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Nikwax Question

I bought two different bottles of Nikwax wash detergent.

One is the "Tech Wash" and the other is "TX Direct Wash In"


The Tech Wash says it cleans and protects the waterproofing of your garmet.

The TX Direct says it adds water proofing and revives breathability.


So my question is, which one should I use to wash my jacket?

Can I use both at the same time? Or if to use both should I do each separately?


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I use the wash first then the wash in after the jacket is clean so it takes two loads for me to do it. It says to do it this way on the website so that is what I went by. Plus I figured cant hurt putting two coats on the jacket, pants or gloves.
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awesome, guess I shoulda just gone to their website

thanks tho!

do you do multiple jackets/pants in one wash or do wash 1 piece at a time?


how have your results been with the two products?
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I do two items big items at a time and add in a small item or two like gloves or mask. Most of the jacket I own are white or some bright color that shows dirt very well. I was very impressed with how they came out looking almost new again. Plus my pants were way past the water beading up s tage and in the just soaks in to the fabric. It makes the water look like it bounces off the jacket like after you wax your car.
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sweet! cant wait to use it then! and glad i bought the 30 something ounce bottle

thx for answering my questions so quickly
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Careful with that tx direct wash in. It is only meant to be used on single-ply raingear or linerless shells. If you wash this stuff into your snow gear, it will compromise the breathability of your inner liner and make your jacket and pants breathe like a plastic bag. This is consistent with their instructions.

I have used the Nikwax tech wash for the last few years and it works great, got about 100 days on my current pants and jacket with 3 or 4 washes. This stuff actually restores breathability and even waterproofing, I haven't needed to add any additional waterproofing.

If you need to add waterproofing, get the tx direct spray on, and just put in on the outside of your shit.

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Careful with that tx direct wash in. It is only meant to be used on single-ply raingear or linerless shells. If you wash this stuff into your snow gear, it will compromise the breathability of your inner liner and make your jacket and pants breathe like a plastic bag. This is consistent with their instructions.

I have used the Nikwax tech wash for the last few years and it works great, got about 100 days on my current pants and jacket with 3 or 4 washes. This stuff actually restores breathability and even waterproofing, I haven't needed to add any additional waterproofing.

If you need to add waterproofing, get the tx direct spray on, and just put in on the outside of your shit.
I washed my coat, pants, and gloves in the TXDirect and the Techwash. The TXDirect I did at the beginning of last season as my gear was a few seasons old, and I the techwash I do whenever my gear starts getting a little funky. So far, I have no noticed no performance issues with my waterproof gear. It works fantastically. Nikwax makes a good product.

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Careful with that tx direct wash in. It is only meant to be used on single-ply raingear or linerless shells. If you wash this stuff into your snow gear, it will compromise the breathability of your inner liner and make your jacket and pants breathe like a plastic bag. This is consistent with their instructions.

I have used the Nikwax tech wash for the last few years and it works great, got about 100 days on my current pants and jacket with 3 or 4 washes. This stuff actually restores breathability and even waterproofing, I haven't needed to add any additional waterproofing.

If you need to add waterproofing, get the tx direct spray on, and just put in on the outside of your shit.

so if i have a nomis 3-n-1 jacket, would the tx direct be ok on the shell of that setup?

what about the wifes slightly insulated volcom shell?

same question for slightly insulated pants?

and im guessing pants with no liners or insulation would be fine?


readimag/nwboarder.....what kind of gear did you use the tx direct on with good results?
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My coat is a Columbia 3 in 1 and I washed the shell and the inner, and my Pants are Ripzone 20k, lightly insulated, and I washed them as well. My gloves are Dakine Element mittens, and they got washed too. I think that if I was washing my stuff with it regularly, then it could potentially cause some problems. That being said, it tells you exactly what you should and shouldn't use it for both on the bottle, and on the website. The techwash I use maybe 2-3 times in a season, MAYBE. I really don't wash my stuff too often since overwashing can lead to a lot of problems.

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Re: Nikwax Question

Yea, I don't plan on using much, but my shell some stains from taco'ing rails, lol, and wife's has some spots too. Thx for the info
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