyed, and my pants have a ton of white flakey crap inside the liners. You can see from the outside of the pants where the white backer has flaked off
Ahhh shit. *Facepalm*
Now, this isn't an anti-686 rant. The pants were dope, nice design, tough material kinda thicker almost denim-like. Loved em!
More a 'don't do this'... now I'm off shopping for new pants. Crap
My first 686 is now at 40% waterproofness. I learned on it and scraped a lot of the coating off. Tried NikWax TX-Direct wash-in, but didn't seem to help much. They recommended spray-on, but shouldn't a wash-in be better..?