/ Old gore tex
It's half dead, most the toggley bits have fallen off, its stained, UV faded and weathered, and I'm reproofing it... Or rather attempting to...
Is it possible to reproof a jacket that old? Or am I wasted time?
go with this. DWR reproofing is only as good as the outer surface, and if its stained it will be patchy.
theres an argument too that XCR was the gore membrane in its finest form other than being heavy (its still used in boots), so if that doesnt worry you, eschatons offer could be good (so long as the colours match your underwear of course).
I have an old Phoenix Goretex Jacket which I bought in 1989 and it's still going strong, ie windproof and waterproof. So I wouldn't give up on your Mera just yet!!!
Not a waste of time, IMHO, provided the face fabric hasn't weakened, the membrane isn't delaminating, and the seam tape isn't coming away.
I'd recommend the following:
i) a good wash with detergent washing powder (no conditioner)
ii) a wash with a soap cleaner to remove the detergent residues (in a spotless washing machine; read the manual about 'service wash')
iii) proprietary reproof
Toggles can be replaced cheaply.
Renovation should cost you no more than £10.
Which reminds me; peeling tape can be replaced, using the same method as here:
Use a warm iron to remove the old tape first, then iron on the new tape.
agree with above statements, if the outer is still in good shape it is worth the try, but if the outer layer is knackered then the treatment will be a waste of time
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