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Domke wax...

posted Jul 14, 2013, 6:59 PM by Jose Velasquez   [ updated Jul 14, 2013, 7:02 PM ]
I recently had my nephew re-wax my Domke ruggedwear bag, and he went to town with the wax. Rather than panic and worry about how I could get my hands on more wax I told myself it's Domke and it's made and distributed by Tiffen, and they would surely have more wax for sale. Boy was I wrong. 

I spent about an hour of my life looking for a replacement can of Domke refinishing oil (that's their verbage, not mine). I looked high and low, left and right, up and down, in and out, and to my shock and amazement the gigantic manufacturer of Domke bags doesn't offer extra cans of wax. I guess they either expect you to use only a little bit of wax to refinish your bag, or they expect you to buy a new bag every time you run out of wax (or refinishing oil, as they call it). 

Rather than panic and crying that the sky is falling I got to thinking...this is a technique that sailors have used for generations--putting oil or wax on canvas is not Domke or Tiffen's invention, so there was bound to be more options out there. I started sniffing around google with different keywords and came across some interesting alternatives, which I'd like to share with you. 

The first is called Filson Oil Finish Wax. It comes in a similar looking can like what comes with the Domke ruggedwear bags. The catch is you have to melt this stuff. The other item I found is the Otter Wax line of products: some you have to melt, other you just rub on (just like the stuff from Domke/Tiffen). Then I also found this article from Ten Engines about different waxing options: http://10engines.blogspot.com/2009/12/three-on-tree-wax.html. So there is hope, and although I'm disappointed Domke doesn't offer replacement cans of their stuff the alternatives look like they may actually do a better job!

Till my next review, rambling, or post, this is, hey, hey,
~jsv
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