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Oilskin & Wax Garment Care


RB Sellars & Driza-Bone's Oilskin coats and jackets are made from sturdy 100% cotton that is coated with a uniquely formulated oil and wax finish to give the Oilskin its distinctive weatherproof and breathable character. As a specialised garment, the Oilskin fabric needs special attention to maintain its weatherproofing qualities.

How do I care for my Oilskin garment?

The following care instructions will help prolong the life of your Oilskin garment. Before you buy a Driza-Bone or RB Sellars coat or jacket, please make sure you choose the right size as stretched seams may allow water to penetrate.



• Follow the washing/care instructions attached to the inside of the garment
• Do not wash with detergent or hot water as this removes the oil and wax which are crucial to the Oilskin’s waterproofing qualities
• When the garment gets dirty, brush off dirt or sponge down with cold water
• When the garment is extremely dirty, hand wash in cold water.

If the garment requires a complete clean, we recommend using our Wool/Oilskin Detergent or pure soap (please note, the garment will require reproofing if it is washed using soap or detergent as these will wash out the waterproofing qualities):
• After washing, rinse well (we suggest hanging the garment outside on a clothesline and hosing down)
• Hang in a well-ventilated area until completely dry
• Do not hang on radiators, expose to naked flame or use artificial heat to dry 
• Once completely dry, the garment will require reproofing with Driza-Bone's Reproofer Wax 
• Do not machine wash, dry clean, starch or iron.



• Firstly brush off as much mould on the garment as you can find
• Sponge diluted vinegar onto the affected areas
• Hand wash in lukewarm water using our Oilskin/Wool Detergent or a bar of pure soap. Do not soak your coat
• Rinse off as much of the soap as you can and hang it out to dry using a strong coat hanger. Keep out of direct sunlight
• Hose down any excess soap and air your coat. It may take some time airing your coat out to completely remove the musky smell
• Once you’ve cleaned your coat the soap may have stripped most of the oil out of the coat so it will need reproofing. When reproofing your Driza-Bone garment please refer to the reproofing instructions as listed above on this page
• If the garment is completely overrun with mould you can wash the whole coat in diluted vinegar and water. (Dilution is one part vinegar and twenty parts water.) This will get the vinegar right through the whole coat to kill the mould.

Please note, always store your oilskin garment in a dry well-ventilated area. Do not place in a cupboard or plastic bag for long periods of time, otherwise, it will become mouldy.



• Always store your Oilskin garment in a dry, well-ventilated area
• Do not place in a cupboard or plastic bag for long periods of time as it will become mouldy
• If your Oilskin garment has become mouldy, we recommend hanging it under full sun for a couple of weeks 
• If the garment is still mouldy, hand wash with pure soap and reproof
• The oil and wax proofing on your garment keeps you dry but can also rub off on other fabrics, furnishings and garments, so be careful when wearing or storing your coat and do not place next to porous surfaces
• Do not stitch through or repair the outside of the fabric unless absolutely necessary
• If repairs need to be made, please make sure the area is reproofed after repairing to prevent leaking.


With wear over time, the oil and wax on the Oilskin fabric will naturally dry out. We recommend regular monthly checks to prevent dryness and promote longevity. At RB Sellars we offer two types of reproofing products through the Driza Bone range for Oilskin care:



  • For reproofing of RB Sellars’ Oilskin garments manufactured for Autumn/Winter 2019 (AW19).
  • Napier Jacket only.
  • For reproofing of small products (i.e. hats, bags and dog coats) or small sections of larger Oilskin garments.
  • No heating required.
  • Can be sprayed directly on the product.
  • Easy to apply.


  • For reproofing entire RB Sellars’ Oilskin garments manufactured for Autumn Winter 2019 (AW19).
  • Styles include Flinders Island Jacket, Flinders Island Vest, Wilburville Jacket, Wilburville Vest, Thiele Jacket, Lumberjack Vest, Anna Creek Vest, Caldervale Jacket, Nangula Springs Jacket, Oilskin Bucket Hat, Oilskin Cap).
  • One 400ml tin will provide two reproofing coats for RB Sellars’ Oilskin Jackets.
  • Wax compound needs to be heated and melted before use.
  • Use only genuine Driza-Bone Reproofer as substitutes may harm our garments. 
  • Do not use any leather care goods to treat your Oilskin garments as the Oilskin has different properties to leather.


Directions for use:

  • The Driza-Bone Oilskin Reproofer (tin) is an oil/wax compound that needs to be heated up by placing the tin in hot water (with the lid off) as this will liquefy the dressing (essential for easy and effective application).
  • Do not place the tin in the microwave.
  • Place the garment on a flat surface and apply Reproofer using a soft-bristled paintbrush or sponge, paying particular attention to vulnerable areas such as shoulders, neck seams and places subject to friction (e.g. pockets and creases in sleeves and knees).
  • After reproofing, hang the garment out in the sun on a warm day or use the heat of a hair dryer on a low setting, spreading the heat evenly over the coat (this is recommended to achieve a factory finish).
  • After drying, place the garment on a strong hanger and leave to cool.


  • For reproofing entire RB Sellars’ Oilskin garments manufactured prior to Autumn Winter 2019 (AW18).
  • One 250ml tin will provide one reproofing coat for RB Sellars’ Oilskin Jackets.
  • For best results, re-proof in warm conditions.
  • Regular reproofing protects the material, maintains the water repellency and ensures long useful life.


Directions for use:

  • Shake can prior to use.
  • Brush garment free of dust and dirt.
  • If necessary, wipe down with clean, cold water.
  • Do not use solvents, soaps or detergents.
  • Mix well before using.
  • Apply dressing with clean cloth rubbing well into the garment with special attention to seams, creases and dry patches.
  • Improve finish by blowing over evenly with hairdryer.
  • Allow dressing to penetrate by hanging garments to dry in the sun or another warm place.


How do I know whether my garment was manufactured prior to Autumn/Winter 2019?

You will find a small Pip Label inside each garment This is usually located 10cm up from the hem of the wearer’s left-hand side seam. This Label will state which season the garment was manufactured (AW17).